Company leaders including Chief Diversity Officer Phyllis James helped present new homeowner Ebone Earl with her keys on Wednesday. MGM Resorts sponsored the home, primarily through Community Grants Fund gifts, and employees accounted for nearly half of the 4,000 volunteer hours to build it over the last six months. The North Las Vegas home is the fifth to be sponsored by MGM Resorts over the last several years.
“About 300 employees put in 1,800 hours to build this very house,” said Ms. James. “I can’t tell you what a joy it is for all of us at MGM Resorts to make this dedication. We know what a difference it makes for a family to have a house of their own to come home to, and affordable housing is one of the most critical areas of need in the U.S. today. We’re helping to uplift neighborhoods like this one one home at a time.”
The house is a one-story with three bedrooms and an attached, two-car garage. Ms. Earl and her two young children each get their own room.
“The kids have their rooms picked out. They’re excited that they get their own bedrooms,” she said.
Habitat for Humanity homeowners purchase their homes directly from the non-profit organization with no-interest, affordable mortgages. In addition, owners are required to put in at least 300 hours of “sweat equity” into their own house.
“It was a long six months, but I learned so much about construction and met so many nice people,” said Ms. Earl. “I enjoyed all of it.”
The Earl’s new home is one of six adjacent Habitat for Humanity home sites in a neighborhood near Cheyenne and the I-15. Theirs is the fourth one completed; the final two are currently under construction. Group volunteer opportunities do exist but must be scheduled far in advance, said Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Coordinator Manuela Campbell.
“We currently have a waiting list and I actually have a few MGM Resorts groups already on it,” she said. “The earliest openings will probably be in late August or September and people should contact me if they are interested. We love hosting groups. Ideal groups are between 15 and 20 people but we can accommodate up to 30.”