By Leah Schmalz
On top of celebrating 25 years of serving low-income families, Habitat Matthews is looking ahead to the future. The organization plans to expand into Mint Hill to fill a hole in the community. “We hope to grow with the community and provide something that’s not being provided right now,” said Development Director Dawn Folmar. “We’re concerned Mint Hill is not being served with low-income housing.”
The first step in the process is to secure a retail location suitable for a ReStore. Folmar said this would “let people know [Habitat] moved in and had the intent to serve.” Proceeds from the store go directly towards building projects. After establishing a presence and raising funds, the organization could expand to building new homes, renovating existing ones and installing additions for the elderly, such as ramps.
Folmar said the organization has been looking for a retail space for over two years now and hopes to find one soon. In addition to securing a space, they will also need donations to stock the store. Habitat hopes to collaborate with The Armed Forces Museum & Archives of the Carolinas as well. “We would love to build a home for a veteran’s family,” said Folmar. “We’re always looking for new community partners.”After constructing 104 new homes in Matthews in the last 25 years, Habitat is planning to do even more in the future. “We’re pledging to do a lot of new things to forge ahead for the next 25 years,” said Folmar. One of the initiatives is the 25 in Five campaign, which aims to serve 25 families over the next five years through new construction or home revitalization. “We’re trying to get the word out that we have this goal in mind,” said Folmar.