– Pulaski Elementary-Middle School receives two new playscape structures from Quicken Loans –
DETROIT, August 6, 2015 – Detroit-based Quicken Loans has partnered with Carter’s Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to developing community parks and playgrounds for children, to build two brand new playground structures at Pulaski Elementary-Middle School in Detroit’s Osborn neighborhood on the city’s east side. The playscapes were built, in part by volunteers from Quicken Loans, over a three-day span and culminated in a ribbon cutting ceremony with celebrity TV host and Michigan-native Carter Oosterhouse, founder of Carter’s Kids to unveil the new playgrounds.
“When I heard that the students of Pulaski were taking recess in their indoor gymnasium every day because the school’s playground equipment couldn’t support their needs, I knew this had to be our first project in Detroit,” said Oosterhouse. “It’s long been a dream of mine to start making an impact in Detroit, and I know this won’t be our last project in the city. I have to thank the Quicken Loans volunteers – their enthusiasm was unbelievable.”
Students ranging from pre-K to eighth grade attend Pulaski Elementary-Middle School. The school previously had only one piece of playground equipment, which couldn’t support the amount of students or the full range of ages during recess.
The two new playscapes include a set designed for younger elementary students and a second designed for the older students.
“The development of these playgrounds will have a noticeable impact on the students and families in the Osborn neighborhood,” said Leslie Andrews, Director of Community Relations for Quicken Loans. “When combined with all of the volunteer work that is happening elsewhere in the neighborhood this week, you can feel a new energy and feeling of hope, and we’re proud to just play a small role in that.”
The playground development at Pulaski complements the week of beautification work in the Osborn neighborhood during the same timeframe, which included 2,000 Quicken Loans volunteers and was organized by the Detroit nonprofit, Life Remodeled.
Carter’s Kids oversaw the development and planning for the project, while Quicken Loans provided funding and more than 100 volunteers to help with assembly and construction throughout the week.
About Quicken Loans
Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s second largest retail home mortgage lender. The company closed $140 billion of mortgage volume across all 50 states in 2013-2014. Quicken Loans generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland and Scottsdale, Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction in the nation for Primary Mortgage Origination” in the United States by J.D. Power for the past five consecutive years (2010 – 2014) and highest in customer satisfaction among all mortgage servicers in both 2014 and 2015.
Quicken Loans was named among the top-30 companies on FORTUNE magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the last 12 consecutive years, ranking No. 12 in 2015. It has been recognized as one of Computerworld magazine’s ’100 Best Places to Work in IT’ the past ten years, ranking No. 1 in 2014, 2013, 2007, 2006 and 2005. The company moved its headquarters to downtown Detroit in 2010, and now more than 10,000 of its more than 13,000 team members work in the city’s urban core. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit QuickenLoans.com, on Twitter at @QLnews, and on Facebook at Facebook.com/QuickenLoans.
About Carter’s Kids
Carter’s Kids is a national non-profit organization founded by TV Host and Michigan native, Carter Oosterhouse. Carter’s Kids has built over 40 playgrounds nationwide and has appeared on National TV shows such as GOOD MORNING AMERICA, THE STEVE HARVEY SHOW AND THE DOCTORS.