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SAPRTANBURG, S.C. – Family-owned R.L. Jordan Oil Co., operator of 54 convenience stores based here, recently donated $65,000 to the Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg, to cover the building costs of one new Habitat home, which will provide one local family in need a clean, affordable place to live, the Spartanburg Herald Journal reported.
"We're hoping that by helping people into affordable housing it will have a multi-generational effect on Spartanburg," said Wilton Jordan, whose father, the late R. L. Jordan, founded the company in 1950. "Homes provide stability, security and shelter. Most of these families have kids, and this will help them get off to a great start in life."
This marks the sixth time R.L. Jordan sponsored a Habitat home in eight years, beginning in 1999, according to Tom Webster, director of Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg.
"There's a lot of bad news out there, with the economy in the state that it's in," Webster told the paper. "Here's a company that is trying to make things better and help someone else weather the storm. [Wilton Jordan] has been a member of our board for some time and the family has been very supportive. We're fortunate to have so many wonderful organizations in the area willing to help."
The R.L. Jordan home will be built next year at one of two sites—in a neighborhood on Highland Road with several Habitat homes, or at another site in downtown Spartanburg, he told the paper.
"We have a downtown store on East Henry Street, and some of the same people who shop with us will be helped," said Jordan. "We're handing back our profits to the community."
Company founder R. L. Jordan began a relationship with Habitat before his death in 2006 by donating money for four homes.