June 16, 2016
Assurant and Habitat Make Dream Come True for Cobb Family
MABLETON, Ga., June 16, 2016 – Representatives of Assurant and Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta today dedicated the 13th home sponsored by the company and built by volunteers from Assurant’s Atlanta offices.
Every Thursday for eight weeks, employees from Assurant – more than 250 in all – built a new home in suburban Mableton for Jude Tawiah and his four daughters. Tawiah, a machine operator, arrived in the United States from Ghana seven years ago, but he and his family have been living in substandard rental housing – a cramped basement room – until they found the Habitat program. Now, his family has a clean, safe home of their own.
“Habitat and Assurant have put a roof over the head of a servant,” Tawiah said. “I have no words.”
The Tawiah family joined Habitat officials and volunteers from Assurant to celebrate the dedication of her new home. Along with Assurant’s volunteers, who worked under the guidance of Habitat leaders, a donation from the Assurant Foundation funded the construction materials. In addition to the 13 houses sponsored in full, Assurant’s Atlanta offices also partnered on two co-sponsorships.
“We believe in the Habitat for Humanity approach, helping consumers become homeowners and understand all of the responsibilities that come with that commitment,” Assurant President and CEO Alan Colberg said in a statement. “Our employee volunteer teams bring our financial support to life through their teamwork, skills and hard work. We are very proud that our efforts built 13 homes already in Northwest Metro Atlanta.”
Habitat homeowners purchase their homes through the organization via zero-interest loans, and contribute at least 200 hours of “sweat equity” – work on their own home and those of other participants. They also receive education in home ownership and finance.
Assurant has more than 2,000 employees in the metro Atlanta area. Northwest Metro Atlanta Habitat is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, the worldwide housing organization.
Assurant, Inc. (NYSE: AIZ) is a global provider of risk management solutions, protecting where consumers live and the goods they buy. A Fortune 500 company, Assurant focuses on the housing and lifestyle markets, and is among the market leaders in mobile device protection; extended service contracts; vehicle protection; pre-funded funeral insurance; renters insurance; lender-placed homeowners insurance; and mortgage valuation and field services. With approximately $30 billion in assets as of March 31, 2016, and $8 billion in annual revenue for the year ended 2015, Assurant is located in 16 countries, while its Assurant Foundation works to support and improve communities. Learn more at assurant.com or on Twitter @AssurantNews.
Senior Director, Communications
Assurant Specialty Property, Atlanta