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Habitat Cabarrus partners with Lowe’s to help Local Seniors ‘Age in Place’ by repairing homes

Concord, NC (October 20, 2023) –Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County (Habitat Cabarrus) received a $31,166 Lowes grant to help fund more than 10 critical home repairs in Cabarrus County. More than 230 critical home repairs have been completed since 2020. Over 72% of those homeowners were seniors and 50% were disabled.

It was funding from this Lowe’s grant and collaboration with Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church’s mission team (Charlotte) that enabled Habitat Cabarrus to meet the repair needs (HVAC, roof and ramp) of Elmer and Hattie Mae who have been in their home for nearly 48 years. Elmer worked for Goodyear in Concord for 37 years, Hattie Mae worked as a CNA for 30+ years. In addition, Hattie Mae also served as a minister for the past 16 years.

In 2020, Hattie Mae had a series of five strokes, a heart attack and most recently a diagnosis of breast cancer in January 2023. For most people, just one of those diagnosis would have been devastating. For Hattie Mae and Elmer, they knew God had a purpose for her and their faith has kept them fighting. Now both in their 70s, Elmer and Hattie Mae need the love and support they have always shared with so many.

Elmer and Hattie Mae were referred to Habitat Cabarrus by the Department of Social Services and Cabarrus Health Alliance (Cabarrus County Health Department) for their repair needs.

“I am so grateful to Habitat Cabarrus for everything they’ve done for us,” said Hattie Mae.

Habitat Cabarrus is ‘Aging in Place’ certified by Habitat for Humanity International, so part of the Critical Home Repair program is to assess the home of those 62 years and older to ensure their home is safe for them. While making the assessment for Elmer and Hattie Mae, Habitat Cabarrus sited the need for grab bars and a wheelchair ramp to be installed for Hattie Mae since Elmer had been lifting her wheelchair up and down the stairs to go to her treatments.

The funding from Lowe’s is part of a two-year, $6 million donation to Habitat for Humanity International to support home repair and preservation efforts in owner-occupied homes. Through this
partnership more than 75 local Habitat affiliates will complete more than 480 projects this year to address critical health and safety issues in homes across the U.S. Since 2003, Lowe’s and Habitat have worked together to help more than 18,000 people build or improve a place to call home.

Habitat Cabarrus Receives $77,000 Grant from Wells Fargo to Expand Access to Affordable Homes in Cabarrus County

CONCORD, N.C. (May 8, 2023) –The Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded $77,000 in grant funding to Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County (Habitat Cabarrus) for the third year in a row for a total of $237,000 in support of decent and affordable homes in Cabarrus County. Habitat Cabarrus is one of more than 230 Habitat for Humanity affiliates awarded grant funding nationwide through the 2023 Wells Fargo Builds program to help more, low to moderate income families access affordable homes.

The grant to Habitat Cabarrus along with the support of Wells Fargo volunteers will help fund four houses in the city of Concord in 2023.

“Wells Fargo is so much more than a financial donor to Habitat Cabarrus,” said Habitat Cabarrus CEO Bill Shelton. “The Wells Fargo volunteers have become part of the Habitat family. They support our future homeowners by attending home dedications and even one volunteer, Mike Robert, plans on joining our Weekday Warriors in the future. This is what a true community partnership looks like.”

“Wells Fargo is proud to continue our support of Habitat Cabarrus and their efforts to address affordable housing,” said Karen Lambert, Branch Banking Region Director for Wells Fargo in the Greater Charlotte Region. “Far too many people are facing housing instability and homeownership remains out of reach for millions of families. At Wells Fargo, we believe everyone should have a quality, affordable place to call home, which is the foundation for wellness, dignity, and economic opportunity.”

One of the future homeowners Willie, whose home will be partly funded by the grant is employed by Wells Fargo.

“As an employee of Wells Fargo and a future homeowner of Habitat Cabarrus, I’m grateful for not only the Wells Fargo Builds program but the Wells Fargo Community Giving program that allows me to volunteer 16 hours toward my Sweat Equity requirements,” said Willie. “It has been a challenge as a single mom, working full time and putting in 250 Sweat Equity hours with Habitat Cabarrus; but the program has been a blessing to me and my boys.”

In Cabarrus County, 25 percent of households spend over half of their income on housing.

This funding is part of a $7.5 million donation to Habitat for Humanity International through the 2023 Wells Fargo Builds program to build and repair more than 350 affordable homes nationwide.

Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County receives a $90,000 grant from Lowe’s to improve home safety and health outcomes in Cabarrus County

Concord, N.C. (Dec. 10) — Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County has received a $90,000 grant from Lowe’s to help complete 15 Critical Home Repair Projects in Cabarrus County. The funding is part of Lowe’s partnership renewal with Habitat for Humanity that includes a donation of $2.5 million to support 100 local Habitat organizations undertaking home repair and rehab projects across the U.S.

