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Nevada County Habitat for Humanity announces Premier Partners Program

Nevada County Habitat has launched a public/private partnership program where working with local community-minded businesses benefits both the premier partners and local hard working families.

The partnership works because the organizations — Habitat, Grocery Outlet and Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty — have a vested interest in homeownership, have parallel goals and aligned values. What makes these companies partners rather than just significant financial supporters of this cause is first the approach and second the creative collaborative efforts.

This is a partnership based on long-term commitments to provide real solutions to poverty housing while at the same time creating opportunities for business goals to be met. Grocery Outlet supplies new homeowners with fully stocked kitchen and bathroom cupboards on the day they receive the key to their new home and gives these families a local option to find the best grocery shopping deals. Coldwell Banker Grass Root Realty agents work on home builds throughout the year, which helps with corporate team building while promoting the benefits of homeownership.

“We measure our success in the difference we make in the community,” said Grocery Outlet owner Lori Bascom. “It is important to us that people in our community are better off. The people of Nevada County support our business, and we want to give back to this wonderful place we all call home. Habitat offers the perfect partnership in helping families move up and improve their situation with a permanent housing solution. Together, everyone achieves more.”

When you buy a home, you buy a share in a community,” said Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty co-owner Rick Dejesus. “Developing friendships with neighbors and feeling one has a permanent place fosters a safe and secure environment for oneself and one’s family. Furthermore, communities with higher homeownership rates have better educational performance, lower crime rates, more household participation in civic affairs and better household health. Our partnership with Nevada County Habitat for Humanity allows us to assist in providing the dream of homeownership to a sector of our community that we would otherwise be unable to serve.”

“Our Premier Partners are not just valued contributors to Habitat, but are important community leaders who share a passion for making this community better by lifting up local families,” said Debbie Arakel, executive director of Nevada County Habitat for Humanity. “We are building this special partner network of like-minded leaders who believe in the mission and who work with us to make a permanent and lasting impact on eliminating poverty housing in Nevada County.”

For information, contact Lorraine Larson at 408-859-8770.

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