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Have a Happy and Safe July 4th Celebration!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The staff of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County and the Habitat Pinellas ReStore wish you a happy and safe 4th of July!

Please note that our ReStore will be closed on Saturday, July 4th, in observance of the national holiday.  (However, the ReStore WILL BE OPEN on Friday, July 3rd!)

Our Habitat for Humanity Administrative Office will be closed on Friday, July 3rd, for the holiday weekend. Both the ReStore and Administrative Office will reopen on Monday, July 6th, for normal business hours from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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St. Pete’s historic Henry-Bryan House now home to Habitat Pinellas family thanks to JMC Communities!

Monday, June 29, 2015

MEDIA LINK: WFLA-Channel 8

It's not every day that Habitat for Humanity dedicates a century-old home, but today was that day. At 9 a.m. this morning, a large group of city and county officials gathered with Habitat Pinellas volunteers, supporters, board members and staff to dedicate St. Pete's historic Henry-Bryan House for the Everett family.

Nearly two years after being relocated, the renovation of one of St. Petersburg’s historic century-old landmark homes has been completed by Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County and JMC Communities and keys to the home were presented by JMC CEO Mike Cheezem to Bradford and Stephania Everett Monday morning. Also participating in the dedication ceremony were PInellas County Commissioners Charlie Justice and Ken Welch, and St. Petersburg City Council Members Wengay Newton and Karl Nurse.

Other participants included:  Reggie Paros of U.S. Congressman David Jolly's Office, Vito Sheelay of U.S. Congresswoman Kathy Castor's Office, Michael Kilpatrick, Habitat board member, Christopher Lee of Valpak, Steve Quillian of Wood Window Makeover, Joe Triolo of Duke Energy, Sister Mary McNally of St. Anthony's Hospital, Dave Gerald of Anona United Methodist Church, and Bradford's mom, Julia Everett, who presented Stephania a bouquet compliments of Random Act of Flowers. Thank you to each of you for making this dedication extra special.

Special thanks to the home's sponsor, JMC Communities and Mike Cheezem. Many thanks also go to Wood Window Makeover and Historic Homes Workshop for sponsoring the windows of this historic home, the City of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Preservation and all the volunteers who helped renovate this beautiful old gem of a house to its former splendor!

ABOUT THE HENRY-BRYAN HOUSE
The Henry-Bryan House, originally built on the 100 block of 4th Avenue NE, was purchased with adjacent property for the six-story Rowland Place condominium project by St. Petersburg-based condominium developer JMC Communities. Because of its historic designation, Cheezem chose to donate the 1,755 sq. ft. house to Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County and relocated it to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr St. S -- a property donated by Augie and Sarah Lind Ribeiro.

The Henry-Bryan House is significant to the city of St. Petersburg because it is a well-preserved example of a Queen Anne Cottage style single family house. JMC covered all expenses associated with moving the historic house, coordinating the relocation and exterior renovation with the city of St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Preservation.

“It is fitting that the Henry-Bryan House should live on as a nurturing home for a family in St. Petersburg, given its rich history for more than 100 years,” said Mike Cheezem. “JMC is thrilled to present this home to the Everett family and to support the incredible work of Habitat for Humanity in Pinellas County.”

Photos:  Top, from left, JMC Communities CEO Mike Cheezem presents the key to the Henry-Bryan House to Brad and Stephania Everett and their son. Below, the fully renovated Henry-Bryan House.

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Habitat Pinellas team lends helping hand to Family Promise shelter

Monday, June 22, 2015

As a result of a generous property donation by Central Christian Church, Family Promise of Pinellas County has a site for its shelter facility for homeless families and children. After a "Golden Sledgehammer" ceremony Monday morning to kick off the renovation of the existing structure, volunteers representing several community partners began the first day of work on Family Promise's new facility.

In addition to Central Christian Church and an enthusiastic team from Habitat Pinellas, other partners in the renovation project include Arcadia Construction, Tibbetts Lumber Co., architect Timothy Rhode and support from over 20 Pinellas congregations.

