Faithful+Gould Raises a Hand for Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity

Leslie Marcum
Faithful+Gould took an active role in Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity's 'Raise Your Hand Chicagoland' house build event, which occurred on May 29–June 1, 2014 at Pioneer Court Plaza in Chicago.

More than a dozen Chicago office staff and family were involved with the four day event and their hard work allowed the organization to meet the goal of erecting one home onsite for tours and constructing frames for another 12 homes – with all 13 to be built in the Chicagoland area.

Carmelo Torrisi, Dave Scott and Derrick Hengstebeck have been part of the construction and young professionals committees, respectively, since November. They put in countless number of hours in preparation for the four day build event. Carmelo stated: "it was a very rewarding experience to contribute time to building homes for those less fortunate than ourselves. I couldn’t be more pleased with the level of involvement and enthusiasm these past few days - despite the early and long hours."

"I couldn’t be more pleased with the level of involvement and enthusiasm these past few days..."

Carmelo Torrisi, Faithful+Gould's Vice President & Managing Director

This four day event was planned and managed by Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity, and included an executive steering committee and six subcommittees. Faithful+Gould has been instrumental in contributing to the overall planning of the project. Planning activities have included site layout design, field verifications, building permit document preparation and coordination, vendor/supplier coordination, and logistics planning.

Photos by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity

Staff and volunteers from the eight Chicago-area affiliates worked the event and engaged more than 250 additional volunteers provided by the key sponsors. The goals of the event were to raise awareness, raise funds and create momentum to help transform generations of families and revitalize neighborhoods through home ownership.

Pioneer Court is set in a lively mixed-use district comprised of commercial, residential, cultural, and tourist areas attracting approximately 35,000 pedestrians and 41,000 cars every day. The team divided the nearly 13,000 square feet of space available into two halves – on the north, a public engagement area; and on the south, a volunteer construction area.

Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity (CHFH) is a nonprofit organization that transforms lives through affordable and responsible homeownership. CHFH was created as a support organization for the eight Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the Chicagoland area, with a goal of significantly increasing the number of families served in the Chicagoland region.

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