AT&T Volunteers Help Build a Habitat for Humanity Newark Home for a Local Veteran with Disabilities

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 19:32 Local Talk News Editor


 Sgt. Adrian Simmons, a Newark native who served in the U.S. Army for 10 years, is getting the support of Habitat for Humanity Newark and many corporate sponsors helping to build him a home in the city's South Ward.
Today, nearly 25 AT&T volunteers from the Digital Life team and AT&T's New Jersey Veterans Employee Resource Group joined Habitat Newark to construct the home, part of Habitat Newark's 23-unit development in the South Ward, known as "Harmony Point."

The home at 100 Hawthorne Avenue is all part of Habitat Newark's ongoing efforts to ensure that local veterans and others get the quality, affordable homes they deserve. The Newark location is one of five Habitat for Humanity homes AT&T Digital Life is helping build in June. The other locations are in Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, and Miami.

"On behalf of Sgt. Simmons and our other partner families who will soon be living in Harmony Point, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to AT&T," said Habitat Newark CEO Jeffrey Farrell. "By providing these many selfless volunteers, as well as supporting us with a generous donation, AT&T is a cherished partner of Habitat Newark. Companies like AT&T are the reason that Sgt. Simmons will soon be blessed with home ownership."

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Sgt. Simmons was honorably discharged after sustaining a back & shoulder injury while serving in Panama. Following his return from service, Simmons had major difficulty maintaining adequate housing and a friend, realizing his situation, recommended he contact Habitat Newark. Simmons now lives with his health aide who has kindly taken him into her home. Simmons says he looks forward to Habitat Newark and their sponsors assisting with the construction of his new home.

As part of the build day, AT&T presented a $10,000 check to Habitat Newark and posed for photos with Farrell and Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor-Marin (D-29) who represents the district where Sgt. Simmons new home is being built. The company also donated two years of free Digital Life home security services to Sgt. Simmons.

"Our nation's service men and women make sacrifices to protect our country and our freedoms," said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid-Atlantic Region. "We see it as an honor to support Sgt. Simmons in this Habitat build for his home in Newark."

AT&T's $10,000 contribution to Habitat Newark is part of a national $150,000 donation to support the nonprofit's mission.

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