Company employees, family rebuild home
JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. - Staff and family members of Meier Supply Co. Inc. pitched in to assist the Broome County Habitat for Humanity with a recent home restoration project in Endicott, N.Y.
Crews worked two consecutive Saturdays, with a team of 11 the first week and eight the second. Warehouse staff, management and family members all joined in.
"It really felt good," said Bernadette Meier, Meier Supply design and development manager. "Everyone I talked to said they'd like to do it again. At the end of the day, you may be dirty, tired and sore, but you also know you were a part of something that will make a difference in another person's life."
The house on Lawndale Avenue was gutted and will be completely refinished. The Meier Supply teams removed a brick chimney between the first floor and the roof; removed the furnace; ripped out lath, plaster and nails; and removed all the debris that was created during the process.
Frank Meier Jr., president and CEO of Meier Supply, has been a longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity. His first involvement with the organization was through the Heating, Airconditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International.
"HARDI has always been very supportive of Habitat for Humanity and has actually sent teams to a Jimmy Carter build. Last year we got involved on a local level, donating window air conditioners to the Broome County chapter of Habitat and decided to put a team together," said Meier.