Aliquippa, PA () – ARDEX Americas, the leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance products for substrate preparation, tile and stone installation, concrete repair and restoration, and flooring installations kicked-off its 2011 support of the Beaver County Habitat for Humanity with an employee volunteer event at a home renovation in Ambridge, PA. Stephan M. Liozu has been appointed to the Board of Directors.
ARDEX Americas is a corporate sponsor, provides in-kind materials and organizing teams of employee volunteers to work on homes in the Beaver County several times a year. On cool Spring afternoon in April a group of employees from ARDEX Americas led by President & CEO Stephan M. Liozu went to work on a home being refurbished by the Beaver County Habitat for Humanity in Ambridge, PA. The volunteer team painted the entire house and assisted with some other tasks. The company provides a paid leave of absence for employee volunteers on Friday afternoons and sometimes the volunteer events are held on a Saturday.
“Habitat for Humanity is an excellent organization and a good fit for ARDEX,” stated Stephan M. Liozu, President & CEO of ARDEX Americas. “ARDEX remains committed to supporting local charitable and community organizations as a good corporate neighbor. Our employees enjoy the events and it’s a pleasure having the opportunity to meet the families and seeing the joy in their faces knowing that they
are realizing their dreams of owning their own home.”
A misconception is that the homes provided by Habitat for Humanity are provided at no cost to the family and the organization then just walks away. Candidates are required to apply for a home and must meet strict criteria to be considered for placement. The family is required to take training on managing a home, finances and home maintenance. The family must invest in sweat equity in the restoration of their home and maintain payments on a zero percent interest loan procured and co-signed by Habitat for Humanity. This prevents the new homeowners from flipping the home and selling it for a quick profit. There are on-going checks by the organization to ensure the homes are being maintained properly and the loan is being paid on-time.
ARDEX Americas began its affiliation with Habitat for Humanity in 2008 and will participate in several home renovations throughout the year.