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Habitat homeowner honored as “Lightning Community Hero” at Stanley Cup Playoff Game

Friday, April 17, 2015

TAMPA BAY – APRIL 16, 2015 -- The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Tamara Davis as the 42nd Lightning Community Hero of the season during the first period of tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings. Davis, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Habitat for Humanity Pinellas County.

Having been in an abusive marriage, Davis worked up the courage to file for divorce. She was then left to make a life of her own and did not have stable living conditions, which gave her abusive ex-husband custody of the children. Determined to win back custody, Davis worked tirelessly to acquire transitional housing and regained custody. Her home was then set on fire and she lost everything. What happened after was the turning point that led to Davis’s ambition to serve the community.

She applied for assistance through Habitat for Humanity and was eventually blessed with a new home. At her home dedication, Davis felt compelled to help others overcome adversity, just like what was done for her. Since then, she has been serving at Habitat for Humanity and is currently a board member. Over the past six years, she has contributed over 400 volunteer hours and has helped 111 families through the arduous 9 – 24 month home ownership process all while working a full time job and raising three children.

Habitat for Humanity Pinellas County is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit housing organization based on Christian principles. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with struggling low-income families and individuals to engage community volunteers, and corporate, civic and faith organizations to help build and renovate decent, affordable housing.

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Please ask Congress to adequately fund SHOP and other HUD programs that help Habitat!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Click here to sign the petition!

On Tuesday, April 7th, (10 AM - 1 PM) Vice President Joe Biden is speaking about affordable housing at a discussion co-hosted by Habitat for Humanity at the Dept. of Housing & Urban Development. Please add your voice to the conversation by signing this petition asking Congress to adequately fund SHOP and other HUD programs important to Habitat!.

As a major source of financial support for many affiliates, the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) is one of Habitat's top federal policy priorities. As of 2013, HUD had awarded Habitat $193,151,397 in SHOP funds, which Habitat has used to raise more than $1 billion of private investment, all of which supports local communities. Those funds have completed 16,565 homes nationally with more than 1,300 more in progress.

All 50 states have used SHOP funds to support affordable housing. And these grants are very important to our building program here at Habitat Pinellas. So please, use your voice so this great program continues!

Thanks so much for your support!
 

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Raymond James sponsors Habitat home for the Stewart Family in Pinellas Park

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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After several years of cascading bad luck and bad timing, the Stewart family's misfortunes turned around when they qualified for a Habitat for Humanity home. With the crash of the economy in 2008, down came the world of the Stewart family when Mr. Stewart not only lost his small business, but also the family home. Since then the family has squeezed what was left of their lives into a tiny one-bedroom rental unit as they picked up the pieces.

And then came Habitat and hope for a change in luck and a brighter path forward. With the help of home sponsor Raymond James and many community volunteers, the Stewart family home was built in just a few months as the couple and their older son worked their sweat equity hours and completed their program classes. And early Saturday morning, one chapter closed as another more promising one opened when the Stewarts received their house key from Bill Van Law, president of Raymond James Investment Advisors Division.

Special thanks to Raymond James for sponsoring this home. And many thanks to all of the volunteers, including 40 volunteers from Raymond James, who helped us build this home!

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Nuts & Bolts Orientations are held the first Thursday of every month at Habitat Pinellas!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

EMAIL US TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE!Learn more about how Habitat works at our next Nuts & Bolts Orientation:

The first Thursday of every month! Next session is April 2nd!
6 to 7 p.m.

Habitat Pinellas, 13355 49th Street N., Clearwater
(Corner of Ulmerton and 49th Street N.)
Please sign up by emailing your reservation!

These informative one-hour sessions are free and open to the general public.  Volunteers, donors and interested home applicants will learn details about our mission to eliminate substandard housing in our community, our program and how we partner with the community to build for low-income Pinellas County families.

Nuts & Bolts Orientations will be held on the first Thursday of each month.
Click here for complete schedule for upcoming Nuts & Bolts Orientations and sign up now!

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Chameleon Commons unveiled by Valspar at Stevens Creek community!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

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With the cut of a ribbon, "Chameleon Commons" was officially unveiled in our Stevens Creek community early Wednesday morning. Sponsored by Valspar Paint, the neighborhood park is a gift to the Habitat homeowners.

The ribbon-cutting was attended by several national Valspar executives and nearly 20 PGA Tour Wives, who were also participating in a volunteer painting project down the block immediately after the ceremony.

One of the stars of the new park is a steel sculpture of Valspar's mascot chameleon, created by Tampa artist Jason Shiver who was commissioned by Valspar. Nicknamed "Val" for the timebeing, the sculpture was brought to the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook for the remainder of the week. Val will return to Chameleon Commons at the end of the tournament where he will be permanently installed in the park.

Thank you to everyone who attended the ribbon-cutting, and, especially, thank you to Valspar for sponsoring the neighborhood park for our Habitat homeowner in Stevens Creek!

PHOTOS: Top, Chameleon Commons.  Center, Valspar execs cut the ribbon!  Below, Artist Jason Shiver, center, with some of the PGA Tour Wives.

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