Warrenville family gets new home from SRNS, Habitat for Humanity

By: News release from SRNS Email
By: News release from SRNS Email
This is the second Savannah River Nuclear Solutions-sponsored Habitat for Humanity home, and the first built in the Warrenville area by SRNS.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) and Aiken County Habitat for Humanity present home to Warrenville family. (Credit to SRNS)

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011

AIKEN, S.C. -- Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, (SRNS) and Aiken County’s Habitat for Humanity held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday celebrating the completion of a new Habitat for Humanity house for a Warrenville family.

This is the second Savannah River Nuclear Solutions-sponsored Habitat for Humanity home, and the first built in the Warrenville area by SRNS.

SRNS donated $50,000 to the project, which paid for all of the building materials used to construct the three-bedroom, 1,100 square-foot home.

Located on St. Johns Place, in the Warrenville Ridge subdivision, the structure took 12 weeks to complete, a month ahead of schedule, using an all-volunteer workforce.

Nine crews, consisting of approximately 400 SRNS employees worked long hours to ensure that Qiana Johnson and sons, 9-year-old Shemar and 3-year-old Braylen would move into a soundly built, high-quality home. Other volunteers for Habitat, many of whom are retired SRS employees, helped build the house as well.

“It’s hard for me to put into words how much this new house means to us,” said Johnson. “I’m so grateful to all the SRNS volunteers and to the Habitat for Humanity organization. Today, this house has become a much loved home.”

Johnson is an assistant manager at Kangaroo Express and has lived with her mother in Windsor, S.C., for the last nine years.

“I truly enjoyed helping the various teams build our new home,” added Johnson. “I had no idea how much work is involved, and how many skilled people are needed to build a house.”

“I’m so proud of our employee volunteers,” said Fred Dohse, SRNS executive vice president. “This house was built with strong hands and, more importantly, big hearts. Many of the volunteers put in long hours of hard work, frequently in temperatures reaching well into the 90’s. Their dedication towards helping Qiana and her family is truly moving.”

SRNS built the first Habitat for Humanity (HFH) house ever constructed in Jackson, S.C., in August of last year for Dena Garrett and her three children.

“One might think that building all these Habitat houses over the years would become a matter of routine,” said Richard Church, HFH executive director for Aiken County. “However, each ribbon-cutting ceremony is special to me, because they reconfirm the life-changing role that Habitat plays in our community. It is great to be a part of the Habitat’s Christian mission of providing homeownership opportunities to low-income families in need of decent and affordable housing. The SRNS sponsorship exemplifies its commitment and involvement to work together with Habitat and other organizations to build a better community in which we live and work. Habitat greatly appreciates the generous support from SRNS.”

This house represents the 86th Habitat for Humanity home built in Aiken County.

Habitat for Humanity is the fourth largest home building organization in the U.S.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, is a Fluor-Daniel Partnership comprised of Fluor, Newport News Nuclear and Honeywell, responsible for the management and operations of the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site, including the Savannah River National Laboratory, located near Aiken, South Carolina.

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