Neither heat nor foul weather could stop Park Place Dealerships from their 10-week Habitat for Humanity build for the Salmeron family’s home in Dallas, which began October 7th.
“Our team sweated in the hot sun during week two of the build,” said Park Place Motorcars Fort Worth General Manager George Johnson. “But it was worth it! We got to hoist the first roof trusses onto the house, so the house literally began to take shape because of our hard work.”
“On our workday during week four, the weather was wet and cold,” said Amanda Brooks, a title manager in the Park Place corporate office. “So, they switched us inside to the Dallas Area Habitat warehouse, where we built walls that will eventually be put into place.”
Over the past month, Park Place members have seen the home transform from a blank slab to raising the first walls, adding the roof trusses, building interior walls and installing exterior siding to create a home for Rosemary and Wilber Salmeron and their two sons.
“When I walk through the house today, I see where my sons’ bedrooms will be,” said Wilber Salmeron, the future homeowner. “Our kitchen and living room are taking shape. My wife, Rosemary, and I are so thankful to Park Place and Habitat for Humanity.”
The build will be completed in early 2021 and will incorporate 160 volunteers from Park Place Dealerships, who will contribute approximately 1,000 hours on the construction of the home. The participating members are quick to point out they’re getting more out of volunteering than they put in.
Jarvis Coleman, service technician at Park Place Motorcars Dallas, said, “It’s been a rewarding endeavor to give back and help in the community. I’m glad I had the opportunity to do it.”
Members from Park Place Motorcars Arlington, Motorcars Dallas, Motorcars Fort Worth, Bodywerks Fort Worth, Jaguar Land Rover, Park Place Corporate Office, Park Place Auto Auction, Porsche Dallas, Park Place Volvo, Bodywerks Dallas, Lexus Plano and Lexus Grapevine have staggered volunteer days to serve at the Habitat home.
Ricky Ramirez, sales experience manager at Porsche Dallas, said, “It feels great to assist a family in owning their first home. Like Park Place is our place, this home will be their place.”
Shannon Kennedy, Park Place Dealerships accounts receivables, echoed the sentiment, “It’s awesome to help someone fulfill their dream of owning a home!”
Visit ParkPlace.com/HabitatforHumanity to follow the progress.
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. The local affiliate was founded in 1986 and has built more than 1700 homes over a 34-year history. Through affordable homeownership opportunities, financial education, advocacy efforts, and neighborhood empowerment programs, Dallas Area Habitat transforms families, revitalizes neighborhoods, and is working together to build a better Dallas. Strategically bringing together public and private funding, community leadership and vision, and thousands of volunteers – we will break the cycle of poverty and transform communities. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit DallasAreaHabitat.org.
Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987. For the past 33 years, the company has been engaged in the community through its support of the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy and education. Park Place employs more than 1,400 members and operates eight full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover. For more info, visit parkplace.com.