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He Served. He Moved to Fort Mill. He Raised a Family. Now, Habitat is Serving Him.

Published February 7, 2017 on www.heraldonline.com

By John Marks
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FORT MILL
Milford Mayfield doesn’t have a thousand tongues for thanking the men and women set to fix his home, but he’ll make use of the one he has.

The Rock Hill native, who moved to his Paradise home in Fort Mill in 1975, is the first York County veteran to get assistance from a new initiative between Habitat for Humanity of York County and the Home Depot Foundation. The Repair Corps program is similar to other Habitat work making existing homes safer and more accessible, but it’s specific to veteran homeowners.

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Lake Wylie church puts faith to work for Habitat home

Published August 19, 2016 on www.heraldonline.com

By John Marks
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Sisters Fannie and Mary Nichols have lived five decades in their Clover home. On Friday, volunteers gave the home a little TLC.

They scraped old paint and pulled worn nails off a handrail. Others cut through brick to remove window pieces.

About 20 volunteers with New River Community Church in Lake Wylie signed up to help Friday or Saturday as part of Habitat for Humanity of York County’s home revitalization program. Kevin Layne with New River said the idea started with a church staffer and a Habitat leader.

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Paradise about to get a whole lot better

Published August 6, 2016 on www.heraldonline.com

By John Marks
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More community improvements are coming to Paradise.

Fort Mill Town Council voted July 25 to award an almost $570,000 bid to Corbett & Son Construction for work in one of Fort Mill’s most historic neighborhoods. The money comes from a state Department of Commerce community development block grant and county C-funds, which help with road projects.

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Home OwnershipHomeownership is a crucial foundation for helping low-income families find a path out of poverty. When they move out of substandard housing and into simple, decent, affordable homes, homeowners and their families frequently improve their health, educational attainment, safety and personal wealth.

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Keller Williams takes to house work in Paradise

Published May 16, 2016 on www.heraldonline.com

By John Marks
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If there’s a group that knows curb appeal, the 100 or so red-clad volunteers roaming Paradise on Thursday were it.

So, they added some.

About 100 volunteers from Keller Williams worked on home repairs in the Paradise community of Fort Mill.

Red Day, an annual service event by Keller Williams Realty, focused on the Fort Mill neighborhood this year as volunteers gathered with Habitat for Humanity of York County to spruce up the area.

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Editorial: Habitat for Humanity, partners make a difference

May 16, 2016 By The Fort Mill Times Editorial Board

If you’re starting to think Habitat for Humanity of York County is establishing a more visible presence in Fort Mill you would not be wrong. Although vehicles with the Habitat for Humanity logo are not quite ubiquitous, they certainly are not an uncommon site in town, particularly in the Paradise community.

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Habitat Houses Create Secure Spaces

Shenita

Published in the January 2014 issue of Habitat World - The Magazine of Habitat for Humanity International

Before moving into their Habitat York County home in 2005, Shenita Hart and her two children weren’t safe inside or outside the walls of their apartment.

Inside, where they should have felt safe and secure, the family lived with mildew on the windowsills and in the bottom of the cabinets. “I was in the end apartment, so when the drainage stopped up, I had water down the hallway. They had to replace the carpet several times,” Hart remembers. The walls themselves were cracking and pulling apart in the corners due to all of the moisture.

Outside those walls, drug dealers and their customers made Hart wary of letting her kids out of her sight. “They couldn’t go out by themselves,” she says. “The only time they went out, I was with them.”

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