At its meeting on June 16, 2020, the Board of Directors of the Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity designated one of its new houses at The Glen to be named in honor of retiring President/CEO Pat Wirth. All are invited to contribute toward the $75,000 cost of a Habitat house, named the Patricia Carey Wirth House at The Glen, in Pat’s honor after her nearly two decades at the helm of the local Habitat affiliate. Pat is retiring at the end of June.
Pat Wirth has been responsible for tremendous growth in providing simple, decent housing for so many families in southern Beaufort and Jasper Counties. During her time with the affiliate, 54 houses were built in Bluffton and another 14 in Ridgeland. In addition, she worked with the Town of Hilton Head on a donation of land for the first Habitat community on the Island. Sixteen families have moved into their new homes at The Glen, and another sixteen will purchase homes in the second phase of this project.
In 2001, Pat proposed opening a Habitat ReStore in Bluffton to the Board of Directors. The store opened in a small space on Bluffton Road and is now located in a 20,000 sq. ft. space in Plantation Park. It provides local residents with a means to donate gently used furniture, appliances, housewares and more to be sold at the store at a discounted price to those who might not be able to afford new items. In addition to supporting Habitat’s mission, tons of still-usable items are kept from local landfills each year.
“The Board couldn’t think of a more fitting tribute to Pat’s accomplishments than a house built in her honor,” said Board member, Blaine Lotz. “We hope others in the community will join us in support of this celebration of Pat’s time with Habitat and in wishing her the best in retirement.”
Donations for the Patricia Carey Wirth House at The Glen can be made by credit card online by clicking here. Or checks can be mailed to the affiliate at PO Box 2747, Bluffton, SC 29910. Be sure to note that this donation is for “Pat’s House.” Questions can be directed to Brenda Dooley at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 843-681-5864.