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Hilti Tulsa team builds a better future for another family through Habitat for Humanity

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By Avi Khan, President and CEO at Hilti North America

Plano, TX:  Getting a mother and her two young daughters into a home they can call their own in time for Christmas was a tall target back on Sept. 14, 2018, the day the walls were raised on our latest Habitat for Humanity build. But our team can accomplish great things, and this was no exception.

Thanks to a sponsorship by Hilti and the extraordinary planning and hard work of our team members, I had the privilege of handing Erica Drake the keys to her new home during a dedication ceremony on Nov. 7. Karl Neumaier, our COO, and plenty of Hilti volunteers were also on hand to wish Erica and her daughters the best.

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What does it take to complete a Habitat home in less than three months? Approximately 3,000 volunteer hours and an intense commitment to give another young family a new start with added safety and security including the chance to become a permanent part of a community.

The local team, along with attendees at training programs on the Tulsa campus, really showed their spirit of giving back and commitment over the last three months.

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One common misconception I hear about Habitat for Humanity is that the organization gives away homes. Not at all. Instead, they partner with companies like Hilti to provide a path to home ownership. Habitat home buyers pay a mortgage and invest in their home through "sweat equity", working side-by-side with sponsors and volunteers on home builds and volunteer work. 

Growing up, Erica's mother was forced to move her and her sister from apartment to apartment around Tulsa, and was never able to give them the feeling of stability that home ownership brings. Now, Erica and her daughters have moved out of a Tulsa Housing Authority apartment and into their beautiful new home located in Tulsa’s historic Kendall-Whittier neighborhood. Erica, who is a teacher’s assistant, hopes to become a full-time teacher.

On behalf of the entire Hilti team, I wish her every success.

About Hilti, Inc.

Hilti is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of quality, innovative and specialized tools and fastening systems for the professional user. With more than 3,600 highly trained Hilti account managers, engineers, and Hilti employees throughout North America, Hilti expertise covers the areas of powder actuated fastening, drilling and demolition, diamond coring and cutting, measuring, firestopping, screw fastening, adhesive and mechanical anchoring, and strut and hanger systems.

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