Tile Partners for Humanity and Mountain Re-Source Center merge to serve Habitat for Humanity and other nonprofit partners

Tile Partners for Humanity (TPFH), the partnership of tile industry members serving Habitat for Humanity, has merged with Mountain Re-Source Center (MRC), a nonprofit organization working to place donations of building materials and other products with nonprofit partners around the country.

Together, the two organizations will fulfill a pledge to Habitat for Humanity International to provide $5 million worth of tile industry products and services to Habitat affiliates over a five-year period. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that builds, rehabilitates, repairs and improves homes with families in need.

TPFH, founded in 2002, represents a partnership between manufacturers, distributors and contractors in the tile industry who work together to donate products to Habitat for Humanity affiliates and Habitat ReStore resale outlets. Industry partners provide materials including tile, tools, cleaners and sealers as well as labor and installation training to Habitat affiliates. At times, product donations are provided to be resold at Habitat ReStore resale outlets, stores that sell donated goods to the general public to help local Habitat affiliates fund the construction of homes within their communities.

MRC is a 501(c)(3) organization that works to link nonprofit partners of all sizes and manufacturers, distributors, contractors and individuals with surplus usable products by sourcing donations of building materials as well as disaster relief materials, educational resources, household necessities, and medical supplies. Founded in 1999, MRC branched from serving small groups in the mountains of the Appalachian community to working with organizations across the country. Since 2006, Mountain Re-Source Center has distributed over 1500 semi truckloads of materials from coast to coast and to natural disaster sites as far away as Haiti and Honduras.

Ally Venugopal and Victoria Wright install tile at a Habitat for Humanity house in Georgia.

New homeowner Sonja Pania sits in the doorway of her newly tiled kitchen.

Amanda Wallbrown receiving a donation of ceramic tile in central Appalachia.

New homeowner Renda Collins sits in her newly-tiled utility.

Newly installed donated tile in a school in Honduras.

“We appreciate Mountain Re-Source Center for embracing this partnership. Donations of housing materials are vital to Habitat’s ability to create affordable housing, and we are grateful for the tile industry’s ongoing commitment. Tile Partners for Humanity has provided much-needed support to Habitat’s work in building with low-income homeowners and strengthening communities across the country.”

Larry Gluth, senior vice president, U.S. and Canada, Habitat for Humanity International
“Mountain Re-Source Center and Tile Partners for Humanity are proud to continue partnering with Habitat for Humanity International. We share Habitat’s belief that everyone deserves a decent place to live, and we can each play a role in reaching that goal. We are committed to providing quality materials and hands and hearts toward building decent, affordable, energy-efficient homes to strengthen families and communities.”

Herb Miller, MRC executive director
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