“We are excited to be a recipient of the Lowe’s Grant through Habitat for Humanity International. It gives us the opportunity to help older adults in Cabarrus County with essential repairs addressing their health and safety concerns,” said Carol Whittington, Habitat Cabarrus Critical Home Repair Coordinator.

Access to quality, affordable home repair and modification services continues to be out of reach for low to moderate income households across the nation. Habitat Cabarrus is addressing 15 projects that will include leaking roofs, heating and air concerns, and accessibility modifications. All project recipients are over the age of 62.

The Habitat Cabarrus Critical Home Repair Program addresses major safety concerns in homes by making necessary repairs at a subsidized rate. This allows homeowners to remain in their homes and preserve Cabarrus County’s dwindling affordable housing stock.

Lowe’s and Habitat began their partnership in 2003. Since then, Lowe’s has supported many of the global housing nonprofit’s efforts, including the Women Build Program and Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization program. Lowe’s has also supported Habitat’s Cost of Home national advocacy campaign and sponsored local Habitat builds and employee volunteer days, in addition to providing affiliate grants and donated products. Lowe’s commitment through 2022 will bring the company’s total contributions to Habitat to more than $84 million.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE 50 home improvement company serving approximately 19 million customer transactions a week in the United States and Canada. With fiscal year 2021 sales of over $96 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service nearly 2,200 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 300,000 associates. Based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs focused on creating safe, affordable housing and helping to develop the next generation of skilled trade experts. For more information, visit

Wells Fargo donates $80,000 to Habitat Cabarrus to help more families in Cabarrus County access decent, affordable housing


CONCORD, NC (October 26, 2022) – Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County (Habitat Cabarrus) is one of more than 230 Habitat for Humanity affiliates organizations awarded a grant from Wells Fargo as part of its nationwide initiative to help low-to-moderate income families construct and improve homes across the country. Habitat Cabarrus will receive $80,000 and use the funding to build four new homes in Cabarrus County, including in the cities of Kannapolis and Concord.

Habitat Cabarrus has built and closed on 176 homes since 1989 and manages the mortgages on 91 of them. Every future homeowner receives extensive financial training to give them the necessary tools to be successful long-term. At least one in every four Cabarrus County households spend over half of their income on housing and the number of Cabarrus County families who are struggling to afford rent is on the rise. Habitat Cabarrus is committed to building five new homes this fiscal year and complete 75 critical repairs to help its county residents move into affordable homes and keep current owner-occupied homes safe and livable.

“This is the second year we have been a recipient of Wells Fargo Builds funding,” said Habitat Cabarrus CEO Bill Shelton. “The Wells Fargo gifts totaling $160,000 not only impacts the lives of our current homeowners, but also the legacy of their families and future generations.”

Wells Fargo team members were on-site Thursday, October 20 volunteering their time on a Habitat home site. They worked side-by-side with the future homeowners in the Habitat program and a group of dedicated weekly volunteers known as “Weekday Warriors.”

The grant is part of a $7.75 million donation Wells Fargo is making to Habitat for Humanity International through Wells Fargo Builds, an initiative that provides philanthropic financial support and volunteerism to create sustainable affordable housing. More than 350 homes will be constructed or repaired with Habitat in over 40 states through the initiative this year. Wells Fargo Builds is part of Wells Fargo’s $1 billion philanthropic commitment to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025.

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Samara Chapman Awarded Danna Conner Richardson Memorial Scholarship

Samara Chapman was awarded the $2,000 Dana Conner Richardson Memorial Scholarship recently, a scholarship presented annually by Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County and the Richardson family in memory of Dana Conner Richardson, the late associate director for the organization.

“I knew a little about the scholarship and then Mr. Richardson explained it a lot more when I went to accept it,” said Chapman, who was presented the scholarship by Brent Richardson, husband of the late Dana Conner Richardson. “This means a lot to me, especially with the way she (Richardson) gave back to the community.”


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10th Annual Habitat Cabarrus Golf Tournament Raises More Than $18,000

Another Habitat Cabarrus golf tournament is behind us and we wanted to take a moment to say how thankful we are for everyone that was involved. It was a beautiful, fun day with lots of fellowship, laughter, and some pretty good golf. In the process we were able to net over $18,000 to help our mission of decent, affordable housing for all in Cabarrus County.

The South Central Properties team walked away with the BIG PRIZE, claiming the 10th Annual Habitat Cabarrus Golf Tournament championship, which was played at the Club At Irish Creek. They carded a 57 in the captain’s choice tournament and won in a tiebreaker. The winning team was comprised of Will Lisk, Ben Yow, Patrick Smith and Walker Dabbs.

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Habitat Cabarrus, Hard Work Open Door Of Opportunity For Grateful Single Mother Of Two

Ciera Butler has never been one to be ungrateful. For the past five years she was thankful to have a place she and her two young children could call home, even as she waged a constant battle against mold and insect infestations.

