Murray Hill, New Jersey, U.S., June 19, 2007 -- A Cartersville, Georgia, mother and her family is about to move into a new home she helped build with help from the Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity and BOC.
BOC is a division of The BOC Group, Inc., which Linde AG acquired in 2006 and is now known globally as The Linde Group, one of the world’s leading engineering and industrial gases companies.
Pamela Dennis, 51, will move this month with her son, daughter, and two grandchildren to a house on West Main Street in Cartersville.
Since construction began in November, Dennis’ family and friends joined forces with volunteers from BOC and Linde, other area companies, schools and churches to help Dennis nail, caulk and paint her way to home ownership. A core group of these volunteers, whom Dennis calls “the faithful few,” worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Dennis every Saturday.
Dennis has been living since 2002 with her family in the Etowah Housing Authority apartments, Cartersville’s public housing complex. She says she is excited about moving into her new home and grateful for the contributions and volunteer work that built it.
“We’ve been blessed. It really has been an experience to see how people unselfishly sacrifice their time to help someone else, someone they don’t even know,” Dennis said.
Habitat homes aren’t free. Since Dennis was selected last July to receive a home, she and her daughter, Desirrae, 20, have completed over 450 “sweat equity” hours, working at the Habitat store and building her own and another recipient’s homes. After Dennis closes on the house she will pay an interest-free, monthly mortgage of $450 to Habitat for the next 30 years.
Robin Hooker, executive director, Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity, says the Dennis family has worked hard to receive a Habitat house. “In addition to completing her sweat equity hours, Dennis has participated in education classes at Lowes on how to take care of your home. Dennis has participated in almost every Habitat build day and is very dedicated to the mission of Habitat for Humanity. We are very excited to have such a wonderful family,” Hooker said.
Dennis’ new, single family ranch house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, dining room and kitchen. Dennis says she is also excited about having a house, where her autistic son Harold, 19, can live safely and a backyard where he and her grandchildren can play.
“I am going to enjoy the tranquility of having my own home. I’ll be able to call it mine, I’ll be able to secure my son and I’ll have a heritage to pass down,” Dennis said.
BOC is also putting down roots in Cartersville. The company is investing over $30 million to build an air separation plant in the Guyton Industrial Park on Peeple’s Valley Road. When the facility begins operating this summer, the oxygen and nitrogen from the plant will be trucked to hospitals, food processors, metals and chemicals manufacturers in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Hank Moser, area sales manager, BOC, leads the company’s involvement in the Habitat project. “We want to contribute to the community we are joining. What better way to do that than to provide a safer home for a hardworking mother and her family? We’re pleased to be able to invest in the future of Cartersville and its residents.”
The Linde Group is a world leading industrial gases and engineering group of companies with more than 51,000 employees working in around 70 countries worldwide. Following the acquisition of The BOC Group, the 1 Sept 2006, the group has gases and engineering sales of approximately 12 billion euros. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards forward-looking products and services. For more information, please see The Linde Group online at http://www.linde.com
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