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A Clover veteran can see his losses everyday. Now, others are fixing part of his problems.

Published April 08, 2018 on

By Tracy Kimball, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Army veteran Wilfred Boyd lost his uncle last year when the house just steps behind his own home caught fire.

"I see the house every day," Boyd said. "I miss him because he came over every day."

Those memories were refocused this week as workers made major improvements to his own 70-year-old home in Clover.

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Local veteran's home gets new roof

Published April 5, 2018 on

By: Elsa GillisCLOVER, SC - Volunteers armed with hammers, lumber, and roofing tiles transformed a South Carolina veteran's home Thursday.

The home was build by Wilfred Boyd's grandparents over 70 years ago.

“These are memories, you know my grandparents, they loved this house,” he explained. “Family functions were here, small kitchen, I don’t know they got all that food out of there to feed all those people. It was wonderful then."

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Domtar CEO, other local leaders help build Habitat house in Rock Hill

Published March 16, 2018 on

By Ken Elkins – Senior Staff Writer, Charlotte Business Journal

Domtar Corp. CEO John Williams can swing a hammer apparently as well as he can swing his company toward more profitable paper products.

The proof happened this week when Williams and a group of other York County-based chief executives started construction on a Habitat for Humanity of York County house. The leaders and other employees of Comporium, Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Founders Federal Credit Union, Williams and Fudge, Coroplast and York Electric Cooperative abandoned suit and ties for work clothes and picked up framing hammers.

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Fort Mill Vietnam vet receives new roof, home upgrades from local groups

Published December 06, 2017 on

By: Greg Suskin

FORT MILL, S.C. - A Vietnam veteran received a new roof Wednesday thanks to the help of local organizations.

RoofRoof of Charlotte, Owens Corning and Habitat for Humanity spent the day installing a new roof at Emanuel Barrett’s home on Joe Louis Street in Fort Mill.

The event was part of Owens Corning’s national Roof Deployment Project. The company donated shingles and supplies for the $6,000 job, which was done for free.

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A Fort Mill veteran needed a new roof. They had a program for him.

Published December 06, 2017 on

By John Marks, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


A Fort Mill veteran got a new roof Wednesday, as part of a nationwide program serving folks who served their nation.

“As a former Marine myself, I’m personally honored that we’re able to partner with Owens Corning and Habitat for Humanity to relieve a big stress for Emanuel,” said Jon Sabo, Owner of RoofRoof of Charlotte. “One of our core values has always been to give back to the communities we serve, and we jumped at the opportunity to be able to give back to someone right in our own backyard.”

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Federal grants helped rebuild in one Fort Mill neighborhood. But will others follow?

Published June 02, 2017 on

By John Marks, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


They’ve put plenty of sweat into making Fort Mill a better place for everyone to live. Now, looking forward, President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget has them concerned.

“Vital affordable housing and community development programs that empower families to become more stable and self-reliant result in an improved quality of life for all members of the community,” said Tim Veeck, executive director with Habitat for Humanity of York County, “and need to be prioritized within our federal, state and local budgets.”

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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

By John Marks, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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

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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Beneficial Impacts of Homeownership: A Research Summary

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

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


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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