Safeguard Partners with Habitat and BBC to Revitalize Colfax Road
On July 7, several media sources reported on the humanitarian efforts of Habitat for Humanity, Safeguard Properties and Burten, Bell, Carr Development Corporation. Following is a story from newsnet5.com titled Habitat for Humanity’s Community Revitalization on Colfax Road.
Habitat for Humanity’s community revitalization on Colfax Road
CLEVELAND – More than 100 volunteers from around the country came together on Sunday, July 7 for an unprecedented day of community revitalization on Colfax Road in Cleveland.
Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity partnered with Safeguard Properties and Burten, Bell, Carr Development Corporation to rehab vacant homes for new homeowners, help with exterior home repairs for existing residents, remove yard debris and make landscaping improvements.
“We really have an opportunity to make a noticeable difference in a short period of time on the street,” said Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity executive director John Habat.
Resident Ernest Smith had new steps installed on his back porch.
“They call it the forgotten triangle but it seems to be that we’re not totally forgotten because somebody remembered this area and their doing what they can to to revitalize it,” said Smith.
Safeguard Properties is the largest mortgage field services company in the U.S., headquartered in Valley View, Ohio. Safeguard employs approximately 1,700 people, in addition to a network of thousands of vendors nationally.
“Doing work on a property where people live and making lives better for them is absolutely, it fits right in with what we do,” said Safeguard Properties founder and chairman Robert Klein.
Resident Sharon Owens was born in her Colfax Road home. She raised her children and grandchildren there.
Owens loved to garden but had to have part of her right leg amputated in February due to an infection.
“It’s been a struggle ever since because I’ve always been a person that’s real active in the neighborhood and got up and did things. I can’t do it now,” said Sharon.
On Sunday, volunteers planted flowers and mulch in Sharon’s yard. She was grateful for the generosity of others.
“I’ve been here all my life and I really feel happy here,” said Owens.
Of the homes on Colfax Road currently owned by Habitat, two are available for occupancy now. Families wishing to become home owners through Habitat are encouraged to submit a home ownership application to GCHFH. Information may be found on www.clevelandhabitat.org
To view the online story, please click here.
Please click here for Habitat for Humanity’s official press release prior to the event.
Safeguard Properties is the largest mortgage field services company in the U.S. Founded in 1990 by Robert Klein and based in Valley View, Ohio, the company inspects and maintains defaulted and foreclosed properties for mortgage servicers, lenders, and other financial institutions. Safeguard employs approximately 1,700 people, in addition to a network of thousands of contractors nationally. Website: www.safeguardproperties.com.