Alexandria, Va. and Americus, Ga. - Sept. 9, 2000 - Habitat for Humanity International and the SAINTS Foundation today announced a new partnership. The SAINTS (Safety, Awareness and Independence Now Through Security) Foundation, supported by trade associations and private companies in the security industry, will donate security services, including the installation of burglar and fire alarms and, lock hardware, to each Habitat project in North America. SAINTS and Habitat estimate that the donation could reach $9.5 million in the first year of the project. This level of donation places the SAINTS Foundation in the Cornerstone Society of Habitat for Humanity's More Than Houses: Rebuilding Our Communities campaign, chaired by former Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Jack Kemp.
"The security industry and the SAINTS Foundation are very proud and honored to be affiliated with Habitat for Humanity," said Ron Spiller, president of the SAINTS Foundation and executive director of the Security Industry Association, the industry trade group that initiated the foundation's formation. "Individual empowerment is a great part of what Habitat provides. That uniquely parallels the security industry. Our technology empowers people to feel secure and promotes safe communities. It's a great partnership."
"We are grateful for this significant contribution from the SAINTS Foundation and the security industry," said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. "Habitat for Humanity has a commitment to creating safe housing and safe communities and this partnership will help us fulfill that commitment."
The SAINTS/Habitat partnership will commence with the Jimmy Carter Work Project. Homes in New York City and Sumter County, Georgia will be outfitted with burglar and fire alarms, and quality lock hardware, all donated through the SAINTS Foundation. Habitat homeowners will also be provided with a special Habitat central station monthly monitoring rate. Monitoring of the systems provides 24 hour a day, 365 days a year protection for the homeowners.
The initial security industry donors to the SAINTS/Habitat program are ADT Security Services, Inc., Brink's Home Security, NAPCO Security Group, Securitron Magnalock (an ASSA ABLOY Group Company) and Select Engineered Systems.
The SAINTS Foundation was created as an extension of the SAINTS program, which donated burglar and fire alarm systems to churches in the Congress of National Black Churches Church Rebuilding and Arson Prevention Program. That program won the Organization of Excellence Award from the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives and the Summit Award in the Associations Advance America program from the American Society of Association Executives.
Dedicated to eliminating poverty housing, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry founded by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda. HFHI and its 1,988 affiliates in 68 nations have built and sold nearly 100,000 homes to partner families at no profit with zero-interest mortgages. With the More Than Houses campaign, Habitat plans to extend that number to 200,000 by the end of 2005. And, according to campaign chair Jack Kemp, commitment like that from the SAINTS Foundation will enable Habitat to reach its goal. "More Than Houses' success requires a collaborative effort," said Kemp. "The SAINTS commitment is a perfect demonstration of that."