Mission & History
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Habitat Pinellas Looking Back
2016 (March) - Habitat Pinellas is a finalist for Tama Bay Business Journal's "Best Places to Work Awards!"
2016 (January) - Habitat Pinellas receives the “Nonprofit of the Year" award at the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber awards and installation banquet on Jan. 23rd.
2015 (November) - Charity Navigator has awarded Habitat Pinellas its 9th consecutive 4-star rating!
2015 (October) - Debuted a brand new annual award at our 30th Anniversary Celebration called the "Norm Bungard Lifetime Service Award." Presented this new award to former board member Norm Bungard for dedicating several years of volunteer service and advocacy to Habitat Pinellas. We also honored Bob Buchanan as our Volunteer of the Year during the 30th Anniversary Celebration.
2015 (September) - The St. Petersburg Chamber honors Habitat Pinellas with a 2015 "Good 'Burger" Award in the "Community Conscious" category.
2015 (March) - Tampa Bay Lightning honored Habitat Pinellas Board Member Tamara Davis as the 42nd Lightning Community Hero of the season. Davis received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, which she then donated to Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County.
2015 (February) - HSN is named Habitat's "Partner of the Year" at Habitat Pinellas' Blueprint gala. They receive the "Golden Hammer Award."
2015 (February) - Habitat Pinellas is awarded the "Judges' Choice Be More Encouraged" at the 10th annual WEDU Be More Awards luncheon.
2015 (January) - The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce recognizes Habitat Pinellas with the "Large Nonprofit of the Year" award.
2015 (January) - Habitat Pinellas marks its 30th anniversary on January 14th.
2014 (December) - The first "Girl PowerHouse," Habitat Pinellas' all-woman build project, is dedicated in St. Petersburg for the Mack family.
2014 (October) - Charity Navigator has awarded Habitat Pinellas its 8th consecutive 4-star rating! Only 1 percent of charities nationwide rated by Charity Navigator have received 8 consecutive 4-stars.
2014 (June) - Habitat Pinellas dedicates its 300 home for the Harrell family in St. Petersburg, with Mayor Kriseman participating. Funding for the home was provided by Catalina Marketing Charitable Foundation and Collegiate Challenge Spring Break. Our new "Neighborhood Preservation Partnership" is also officially launched during the ceremony.
2014 (April) - The Environmental Protection Agency awards Habitat Pinellas a national Energy Star award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
2014 (February) - Raymond James Financial is named Habitat's "Partner of the Year" at Habitat Pinellas' Blueprint gala. They receive the "Golden Hammer Award."
2014 (February) - The Clearwater Regional Chamber honors Habitat Pinellas with the "Judges Choice Business of the Year" award.
2013 (October) - Lokey Automotive Group is named Habitat' Pinellas' "Partner of the Year."
2013 (June) - Charity Navigator has awarded Habitat Pinellas its 7th consecutive 4-star rating! Only 2 percent of charities nationwide rated by Charity Navigator have received 7 consecutive 4-stars.
2013 (April) - The first Habitat Pinellas Global Village trip sent 10 volunteers to Guatemala for a week-long build.
2013 (March) - Longtime Habitat Pinellas volunteer Dan Stowers receives Habitat International's most prestigious award, "The Clive Rainey Lifetime Achievement Award" at the national conference in Atlanta.
2013 (February) - Habitat Pinellas' annual Blitz Build completes two homes in just seven days involving nearly 500 community volunteers!
2012 (September) - Charity Navigator has awarded Habitat Pinellas its 6th consecutive 4-star rating! Only 3 percent of charities nationwide rated by Charity Navigator have received 6 consecutive 4-stars.
2012 (August) - The 250th Habitat Pinellas home is dedicated for the Wright family in St. Petersburg with Mayor Bill Foster participating in the dedication. Funding for the home was provided by the 2011 Hammers & Heartstrings Gala.
2012 (March) - Habitat Pinellas President/CEO, Barbara Inman named the "Nonprofit Woman of the Year" at the Iconic Women of St. Petersburg Awards Luncheon presented by the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.
