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Logistics Partners Join Forces with Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico to Support Home Ownership for Local Families

Logistics Partners Join Forces with Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico to Support Home Ownership for Local Families
15 Dec 2022

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., December 15, 2022: Trailer Bridge, Inc. and ATS International recently partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico to begin a rehabilitation project in the municipality of Guayama, Puerto Rico. The project is an extension of the logistics company’s ongoing partnership with the nonprofit to help local families through home ownership opportunities, supporting generational prosperity on the island.

Volunteers from both Trailer Bridge and ATS spent the day working alongside Habitat Puerto Rico staff and three families to complete various tasks including cleaning of the interior of the home, exterior work on the landscape as well as the demolition of a cement structure. The home, purchased by Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico in 2022, will be fully transformed throughout the next months and presented to a selected family.

Workers demolishing a building to help Habitat for Humanity
Trailer Bridge and ATS employees working alongside Habitat Puerto Rico staff to demolish cement structures.

“We are incredibly grateful to serve alongside these families to begin the work to transform a house into a home,” said Jacob Wegrzyn, Vice President of Caribbean at Trailer Bridge. “Trailer Bridge was founded on serving the people of Puerto Rico and giving back to the community in this way is just an extension of that commitment and our company’s culture of service.”

Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico is working in the rehabilitation of five properties in the municipality of Guayama, giving the opportunity to families affected by natural disasters in the area, to have a safe and secure home. Through its Home Acquisition Program, the organization build or rehabilitate single or multifamily homes on donated lands, structures or property acquired with monetary donations. Construction of housing units or rehabilitations are done in close collaboration with construction experts, volunteers, families, donors, and the community.

In 2019, Trailer Bridge and ATS, companies who both have operations in Puerto Rico, began an annual charity golf tournament bringing industry colleagues together to raise much-needed funds for the nonprofit’s mission. The 2022 Rally por Puerto Rico Charity Golf Tournament raised $100,000, the most since its inception.

golfers holding a check at trailer bridge's habitat for humanity golf tournament
Trailer Bridge and ATS presenting check to Habitat for Humanity Puerto Rico after a successful Golf Tournament.

“Seeing the money raised by our annual charity golf tournament in action is very rewarding and a truly special opportunity for us. I’m grateful for the opportunity to see the funds at work but also to work alongside this group of deserving families,” said Jay Thomassen, Director, ATS International. “Habitat for Humanity’s mission aligns with the core values of ATS as well as Trailer Bridge, and it’s a mission we are proud to support for years to come.”

“Through the collaboration of volunteers and partners like Trailer Bridge and ATS we continue providing the families we serve a safe and secure home. Corporations committed to our shared values, help us rehabilitate the future home of a family in this case in Guayama. We are grateful for the support of Trailer Bridge and ATS team for taking the time to come together with us and future homeowners, to make their dreams come true”, commented Amanda Silva Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico Executive Director. The 2023 Rally por Puerto Rico Golf Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled for April 28 and will be held at Bahia Beach Resort and Golf Club.

About Trailer Bridge

Trailer Bridge is a privately held full-service transportation provider headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida with offices throughout North America and in the Caribbean. A leader in transportation services, Trailer Bridge strives to provide customers the best possible service. This commitment to exceptional service has earned Trailer Bridge the Logistics Management Quest for Quality Award as #1 Ocean Carrier, Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces in America 2020 and 2021, as well as recognition as one of the Best Places to Work in Jacksonville, a Fastest Growing Company in Jacksonville, and a Top Maritime Business in Jacksonville. For more information about Trailer Bridge, please visit www.trailerbridge.com.

About ATS International

ATS International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Anderson Trucking Service, Inc. (ATS). Founded in1955 and headquartered in St. Cloud, MN– ATS is a recognized leader in flatbed, specialized, logistics, van, and international transportation. With offices located throughout the United States, ATS is the largest asset-based truckload carrier in Minnesota, and the 30th largest for-hire carrier in North America, operating more than 2,700 tractors and 8,600 trailers. ATS International extends that service coverage, providing global service through both operated international offices and well-established agent partners. For more information, please visitwww.atsinc.com.

Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico

Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico, is a non-profit organization with a history of 25 years on the island, being the local affiliate of the global entity Habitat for Humanity International, with a presence in the 50 states of the United States and over 70 countries. Founded in Puerto Rico in 1997, the organization works to help families and individuals achieve stability, self-sufficiency, and the opportunity to have a better future through development projects and affordable housing through the support of donors and volunteers. For more information, visit habitatpr.org.

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