Eyesthere Watches Over Habitat For Humanity

Digital Surveillance Company Donates System to Local Charity

December 20, 2007 // Franchising.com // (Tampa, FL)---For many non-profit organizations, the focus is on helping others rather than helping themselves. Thankfully, one company is keeping a watchful eye over a local organization that needs it the most.
On November 7th, Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County received an upgraded surveillance system to its Habitat ReStore donation center from Doug and Vicki Dunbar, owners of the local EYESthere digital surveillance company. The approximately 10,000-square-foot location, which accepts household merchandise for public resale to generate funds for their operations, was outfitted with a four-camera digital system to survey its two buildings as well as inner and outer yards. Previously, the ReStore had a nonfunctional analog system – a setup Doug felt just wouldn't do.

"Habitat is a wonderful organization that provides such a service to this community and this new system will ensure that their business continues to run as safely and efficiently as it has in the past well into the future," said Doug. "Locally, Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County has built over 120 homes and we will do anything we can do to provide them with proper means to keep up their good work." In addition to EYESthere's donation of the surveillance system, they will also be working closely with Habitat for Humanity in a variety of homebuilding projects in the coming months.

"EYESthere has provided us with an outstanding digital security system to help us effectively manage our facility, thus allowing us to spend more time helping needy families to obtain their first home," said Ralph Jackson, Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County 's affiliate CEO and executive director.

The Dunbars are no strangers to the business world. As the former vice president of marketing for Sprint Nextel, Doug has a handle on all things corporate while Vicki, the owner of a catering company, brings entrepreneurial expertise. Looking for their next challenge, the Dunbars decided to pool their efforts and leverage all their past experience. Though Vicki had started her business from scratch, the Dunbars were intrigued by the idea of franchising and the wealth of options to choose from. After exploring everything from outdoor lighting installation to doggy daycare, the Dunbars set their sights on EYESthere.

Most competitors offer only a mixed bag of programs and services. But because EYESthere focuses heavily on improved employee and management productivity through creative uses of simple video conferencing, remote training, and the reduction of travel for business owners and managers, it provides solutions that are used constantly to not only protect, but also empower a business.

"If our business is as well received as I think it will be, we hope to be servicing all of Tampa within a few years," said Doug. "EYESthere is focused on continuous improvement and the staff that supports us on a day-to-day basis has been invaluable in efficiently and effectively assisting us get our business off the ground – just another case of how an extra set of eyes can't hurt!"

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