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The Girl PowerHouse is dedicated and Altamease has her own home at last!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

We dedicated our Girl PowerHouse last night and Altamease Mack received her key to her new home built by some amazing women in our Pinellas community!

With a crowd that included many of the women who helped build and fund the home, we celebrated the completion of the Girl PowerHouse build and the start of a new life for Altamease and her daughter in their new home in St. Pete. The Girl PowerHouse was sponsored by Habitat Pinellas' "Hammers & Heels" philanthropy group, and one of the members, Tiffanie Lopatin, presented the house key to Altamease. Hammers & Heels was launched earlier this year, and the Girl PowerHouse is their first project. The property for the home was donated by Bank of America through its national partnership with Habitat International.

Special thanks to all those who participated, including our local media (ABC Action News, FOX 13 and Channel 8) who came out to film the celebration. Stephani Lavely of U.S. Congressman David Jolly's  presented a special proclamation and flag that has been flown over the U.S. Capitol especially in honor of the Mack family home. Ann Shaler spoke on behalf of Bank of America, who donated the property for the home. Other dedication participants included:  Jason Miller, Habitat Pinellas board member, Denise Peske, Linda Higgins of Valpak, Joe Triolio of Duke Energy, Jim Moran, St. Pete City Councilmember Charlie Gerdes, Dave Gerald of Anona United Methodist Church, and Eileen Mazouch, Hospice Chaplain who blessed the home. 

Many thanks to all the "girls" of the Girl PowerHouse, from the ladies who came out to build with us to our Hammers & Heels women whose generosity made it possible!  We had amazing enthusiasm for this build from start to finish. We can't wait to build another Girl PowerHouse next year!

Photos: Well-wishers gathered on the front lawn during the dedication. Below, Habitat Pinellas construction supervisor Kristi Thum with Altamease and her daughter and mother in the kitchen.

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Recognizing our leading donors and partners at our Building the Dream wall unveiling.

Friday, December 12, 2014

See more pics in our PICASA album!

Thursday evening, surrounded by many of our most loyal and generous donors and partners, Habitat Pinellas unveiled its "Building the Dream" donor wall complete with updates from the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Habitat Pinellas Board Chair Julie Klavans and CEO Mike Sutton welcomed and thanked our supporters who attended the recognition, and expressed gratitude for their support of the Habitat for Humanity vision.

Many thanks to all of our donors and partners who help us continue our mission in Pinellas County and whose annual participation enables us to increase the number of families we serve every year.

And we also thank each and every individual or business who contributes their time, talent and treasure at any level to help keep us building!

Photos: Top, Crown Automotive Group president, Jim Myers and his wife, Habitat Pinellas CEO Mike Sutton, center, and Lokey Automotive Group president Paul Lokey. Below, Neighborhood Housing Solutions president/CEO Deborah Scanlan, points to her organization's recognition on the wall.

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The Girl PowerHouse is finished! Dedication is Monday, Dec. 15th!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

After the enthusiastic October 10th volunteer kick-off when the roof trusses first went up, nearly 250 volunteers and 1,500 volunteer hours later the last piece of sod has been laid, and the "girls" have done it!  THE GIRL POWERHOUSE IS FINISHED!

Many thanks to all our amazing PowerHouse ladies who helped us build this home for Altamease Mack and her daughter! The collective spirit and enthusiasm of our volunteers was awesome!

Special thanks also go the generous and caring women of Hammers & Heels, the giving circle that sponsored the home and to Bank of America, the land sponsor.

All volunteers and Habitat supporters are invited to join us for this very special home dedication and celebration when Altamease will receive her key.

THE GIRL POWERHOUSE
HOME DEDICATION
for the Mack Family

Monday, December 15, 2014
5:30 - 6:30 PM
7265 34 Avenue N., St. Petersburg
 

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Make plans to be at Habitat Pinellas’ Blueprint Afrika gala on Feb. 21st!

Monday, December 1, 2014

BLUEPRINT, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County’s annual gala, is literally “designed” to be one of the most unique events of the season. Drawing on the creativity of 14 local designers and over 20 artists, our signature event celebrates the artistic vibe of our local community. Many thanks to this year's presenting sponsor, HCA West Florida!