Those days are over though for the single mom.

She was presented the keys to her new Habitat For Humanity Cabarrus County home Thursday, bringing to fruition two years of hard, but joyful work toward her dream.

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Play A Round Of Golf While Helping Habitat Cabarrus

Do you want to enjoy a round of golf and help Habitat Cabarrus with its mission of affordable, decent housing for everyone in Cabarrus County?

No problem. All you need to do is enter the 10th Annual Habitat Cabarrus Golf Tournament May 17 at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis.

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Habitat Cabarrus ReStore To Expand Hours Of Operation

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (March 10, 2021) – The Habitat Cabarrus ReStore announced today it will expand its hours of operation beginning March 15, adding a full afternoon and an evening of shopping each week.

The ReStore will now be open from noon to 5 on Mondays and from noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. The store will be closed Sundays and Monday and Wednesday mornings.

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Habitat Cabarrus partners with UNC Charlotte on prototype home

CABARRUS COUNTY — UNC Charlotte is working with Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County in producing a brand new type of home.

Architecture professor Marc Manack is heading up a project in which he and his students have been thinking of new ways to redesign a home for better efficiency and affordability.

Habitat for Cabarrus Resource Director Kimberly Jones spoke about the prototype at an affordable housing roundtable with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson in Kannapolis last month.

She dove further into the project with Professor Manack in a YouTube video Wednesday.

“We’re very appreciative you and your team took on this project and this challenge,” Jones said.

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Single mother, KCS bus driver surprised by Warrick Dunn with fully furnished home

CONCORD — Markeisha Douglas thought she was simply finishing up some paperwork on the closing of her new home Tuesday morning. What she got was a greeting from Warrick Dunn.

Douglas, who has worked for Kannapolis City Schools as a bus driver for the last three years, has been a part of Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County for two now.  During that time she has been raising her son Jonquez while staying with her grandparents.

She was thrilled to get a chance at homeownership from Habitat, but she wasn’t expecting all of the pomp and circumstance when she pulled up to her brand new home.

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Washington family becomes first-time homeowners

CONCORD — Leroy and Tameko Washington were newlyweds in 2010, and then they were homeless. Now, they are homeowners.

Through circumstances far from their control, they spent a significant part of their early years of marriage living out of their cars or in motels while Leroy struggled to work due to health complications from a stroke.

It was an incredibly difficult situation to overcome and one others might not have.

On Thursday, the Washingtons were presented keys to their first home.

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Wells Fargo Foundation Grant Awarded

Habitat for Humanity to Build and Repair 350 Homes with Wells Fargo Foundation Grant

Wells Fargo support for Habitat for Humanity International and local Habitat organizations reaches $100 million since 2010

ATLANTA – Habitat for Humanity International and Wells Fargo & Company (NYC: WFC) today announced an
$8 million donation from the Wells Fargo Foundation that will support the construction and repairs of safe and
affordable housing built in collaboration with 350 families in nearly 50 states.

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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (July 9, 2020) – Today,  Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County staff and the Richardson family presented the Dana Conner Richardson Memorial Scholarship to Kannapolis resident Jada Smith. Smith, a rising freshman at North Carolina A&T University, received $5,000 in honor of the 10th anniversary of the annual scholarship.

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the restore needs your help!

Volunteers are the backbone of Habitat Cabarrus and Cabarrus ReStore.

They are the reason we can fulfill our mission of providing decent, affordable housing to our Cabarrus County neighbors in need.

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The Habitat Cabarrus ReStore located at 2902 South Cannon Blvd. in Kannapolis will reopen to the public Saturday, May 30. The store will operate from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Due to the precautions associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Habitat Cabarrus ReStore has been closed since mid-March. In order to maintain a safe shopping experience, all staff and guests will be required to wear masks while working and shopping when the store reopens.

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Give back today with #GivingTuesdayNow

Cabarrus, NC (May 5, 2020) – In response to the growing need due to COVID-19, the global movement GivingTuesday has launched a new campaign #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5. The campaign is meant to foster support for charities, non-profits and other organizations at a grassroots level to encourage people to give back to their communities.

To kick off your #GivingTuesdayNow, check out this list of just a few organizations that serve the Cabarrus community.

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Wells Fargo Contributes More than $11.5 Million to Habitat for Humanity

ATLANTA (Dec. 18, 2019) – Wells Fargo & Company is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to help families stay in their homes and neighborhoods, and to champion advocacy work that helps people meet basic shelter needs, among other initiatives.

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Prologis Employees Volunteer With Habitat Cabarrus During Company’s Seventh Global Day of Service

Concord, NC (May 17, 2019) – Employees from Prologis, a global logistics real estate company, volunteered with Habitat Cabarrus last month in the Magnolia Crossing neighborhood in Concord, NC, in celebration of IMPACT DAY, the company’s seventh annual day of service.

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