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U.S. Rep. David Jolly presents Nakia Long with a flag flown over the Capitol at Habitat dedication.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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Continuing the tradition of his predecessor, the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, Congressman David Jolly presented Nakia Long and her son with a flag he had specially flown over the Capitol in Washington, D.C., adding an extra special moment at the dedication of the family's Habitat Pinellas home this morning in St. Pete.

Congressman Jolly presented the flag and said a few words to the small crowd of well-wishers, including reading the proclamation certificate that authenticates the flag had been flown over the Capitol in honor of the dedication of the Long family's Habitat home. The Congressman has promised to pick up where Bill Young left off in arranging for these special flags for our homeowner dedications.

In addition, to Congressman Jolly, City of St. Petersburg council member Karl Nurse also participated in the dedication, welcoming the family to the city. which sponsored the land for the home.  St. Pete Housing and Community Development Director Joshua Johnson also attended the dedication.

But when the big moment arrived, it was Pam Yarbrough, Director of Marketing for St. Petersburg General Hospital who placed the key to the home in Nakia's hand. Yarbrough, who was also a volunteer who worked on the home, presented the key on behalf of HCA West Florida Hospitals, site sponsor of the home.

Thank you to our other dedication participants who helped us celebrate with Nakia and her son including: Habitat Pinellas board member Jason Clement, Juneau Colleur of Valpak, Olivia Davis of Galen College Nursing School, Habitat Pinellas Advisory Board member Norm Bungard, and Rev. Laura Ice of Anona United Methodist Church,

Many thanks to HCA Hospitals for sponsoring the site, to the City of St. Petersburg for sponsoring the land, and to all the volunteers who helped build this home.  And special thanks to Congressman Jolly for not only taking time out of his busy schedule to present the flag today, but also for continuing this extraordinary flag tradition!

Photos: Top right, Congressman David Jolly. Left, top, Nakia Long receives the flag and certificate from Congressman Jolly. Left below, Habitat board members Jason Miller and Jason Clement, Congressman Jolly, Norm Bungard, Judy Goetz and Pam Yarbrough of HCA Hospitals, and Habitat Pinellas CEO Mike Sutton.

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CEO Council of Tampa Bay puts talents to work on Habitat PInellas build site!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Dodging the raindrops last Friday, several members of the CEO Council of Tampa Bay spent the drizzly afternoon raising roof trusses at one of our build sites in St. Pete.

The weather did not dampen their spirits as the 11-member team were busy moving the roof trusses into place, climbing ladders and hammering up a storm. The home they were working on is being built for Shamika Pinkney and her two children.

"The entire experience and Habitat team was wonderful from A to Z.  Our group had a great time and the onsite team was great at organizing our inexperienced bunch," said CEO Council member Ed Valaitis. "I know everyone at the CEO Council is grateful and thankful for the opportunity to help."

The group, which included former Habitat Pinellas CEO Barbara Inman, volunteered as part of the CEO Council's "R-Giving" program.  R-Giving features a “turnkey” quarterly event for members of the CEO Council to volunteer to roll up their sleeves and invest time directly serving non-profit organizations. R-Giving is a purely voluntary and organized opportunity for members of the CEO Council to contribute their time to the community together.

Thank you to the CEO Council of Tampa Bay volunteers for selecting Habitat Pinellas as the focus of their energies for their September R-Giving event!

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Wells Fargo presents check as 12 execs volunteer at Habitat Pinellas build site!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Monday morning some of our Habitat staff went out to a build site on Arden Avenue in Clearwater to greet a 12-member executive team of Wells Fargo volunteers. And they greeted us right back with a $15,000 check!

The Wells Fargo executive team presented the check, which is an award from the Wells Fargo Team Member Volunteer Program Grant to our CEO, Mike Sutton and the Habitat homeowner candidate who the house is being built for, Tyanda Lake.

In addition to the check, Wells Fargo also donated the property for the home being built for Tyanda.  After presenting the check, the team spent the morning working side-by-side with Tyanda raising the roof trusses. The Wells Fargo volunteers included regional president David Guzman, St. Pete president Mike Harpole and Hillsborough president Steve Shultz and nine other members of their executive staff.

Many thanks to Wells Fargo for their ongoing support of our mission in Pinellas County!  And a great big thank you to the Wells Fargo volunteers for helping us build Tyanda's home!

PHOTO:  Habitat Pinellas CEO Mike Sutton and Tyanda Lake accept the check from the Wells Fargo executive team.

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Join the Habitat Pinellas staff at Quaker Steak & Lube Sept. 19th!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Join our staff members for a fun fundraiser for Habitat Pinellas that features lots of pretty yummy food and live music!  Present the Habitat Night flier to your server and 15% of sales will be donated to Habitat Pinellas! Click here to print flier.

Habitat Pinellas Night at "The Lube!"
Friday, September 19th, 2014
QUAKER STEAK & LUBE
10400 49th Street N., Clearwater  (directions)
(Between 110th Ave. N & Lake Blvd. in Pinellas Park area)

Thank you for supporting this fundraiser! And many thanks to our friends at Quaker Steak & Lube!

We hope to see you on the 19th!

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Mayor of the City of St. Pete gives the key to the Baptiste family!

Monday, September 8, 2014

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St. Pete's Mayor Rick Kriseman turned over the key to the newly built Habitat Pinellas home in the Midtown area to Dominique Baptiste and her children mid-morning before a small crowd of family, friends and Habitat supporters.

In a morning filled with many special moments, perhaps one of the more touching ones came when Dominique's sister, Tamera Harrell, presented her with a welcome mat, welcoming her sister and now, next door neighbor, to the neighborhood! (Tamera's house next door was our 300th home, which was dedicated on June 16th, and on that day Dominique had given her a welcome mat.)

The family also received a friendly welcome from City Council Member Wengay Newton and a welcome basket from Dave Gerald and the congregation of Anona United Methodist Church.

Special thanks also go to Kip Miller of Valpak, who gave Dominique her first piece of "mail," including a $100 gift check, Stephanie Veech, a volunteer who helped built the Baptiste home. She presented the family with a symbolic hammer. Habitat Pinellas board member Jason Miller said the opening prayer and Minister Jackie McGee of Kingdom Bible Christian Church closed the ceremony with a beautiful blessing as everyone placed their hands on the home.

A huge thank you goes to all the volunteers who helped build the Baptiste home. Many thanks to Mayor Kriseman and Council member Newton, and to everyone who participated in our celebration today!

Photos: Above, the Baptiste family. Below, Mayor Rick Kriseman presents the house key to Dominique.

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