We’ve Built 320 Habitat Pinellas Homes for 790 Children and Funded 288 Homes Overseas.


HSN President Bill Brand presents Hill family with key to their new home!

Friday, January 30, 2015

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A sunny Thursday afternoon and a new home for a beautiful young family -- what could be better?!

Well-wishers gathered in the driveway of the new Pinellas Park Habitat home as a series of dedication participants presented welcome gifts to Monique Hill and her two young daughters. But the most welcome gift of all came from Bill Brand, President of HSN and Chief Marketing Officer for HSNi.

After telling the small crowd why HSN Cares is so supportive of the Habitat mission, Brand handed over the key to the home to Monique, who was at once elated and tearful.

This is the fifth Habitat Pinellas home sponsored by HSN Cares, who will sponsor a sixth home later this spring!  Many thanks to HSN Cares and to the many volunteers who helped build the Hill family home!

Special thanks to everyone who participated in the dedication including Florida Rep. Dwight Dudley, Tim Caddell of the City of Pinellas Park, Juneau Colleur of Valpak, Brad Voigt of Duke Energy, Selena Holmes, Dave Gerald of Anona United Methodist Church, and Pastor Arcilous Sam Mincey of True Light Missionary Baptist Church. Thank you to Random Acts of Flowers for the gorgeous welcome basket of flowers!


20 corporate leaders join Habitat Pinellas CEO for Corporate Community Builders Luncheon

Friday, January 30, 2015

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A simple Thursday luncheon organized by Habitat Pinellas CEO Mike Sutton filled Synovus Bank's elegant boardroom with 20 of the area's most outstanding corporate leaders -- CEOs and presidents from diverse Tampa Bay companies -- who came together to discuss corporate philanthropy and methods to get more involved with Habitat for Humanity's building program.

The "Corporate Community Builders Luncheon" was hosted by Synovus Bank on Roosevelt Blvd in St. Pete and featured special guest Bill Brand, President, HSN/CMO, HSNi. Bill was also part of the executive guest panel, which included Tim Bogott, CEO of TradeWinds Resorts, Jim Myers, President of Crown Automotive Group, and Bill Van Law, President of Raymond James Investment Advisors Division.

The panel discussed their personal experiences with sponsoring Habitat Pinellas homes through the CCTCP incentive program, as well as the positive impact that employee volunteerism at the Habitat build sites has had on their companies.

Habitat Pinellas was honored to have the participation of so many high level executives and leaders in our community and are thankful for their time and interest. Special thanks to Dominic DiMaio and Synovus Bank for hosting the event!

Photos: upper right (L-R): Bil Brand, Jim Myers Mike Sutton, Bill Van Law, and Tim Bogott.

Many thanks to each of the corporate leaders who participated or attended:

Brian Auld (President/Tampa Bay Rays)
Tim Bogott (CEO/TradeWinds Resorts)
Ray Bouchard (President/Chairman of the Board/Bouchard Insurance)
Bill Brand (president HSN/CMO HSNi)
Bob Childress (President/Solace Insurance)
Dominic A. DiMaio (President and CEO/Synovus Bank Florida)
Doreen DiPolito (Owner/D-Mar General Contracting & Development; City of Clearwater City Council)
Ed Droste (Chairman/Provident Management Corporation and Co-Founder/Hooters Restaurants)
Mike Galinski (CEO/America II Electronics)
Abe Moussa (President and CEO/Total Title Solutions)
Jim Myers (President/Crown Automotive Group)
Irwin Novack (President and CEO/Kane's Furniture)
Bob Passwaters (President/ Provident Advertising & Marketing)
Katie Pemble (President/C1 Bank)
Nancy Ridenour (Partner/PDR CPAs)
Craig Sher (Executive Chairman/The Sembler Company)
Bill Van Law (President/Raymond James Investment Advisors Division)
Sozon Vatikiotis (CEO/Alltrust Insurance)
Habitat Pinellas Board Members:
Jason Clement, Vice Chair (Owner/Sports Facilities Advisory)
Will Conroy (Partner/Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP)
Scott Daigle (Senior VP and Market Executive/Synovus Bank)


The Jones family receives their house key from home sponsor Bank of America!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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At what turned out to be a very inspirational home dedication on Saturday morning attended by dozens of family friends and other Habitat homeowners, Tameka Jones and her four children received the key to their new Habitat home from Kerry Clapper on behalf of Bank of America, the home's sponsor.

Prior to presenting the house key to Tameka, Kerry Clapper, who is First V.P. for Wealth Management for Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and also a Habitat Pinellas board member, shared with the crowd how committed Bank of America is to the Habitat mission, both locally and nationally.

We were honored to have U.S. Congressman David Jolly partipating in the home dedication, presenting the family with a flag that was flown over the Capitol in Washington, D.C., in honor of the Jones family home dedication! And we were happy to have Councilman Charlie Gerdes welcome the family to the City of St. Pete.

Many thanks to our other dedication participants who helped make the dedication a special one, including Erik Smith of Valpak, Rev. Laura Ice of Anona United Methodist Church, Habitat Pinellas board member Tamara Davis, volunteer Donna Floyd, homeowner services partner Marlyss Meckler, homeowner candidate Rolanda Lawrence and her son, and Pastor Henry Payne.  Special thanks to Random Acts of Flowers and Andrea Stark Home for the beautiful welcome mat and bouquet.

Welcome home to the Jones family!

NEXT DEDICATION:  Our next home dedication is on Thursday, January 29th at 4 p.m. for the Hill Family in Pinellas Park!

Photos: Right top, the Jones family in front of their new home! Right, bottom, on behalf of the home sponsor, Bank of America, Kerry Clapper presents the family with their home key. Lower left, U.S. Congressman Jolly presents the Capitol flag to Tameka.


The ReStore celebrates Habitat Pinellas’ 30th Anniversary with 30% Off Sale

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Today, January 14th, 2015 is Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County's 30th anniversary and the ReStore is joining in the celebration with a rare 30% off sale on everything in the store.

All day on Wednesday, January 14th our customers will enjoy even greater deals on all furniture, appliances and building materials. The only exception for this sale is our "Evolve" paint and new paint supplies.

Thank you for supporting Habitat Pinellas and our mission to build affordable housing for families in our Pinellas community!


Shop Habitat’s ReStore!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Check out this awesome Tampa Bay Times article about our ReStore:  "Habitat PInellas ReStore is place to go for bargains for home."

Our ReStore is a bargain hunter's dream! Explore our store to find great deals on gently used building and home improvement items like plumbing/lighting fixtures, doors, windows, furniture and appliances. The best part? All sales benefit our affordable home building program to help struggling families in our community!

SHOP:  A Home Improvement Center that Lends a Helping Hand!
Habitat ReStore is a non-profit retail store where new and gently used building materials and home furnishings are sold at deeply discounted prices. Often people want to donate these things for use in our Habitat homes. However, it is not practical, efficient or economical to adjust building plans to accommodate most donated materials. The ReStore is our solution for turning these donations from generous and environmentally concerned individuals and businesses into money to build homes for families.

 DONATE:  Support Our Mission and Help the Environment 
Habitat ReStore accepts new and gently used construction items, home improvement products and furniture that is in good, working condition. Donating to the ReStore is a GREEN way to help your community. Each year, the ReStore spares more than 400 tons of good, usable (sometimes brand new) materials from the Pinellas County landfill.  Items We Accept List


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