(Plain Press, December 2017) A fully rehabbed Habitat for Humanity house at 2027 W. 99th Street is now providing a home for a local family. Sponsored by the NRP Group and dedicated at a ceremony on October 26, the house is now the new home of Marketta Ramos and her family.
The NRP Group, a vertically integrated, best-in-class developer, builder, and manager of multifamily housing, sponsored the re-construction of the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity home in Cleveland, the company’s headquarters city.
The home was fully rehabbed over the course of the summer by NRP and 20 subcontractors and suppliers, who came together to donate their time, services, and materials.
From early June until mid-October, NRP’s construction department personnel carved out business hours to coordinate the scope of the work, while 16 NRP employees from across the company devoted four weekends to perform the general labor.
The NRP Group is the contractor building the nearby development, The Edison at Gordon Square. Many of the subcontractors and suppliers who worked on The Edison donated their services to help with the Habitat for Humanity House. NRP is the second contractor in Cleveland to ever sponsor a Habitat home.
“We greatly appreciate this significant contribution by The NRP Group, working as a partner with us to revitalize this neighborhood,” said John Habat, President/CEO of Cleveland Habitat. “The quality of their work is just excellent and the family is very fortunate to have this home.”
Marketta Ramos, the Habitat homebuyer, grew up in the same neighborhood on Cleveland’s west side and is now the mother of two daughters, Patricia, age 15, and Rylee, age 6.
“I wanted to find a home that they can grow up and have memories in, and be proud of,” said Ramos, who was introduced to Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity by a friend who is also a Habitat homeowner. “It feels like a fresh start, a new beginning, a new outlook.”
For Ramos, the fourth time applying for a Habitat home proved to be the charm, after three previous denials.
“First, it was discouraging but I just kept working on myself in order to get over that hurdle,” she said. “Through volunteering, it is very humbling for me to see how much goes into Habitat and see the different things that they do.”
NRP’s work on the Habitat home included new flooring and drywall, repainting, new wiring and light fixtures, new plumbing lines and fixtures, new gutters and downspouts, the installation of two-panel doors throughout, installation of high-efficiency mechanical/AC systems, low-emissivity glass windows throughout, new shingles and siding, new insulation throughout the home and in the attic, and rebuilt front and back porches.
On meeting and getting to know employees of sponsor partner NRP Group, Ramos added: “To have sponsors and people who are there to help you, I’m appreciative,” Ramos said.
Sponsors include: Severino Construction, Kazmir Construction, Inc., A Quality Rehab and Restoration, Prefferred Insulation, Inc., Exterior Armor, Energy 1 heating and Air, Roman Plumbing Co., Inc., Norman Electric, Inc. Ellen Lighting, Famous Supply, ABC Supply, Sliman Lumber, 84 Lumber, Hoenigman Landscaping, Miles Waste Disposal, Superior Speedie Portables, Brumco Construction, Stone Facilities LLC, Taptech Inc., and More Than Blinds.