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The home built by Blueprint ArtScape dedicated for the Toribio family!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

See more pics in our Picasa album!

Flanked by her dad and her young son, Daniela Toribio received the key to her new home from Habitat Pinellas board member Vicki Tylman on October 7th. Vicki was also a committee member of our Blueprint ArtScape gala last spring, which raised the funds to sponsor the Toribio family home.

A special thank you to all who participated in the dedication including Juneau Colleur of ValpakLaurie Hosking, Dave Gerald and Laura Ice of Anona United Methodist Church, and Robert Reeves (our former Homeowner Services VP!)  We also are appreciative of all the volunteers who helped build this home!

Many thanks to all of our BLUEPRINT sponsors and event supporters, as well as all the local designers and artists, and volunteers who contributed their time, talent and treasure. Their outstanding support of this annual fundraising event has translated into a home for the Toribio family!

We invite you to support our 2015 gala, BLUEPRINT AFRIKA, which will be held on February 21st at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront!
 

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Habitat Pinellas’ first “Girl PowerHouse” officially opens its build site for volunteers!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Before sunrise last Friday as a Bay News 9 satellite van idled nearby, three Habitat Pinellas construction site staff members were already setting out pink and flowered hard hats awaiting  the arrival of the first crew of volunteers at the Girl PowerHouse build site.

By 8 a.m., 20 women volunteers had those hard hats on and were anxious to get started on the home that they and over 200 more women will be building for the Mack family over the next 8-10 weeks. Site supervisor Kristy Thum greeted the group and introduced them to the home's future owner, Altamease Mack.  She also gave them instructions and and their hammers.  And almost instantly, the site became a behive of activity with women on ladders with hammers, and others moving trusses. The task for this first day on the site? "Power" lifting the roof trusses into place!

Bobby Lewis from Channel 10 News captured some great moments of our volunteers raising the roof that morning! Check out the video segment!

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK: Stay up on how the PowerHouse is progressing by "liking" our Girl PowerHouse Facebook page! We'll be posting photos regularly throughout the build and also the dedication, which will be in early December.

SQUARE FOOT DONATIONS:  While our volunteer rosters are full for this build, you can still help us build the Girl PowerHouse with a $50 “square foot” contribution!  Contribute online now!

The Girl PowerHouse is sponsored by the Habitat Pinellas "Hammers & Heels" women's giving circle.

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Revving up for the start of our “Girl PowerHouse” build on Friday!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Monday night, which cooincidentally was World Habitat Day, we had a full house of women who joined us in the lobby of our ReStore for our "Girl PowerHouse KickOff Party" as we start to rev up for the "all-girl" build that starts this Friday morning!

Well over a hundred women volunteers came by to pick up their goodie bags, tshirts and to toast the upcoming Girl PowerHouse with a glass of wine and some very tasty hors d'oeurvres. And  best of all, they got to meet Altamease Mack and her daughter who we are building the PowerHouse for!  They also got to meet two of the three site supervisors who will be guiding the all-girl construction volunteers, Kristy Thum, Sarah Arnold and the lovely "RJ!" And we must say, RJ was quite the hit of the party!

THANK YOU!
Thank you to our KickOff Party event sponsor, Engels & Volkers and On Q Financial!  Many thanks also go to our Girl PowerHouse t-shirt sponsor, Nielsen, and sports bottle gift sponsor, D-Mar Construction and Development, and Chef Chouinard of Chouinard's Cuisine! We also are grateful for the help of our enthusiastic PowerHouse committee, Loraine Chulla, Linda Higgins and Lynda Jollay! And last, but not least, we thank all the volunteers participating on the Girl PowerHouse and to all the women who contributed to our Hammers & Heels giving circle, the home's sponsor.

We can't wait to get the real party started on Friday when our first all-girl crew starts working on the PowerHouse site!

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World Habitat Day is Monday, October 6th!

Friday, October 3, 2014

World Habitat Day is the one day set aside annually to recognize the basic right of all humanity to adequate shelter, and to encourage grassroots action toward ending poverty housing. The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1985 that the first Monday in October would be World Habitat Day, so on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, as in years past, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County joins with our partners around the world to rededicate ourselves to a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Making housing a priority on the global agenda.   There’s a saying: “What gets measured gets done.” If every country around the world had to make housing a priority and accurately measure the progress toward adequate housing for everyone in that country, we’d move much more quickly toward a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Sound impossible? It’s not! Countries in the United Nations work together to set a global agenda, and if housing is on that agenda as a “target” (meaning an issue that is set with measurable outcomes), people around the world will benefit.

What is Post-2015? In 2000, more than 150 heads of state signed the United Nations Millennium Declaration, which provided a common vision for poverty reduction and the creation of the Millennium Development Goals that countries around the world had through 2015 to achieve. With those goals about to expire, the global community is now working to create a new set of goals, commonly referred to as the Sustainable Development Goals or “Post-2015 Agenda.” Through its work in more than 70 countries, Habitat for Humanity recognizes the importance of adequate shelter in transforming and improving lives. We strongly believe that the Post-2015 Agenda must make shelter a target goal. For this to happen, the U.N. needs to hear that the world cares about housing.

Add your voice. You can make shelter a priority by signing this petition to the U.N. and then spreading the word for others to join the movement, too. Click here to sign the online petition!

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Build like a girl at the Habitat Pinellas “Girl PowerHouse” this fall!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

We've had a powerful response to our Girl PowerHouse appeal for volunteers and ALL SLOTS ARE FULL!

YOU CAN STILL HELP US BUILD THE POWERHOUSE!  Even though all the volunteer slots are full, you can still help us build the Girl PowerHouse with a $50 “square foot” contribution!  You can contribute online or send a check written to Habitat Pinellas to 13355 49th Street N., Clearwater, FL 33762.

Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County’s “Girl PowerHouse” is an effort organized by women and “powered” by women volunteers who want to be actively involved with addressing the problem of substandard housing in our Pinellas County community.  Women volunteers come together from all walks of life to swing hammers and raise the roof to build secure, affordable homes where children and families can thrive.  More PowerHouse details!

Check us out on Facebook for progress and "girl power" pics of the PowerHouse starting October 10th!

Questions about the PowerHouse? Please contact volunteer coordinator Linzy at 727-536-4755, ext. 208.

Girl PowerHouse sponsorships are also available. Please email Christine Sabo for sponsor details or call 727-536-4755, x 220.

The Girl PowerHouse is sponsored by the Habitat Pinellas "Hammers & Heels" giving circle. Learn more about how you can support our mission through Hammers & Heels!

Thank you for your support of our Girl PowerHouse and the mission of Habitat for Humanity!.

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