Central Christian Church Pastor Rich Franz welcomed those gathered for the "Golden Sledgehammer" ceremony, and own Habitat Pinellas COO, Ron Spoor, opened the ceremony with a prayer. Also in attendance were Florida State Senator Jeff Brandes. During the ceremony, Family Promise Executive Director Debbie Nash thanked all of the community partners and volunteers for helping with the project, emphasizing how the collaboration represents the coming together of a caring community "to help families without homes to regain their independence."

The ceremony ended with the crash of a gold sledgehammer to the door of the structure by Debbie with help from St. Petersburg City Council Chair Charlie Gerdes.

Several members of Habitat's staff were in attendence as well as representatives from Arcadia Construction, Tibbetts Lumber, and Central Christian Church. Renovation work is expected to take 6 - 8 weeks and Debbie Nash hopes to have the grand opening and dedication of Family Promise in August.

Photos: Top, from left, Habitat COO Ron Spoor, site supervisors Jack Sutfin and Kristi Thum, a Habitat volunteers, construction procurement officer Gaby Camacho, a Family Promise volunteer. At right, Family Promise Executive Director Debbie Nash and Habitat volunteer coordinator Linzy Wilson. Below, Habitat's Ron Spoor, Debbie Nash and State Senator Jeff Brandes.  At left, Council Chair Charlie Gerdes receives the sledgehammer from Debbie Nash.

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HSN Cares sponsors 6th Habitat Pinellas home!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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PINELLAS PARK, FL – June 15, 2015 – As a partner of Habitat for Humanity and a sponsor of the Pierce family home, HSN participated in the dedication ceremony for Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County on Monday, June 15th at 9:30 a.m.. HSNi CEO Mindy Grossman and HSN President Bill Brand were both on hand to present Trina Pierce and her three children the key to their new home. Several HSNi executives and dignitaries also attended the home dedication ceremony.

“Through our HSN Cares philanthropic program, we are dedicated to empowering women and helping families in times of need,” said Bill Brand, President, HSN. “We are proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity on our sixth home in Pinellas County.”

As a single mother with three children living from paycheck to paycheck, Pierce has long dreamed of the day when she could provide a stable, safe home for her children. As part of the requirements of the Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas affordable homeownership program, Pierce had to complete 250 “sweat equity” hours, which, to her pleasure, she accomplished with the help of her teenage son, Dominick.

“I learned so much working on the Habitat build sites from filling concrete into cinder blocks to sodding,” said Pierce of her sweat equity experience. “I’ve enjoyed meeting all the wonderful HSN employees who volunteered to help me and my children. But, what I’ve enjoyed the most are the days my son was on the build site to experience the process with me. Just being able to spend this time learning with him was priceless.”

Photo: At top, from left, Habitat Pinellas CEO Mike Sutton, HSNi CEO Mindy Grossman, the Pierce family and HSN President Bill Brand.

About HSN:  HSN is a leading interactive entertainment and lifestyle retailer, offering a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names to its customers. HSN incorporates entertainment, inspiration, personalities and industry experts to provide an entirely unique shopping experience. At HSN, customers find exceptional selections in Health & Beauty, Jewelry, Home/Lifestyle, Fashion/Accessories, and Electronics. HSN broadcasts live to 95 million households in the US in HD 24/7 and its website - HSN.com features more than 50,000 product videos. Mobile applications include HSN apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. HSN, founded 37 years ago as the first shopping network, is an operating segment of HSN, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSNI). For more information, please visit HSN.com, or follow @HSN on Facebook and Twitter.

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Upcycle Art Auction at Green Bench Brewing featuring pallet art and more for Habitat Pinellas!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Come on out for a fun evening that benefits Habitat Pinellas! 

Special thanks to Green Bench Brewing, and also St. Petersburg Chamber Young Professionals and HYP (Habitat Young Professionals)!  See you there!

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