2012 (February) - Habitat Pinellas' annual Blitz Build dedicated two homes that were built in just seven days by more than 500 volunteers!
2012 (January) - Habitat Pinellas celebrates the dedication of its first Interfaith Home for the Miller family in Stevens Creek. Funding and volunteer support for the home was jointly sponsored by Central Christian Church, Temple B'nai Israel and the Islamic Center of St. Petersburg.
2011 (September) - Charity Navigator has awarded Habitat Pinellas its 5th consecutive 4-star rating!
2011 (August) - HfHPC relocates its administrative offices and ReStore to a larger facilitiy at 13355 49th Street N. in Clearwater.
2011 (February) - HfHPC's annual Blitz Build dedicated two homes that were built in one week by nearly 600 volunteers!
2010 (April) - Shady Grove, HfHPC's first building in our first multi-family development, is dedicated as the Piard and DeCamp families get their keys and the Showcase Home is opened for visitors. On this day another milestone is reached: 500 children living in Habitat Pinellas homes.
2010 (January) - 25th Birthday Blitz: Celebrating 25 years in Pinellas County, 700 volunteers came together to build two homes in one week.
2010 (September) - Charity Navigator has awarded Habitat Pinellas its fourth consecutive 4-star rating! Only 9% of the charities rated have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America.
2009 - HfHPC named third best in Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Ultimate Management Teams.
2009 - Operation REhabitat: In reaction to shifts in the real estate market, HfHPC focuses efforts on rehabbing distressed mortgage properties.
2009 - SuperBuild at Super Bowl XLIII: After a weeklong, two-home blitz build, HfHPC teams with Hillsborough Habitat to build a home in a box on Super Bowl Sunday, which is awarded to the Pittsburgh Habitat affiliate when the Steelers win the game.
2008 (November) - HfHPC’s 1st Energy Star Certified home is also the 100th house built in St. Petersburg. The home is dedicated for the Ivey family, celebrating HfHPC’s partnership with the city.
2008 (February) - Clearwater property called Homer Villas is purchased. Plans for the future development, called Stevens Creek, hint at more than 50 homes to be built.
2008 (May) - ReStore proceeds fund a home for the Holliday family.
2007 - Women Build: More than 400 new volunteers grab hammers to join an all-woman crew to build with the Yauch family.
2007 - HfHPC earns a Charity Navigator Four-Star Rating|
2006 (June) - Largest piece of land is purchased, Highlander Village in Dunedin. With much excitement, plans begin to form for HfHPC’s first multi-family development, Shady Grove.
2006 - HfHPC earns the Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Award.
2006 (November) - Name is changed to Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County (HfHPC).
2006 (June) - Builder’s Blitz: Professional building teams complete a Habitat Pinellas home in 5 days, the fastest home built until this point and one of 440 Habitat homes built across the U.S.
2004 (December) - ReStore, our home improvement outlet, opens its doors.
2004 - The 1st homeowner, Jane Dunaway, pays off and burns her mortgage, vowing to continue volunteering and helping others to realize dreams of home ownership.
2003 (February) - 100th house in Pinellas County is dedicated for a family in St. Petersburg.
1990 (September) - 15th home dedicated, the 1st outside St. Petersburg in Clearwater. Builds in Safety Harbor, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and Pinellas Park follow.
1985 (July 29) - 1st home is completed for Jane Dunaway and her family. Incidentally, Jane was required to put in 1,000 hours of sweat equity.
1985 (March) - Break ground on our 1st home.
1985 (January) - Pinellas County Habitat for Humanity officially recognized as an HfHI affiliate.
1984 (September) - Pinellas County Habitat for Humanity is conceptualized at a meeting of the St Petersburg Ministerial Association by the late Rev. Bob Gemmer, a member of HfHI. Reverend James Schwarzlose of the First Congregational Church of St Petersburg is named the first Executive Director.
1976 - With a vision of a world with no more shacks, Millard and Linda Fuller start Habitat for Humanity International (HfHI) in Americus, Georgia.