This Irish Couple Built Homes For Their Employees, And It's Changed Their Lives.

The feeling one gets being home during holidays and celebrating it with their own people cannot match anything else whatsoever. And, especially if the holidays include Santa, pleasant eves and, wholesome gifts. All thanks to a pair of forward-thinking business owners for making it possible for three families (for now) to move into company-sponsored housing in plenty of time to celebrate a fam jam.

Patricia and Tony Walsh, owners of Walsh Colour Print and Educate, in County Kerry, Ireland, employ nearly 120 people. Patricia demonstrates that the kind of work they do, require specialized skills. And, since they’d been unable to find enough local prospects to suit the necessities, a major part of their crew hails from other European countries.

But many employees simply couldn’t afford to save for places of their own while having to pay high rents, given to the housing options being both limited and expensive in the area. Fronted with the odds of having

to go home despite wanting to stay, two such longtime workers were Anna and Marcin Wojs, who’ve been with the Walshes since emigrating to Ireland from Poland 16 years ago. And as such, they brought their predicament to Patricia and Tony’s attention.

The answer to this concern was effortlessly obvious. The Walshes had to find a way to offer an affordable housing alternative as a ground to keep their employees intact around them. As a result, in 2017, the couple sought planning permission to build tracts of nonprofit homes on land already owned by Walsh Colour Print.

The Clonaugh site has the capacity to accommodate around 70 units, the 20 of which have been reserved for company workers. It has been built on a nonprofit basis and, the 1,000-square-foot secured homes are sold to employee below the market value, this, making it easy. To counterbalance the cost, the rest 50 units are assigned to be sold at full value on the open market.

The Wojs family was the first to move into their new home with the completion of the construction of three homes. And, they’ve even started decking the halls. The staffers who bought the remaining two homes are expected to enter their new abodes in the New Year.

Mercin and Anna and their family are over the moon,” Tony Walsh told RTÉ News. “For the first time in their lives, they own something. We are going to roll this out now to the rest of our staff and, at the end of their time, when they are finished working with Walsh Colour Print and Educat, they can close the door and say, ‘We own this.’”

Construction for the next tract of houses is registered to break ground next month. Patricia already realised the fact that providing accessible housing is adding extra perk to the job and it's truly a win/win for both employers and employees, and she heartily hopes other Irish firms will try to echo their example.

For the time being, Mercin, Anna, and their children are just extremely thankful to be home for the holidays. “It’s the best Christmas present ever,” Anna said. “The feeling now is that we are happy, just happy.”

After all, home is where your family is.

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