Seating is limited.  Be sure to get your tickets now! Click here to purchase tickets or for sponsor info.

Each year, our BLUEPRINT gala themes creatively tie into Habitat Pinellas’ home building program, a mission that provides affordable housing opportunities for low-income individuals and families. Our BLUEPRINT gala raises funds vital for Habitat Pinellas’ home building program. Our goal for our 2015 gala is to raise the funds to sponsor two homes – and strong sponsor support is the “blueprint” for our success!

Afrika with a K!  This year’s theme, BLUEPRINT AFRIKA, will capture the kaleidoscope of fascinating cultures and natural wonders that defines the vast African continent, transporting guests to such exotic locales as South Africa, Kenya, Egypt and Morocco and the rich landscapes and wild beasts in between.

BLUEPRINT AFRIKA will feature unique 12’ x 12’ “dining environments”
created by some of our area’s most accomplished designers.  Introduced last year, these limited sponsor “rooms” have quickly become coveted for their uniqueness. Each BLUEPRINT AFRIKA designer is hosting a custom-designed sponsor table for 10, inspired by the spectacular natural artscapes of the Sahara, the jungles of Central Africa, the Serengenti Plains, Victoria Falls and Mt. Kilimanjaro! 

Spelled with a K?  Historically, Afrika was spelled with a “k” in the vernacularof the continent’s traditional languages.

Other highlights of BLUEPRINT AFRIKA include:

Our Habitat Pinellas Golden Hammer Award will be presented to HSN by 2014 recipient, Raymond James Financial.

•  Twelve individual dining environments created by accomplished designers are the stars of the evening. Guests vote for their favorite and the winning designer is recognized as the “Best of BLUEPRINT.”

•  Our unique silent auction exclusively features one-of-a-kind “master works” created specifically for our gala by over 20 professional artists who upcycle chairs, small tables and lamps from our Habitat ReStore

• Meet the BLUEPRINT AFRIKA designers and auction artists during the cocktail reception!

• Enjoy cocktail and dessert stations and live entertainment and dancing.

Plan to be there!

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Your “Giving Tuesday” gift helps Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County change lives!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Celebrate "Giving Tuesday" with a gift to Habitat Pinellas!

Living pay check to paycheck, the families we serve have spent years juggling bills on limited incomes. Many spend over 50% of their income on rent and struggle to afford other necessities.  They are forced to decide which bills they can pay and still afford the week's groceries to feed their children. And during the holidays, those decisions become especially tough for parents who don't have any extra cash to shop for presents for their children.

"Habitat allowed me to provide for my son in a way that I did not ever think I would be able to -- I am so grateful that we got this opportunity," said Heather Millwater, whose Habitat home was dedicated for her and her autistic son just about a year ago last December. "Christmas is a lot more fun when you don't have to stress out about making the riduculously high rent, or that your lease is ending and you have to decide whether to stay or go. A home shouldn't be temporary, and living under a roof shouldn't break you. People shouldn't have to make decisions between rent and Christmas presents for their kids. So this year, "home for the holidays," for me, means I have space to store a few presents and that a bike isn't going to disappear because we have no place to keep it. It means getting to actually enjoy my son and the one day out of the year when I get to spoil him rotten -- and it's okay!"

A HAND UP, NOT A HAND OUT. When accepted into our Habitat program, qualified families like the Millwaters are able to work toward an affordable home of their own that helps bring stability into their lives. After completing 250-350 "sweat equity" hours on the build sites and completing 20 classes, families receive a zero-interest mortgage and the key to their new home. The mortgage payments of a Habitat home are more affordable and suited to their modest incomes, easing stressful financial burdens. With every Habitat home built in Pinellas County, another family escapes the downward spiral of substandard housing and is set on a path toward a brighter future.

Your gift makes a life-changing impact for local families -- especially the children who will grow up in a secure home with a yard and a much more nurturing environment. Your gift keeps us building and changing lives!  Thank you for supporting our mission for a world where everyone has a decent place to live!

Photo: Heather Millwater and her son look forward to celebrating the holiday season in their Habitat home in St. Pete.

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