We’ve Built 295 Habitat Pinellas Homes for 741 Children and Funded 241 Homes Overseas.


Paul Lokey presents Hubbard-Lapos family the key to their home!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

See more pics in our Picasa album!

Surrounded by friends and Habitat supporters and staff, Ron Lapos and Christine Lapos were welcomed to their new home Tuesday morning in our Habitat subdivision, Stevens Creek in Clearwater.

Their home was sponsored by Lokey Automotive Group and many of Lokey's staff members helped build the home. Lokey president Paul Lokey presented Ron with the key to the home during the dedication and Clearwater Vice Mayor Doreen Hock-DiPolito presented the flag. Other participants included Jeff Friendly of Valpak and David Gerald of Anona United Methodist Church who presented the family with welcome gifts.

SPECIAL THANKS to Lokey Automotive Group for sponsoring the Hubbard-Lapos home. This is the sixth Habitat home that Lokey has sponsored for Habitat Pinellas, and they will be sponsoring a seventh in the fall. We also extend a huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped build this home!

Welcome home to the Ron and Christine!

Photo:  President Paul Lokey and Lokey Automotive Group employees surround Ron and Christine for a group photo in the couple's new kitchen.


Every Day is Earth Day at the Habitat Pinellas ReStore!

Monday, April 21, 2014

As over a billion people in 190 countries across the globe take action on Earth Day, April 22nd, remember your donations to the Habitat ReStore are a GREEN way to help your community and support the Habitat mission!

The Habitat Pinellas ReStore is a discount home improvement center where donated gently-used home improvement items and building materials are sold to the public to raise money to build Habitat homes for low income families throughout Pinellas County.

Our Habitat ReStore accepts new and gently used construction items, home improvement products and furniture that is in good, working condition. Click here for the complete list of items we accept. 

From a recycling standpoint, our ReStore keeps over 250 tons of materials out of the Pinellas County landfill every year. And the recycling continues:  the donor feels good about going “green,” the buyer feels good about getting a bargain, and Habitat and our local homeowner candidates benefit directly from the proceeds!

To date, our Habitat Pinellas ReStore has raised over $400,000 for our program from donated goods.Thank you to our thoughtful donors and our loyal customers who have supported our mission.

DONATE TODAY!  Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations receive a tax-deductible receipt.


Habitat Pinellas ReStore will be open Good Friday, April 18th!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

In observance of Good Friday, our Habitat Pinellas administrative offices will be closed. However, our ReStore will be open for its regular 9 AM - 5 PM hours on Good Friday, and also on Saturday, 9 AM - 4 PM.

The doors will be open for our ReStore customers and we will be receiving donations.

Thank you for your support of the Habitat ReStore, which recycles your gently-used donations into money to keep Habitat Pinellas building in our community!

All of us at Habitat Pinellas wish you a blessed and peaceful Easter. 


We salute our volunteers during National Volunteer Week and all year long!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

This year is the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, a program of the Points of Light national volunteer network that emphasizes the importance of recognizing our country's volunteers and the impact they make everyday in our communities across the U.S.

National Volunteer Week reminds us that through volunteerism, we are taking action in the direction of positive change in our communities.

We at Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County count our blessings each and every day for the generous spirit of our volunteers who number nearly 5,000 strong each year! As we build and rehab an average of 30 homes every year, we depend on these volunteers to help us raise the roof for our Habitat families.

Thank you Habitat Pinellas volunteers!

Photo:  Bill Van Law, Investment Advisors Division President at Raymond James Financial was recently volunteering with several other Raymond James employees at the build site of the Mathew home in St. Petersburg, which his company is sponsoring.  

* See more photos of Raymond James volunteers working on the Mathew family home in our
PICASA web album!


The Habitat Pinellas staff welcomes its new CEO, Michael Sutton!

Friday, March 28, 2014

After their long-time CEO Barbara Inman departed last August for her exciting new position as Executive Director of the Habitat for Humanity of Florida state support organization, Habitat Pinellas has officially welcome their new CEO, Michael Sutton! Michael officially reported for duty on March 17th and marked his first day on the job by helping us celebrate the dedication of the Bogdan family home.

We look forward to continued good governance and leadership of the Habitat Pinellas affiiate with Michael at the helm!


Clearwater, FL –  February 21, 2014 – After an extensive national search, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has named Michael Sutton as the nonprofit organization’s new chief executive officer,  effective March 24, 2014.

Prior to his selection as CEO, Sutton was the executive vice president and chief development officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas, Citrus and Hernando Counties.

Sutton is a Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) and has a strong background in the non-profit sector, including Habitat for Humanity.  Previous to his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Michael worked for Habitat for Humanity of Bryan/College Station, Texas, from 2005-2009 as director of development and served on the board of directors for the Habitat for Humanity of Texas state support organization.

A member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, Sutton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida a nd received his Certificate in Fundraising Management through Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy. In 2010, Sutton was honored as an “Up & Comer” by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. 

“In addition to his expertise in development, Michael brings with him a passion for the Habitat mission,” said Victoria Tylman, chair of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County’s board of directors.

Sutton replaces Barbara Inman, who served as Habitat Pinellas CEO and president from 2003-2010. Inman was named executive director for the Habitat for Humanity of Florida state support organization last August.

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