1-800-HANSONS Helps Revitalize Detroit Property
1-800-HANSONS partners with the Black Legacy Advancement Coalition to help revitalize property in Detroit
Giving back is a priority to the 1-800-HANSONS team, and, every year, they donate their services to at least one charity or family in need.
This spring, they will be partnering with the Black Legacy Advancement Coalition (BLAC) to install 28 windows at a property in Detroit. This building, located at 2420 Virginia Park St., will be used as part of BLAC’s Ground UP Project, an effort to revitalize properties in African American neighborhoods.
When 1-800-HANSONS was contacted by the nonprofit about their first pilot program in Detroit, Samuel Ames, vice president of Market Operations at 1-800-HANSONS, said the team knew immediately that this was something they wanted to be involved with.
“The house, which is located right in the heart of Detroit, is exactly what we want to help fix up, and it’s for a great cause. We strongly promote any type of entrepreneurship, and, if we can assist at all, we knew we wanted to do that,” said Ames.
As part of the Ground UP Project’s Detroit endeavor, a commercial space – named the Black Legacy Advancement Center – will be designed as a mixed-used facility for both business and living. In the space, there will be a barber shop, a take-away food shop and catering service, and a full-service kitchen. Young men between the ages of 18 and 25 will be employed here – having the opportunity to live, learn and work independently and responsibly.
“We are thrilled that 1-800-HANSONS is partnering with the Coalition on this project,” said Dexter Sullivan, President, The BLAC Coalition. “It is extremely meaningful when local companies choose to invest with charitable efforts in their neighborhoods. Generosity in this manner goes a long way and is not easily forgotten.”
By providing their window installation services, 1-800-Hansons is helping the Ground UP Project renovate the Ali Legacy House, which will be located only two blocks from the BLAC Center and will serve as housing for the apprentices. Lodging will be offered at a reduced rate to give these young adults the ability to save nearly half of their monthly earnings in order to launch their entrepreneurial careers.
“I think it’s important that we give back to the communities that are supporting us and have helped us grow as a company,” said Ames.
1-800-HANSONS, which was founded in Detroit in 1988, expanded nationally four years ago. But Ames said the team still likes to support people in the community where they first started. Last year, the company helped a Detroit woman whose gutters were destroyed by a defective roof installation. And, after spending thousands of dollars on the roof, she couldn’t afford to replace the gutters.
“She had lived in this house in Detroit for 50 years and raised all of her kids there. A neighbor reached out to us to see if we could get the community to rally around her and help him raise money for the gutters. And we decided to donate the entire job,” Ames said.
In the last 30-plus years, 1-800-HANSONS has become one of the 10 largest home improvement remodelers in the United States with more than 200,000 satisfied customers and growing. Today, in addition to Michigan and Ohio, 1-800-HANSONS now services parts of Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Utah. The 1-800-HANSONS team is driven to make sure that every customer has a great experience, and their families enjoy the comfort of their improved home for a lifetime.
For more information about 1-800-HANSONS, visit https://hansons.com or visit them on social media at www.facebook.com/1800HANSONS and https://twitter.com/1800HANSONS.
For more information about the Ground UP Project, visit https://theblac.co/groundup.
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