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Sharing the joy as the Henry family gets the key to their Habitat home!

Monday, July 27, 2015

It was rainy and blustery outside, but inside the new Habitat home in our Stevens Creek neighborhood the sun was shining on the Henry family. Saturday morning a large group of well-wishers dodged the raindrops and the stormy weather to come out to celebrate with the Henrys as they received the key to their new home!

Damicco Robinson made the key presentation to an overjoyed Eric and Iris Henry on behalf of Whirlpool, a contributing sponsor of the home. The couple expressed their gratitude to Whirlpool and a big thank you to all the volunteers who helped build their home. Their oldest son, Isaiah, also expressed his appreciation to the small crowd, which included Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, Clearwater council member Bill Jonson, and Florida Representative Larry Ahern.

Stephany Lavely presented the family with a flag that has been flown over the U.S. Capitol on behalf of U.S. Congressman David Jolly's office. Mayor Cretekos officially welcomed the family to Clearwater and they also received public congratulations from Rep. Ahern. Other participants in the dedication of the Henry home included Habitat Pinellas board member Tamara Davis, Joe Triolo of Duke Energy, Dave Gerald of Anona United Methodist Church, Habitat Pinellas "Weekday Warrior" volunteer Brian Bigler and former Habitat staffer Robert Reeves. Pastor Ernest Chestine of City Praise Church closed the ceremony with a blessing of the home.

Special thanks to Whirlpool and Transamerica, contributing sponsors of the Henry home! And a huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped us build!

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We’re nominated for a St. Pete Chamber “Good ‘Burger” award!

Monday, July 20, 2015

We're very excited to be nominated again for a "Good 'Burger" Award by the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce!  And while it's wonderful to be nominated, we'd really love to receive your VOTE!

Click here to vote for us now!  You will find us in the "Community Conscience" section. (Be sure to scroll all the way down on the nominee list page to find the Voting link!)  Voting begins Monday, July 20th and ends Friday, August 21st. Awards will be announced on September 3rd.

What is a Good 'Burger?
A Good 'Burger is a business, organization, or individual in greater St. Pete making a positive impact in our community. In honor of a former mayor of St. Pete who referred to his citizens as "burgers" (as in St. Petersburgers), the Good 'Burger Awards were established to honor Chamber members who contribute in a positive way to make our community special.

The Good 'Burger Awards Ceremony
Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
Jannus Live from 6 - 9 PM.

We hope to see you there!

Thanks for your vote -- and for your ongoing support of our Habitat mission in Pinellas County!

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Habitat to open second Pinellas ReStore in Palm Harbor

Thursday, July 16, 2015

DONATE NOW to help offset the costs of opening our new ReStore!

We are very excited to announce that we are opening our second Habitat Pinellas ReStore in late September!  The new ReStore is located at 31541 U.S. Highway 19 North in Palm Harbor, between Curlew and Tampa Roads.

Establishing an additional Habitat ReStore and donation center is a strategic decision that will yield meaningful impact for not only the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, but also the communities throughout Pinellas County.

The additional location in Palm Harbor is a visible, easily accessed location that will help expand awareness of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County. And combined with profits from the main store in Clearwater, the Palm Harbor store will result in higher sales volume, which in turn benefits Habitat Pinellas’ home building program. 

As an additional source of self-funding, the Palm Harbor store will help Habitat Pinellas attain its strategic plan goals to nearly double the number of local families it serves over the next three years.  And the overall impact of the Palm Harbor store extends beyond the Habitat building program. The Habitat affordable home program not only helps put limited-income families on the path to a brighter future, it helps revitalize and creates a positive impact in the neighborhoods where we build.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
We are asking for your generous participation in our $150,000 "Resources that open the door to another ReStore" fundraising campaign to help us offset the cost of opening our second store and help expand Habitat for Humanity’s impact throughout all of Pinellas County.

There are two ways to contribute:

Click here to make a gift to help us meet our goal! 

OR the next time you make a purchase at our ReStore (at the corner of 49th Street N and Ulmerton), be sure to round up your purchase to the nearest dollar.

On behalf of the families we serve, THANK YOU for your support of our ReStore and Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County!

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You’ll be amazed at what you can do volunteering for Habitat!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Been thinking of volunteering, but worried you don't have the skills or know-how to build a house? You might be interested to know that the majority of folks who come out to help us have no experience what-so-ever building anything!

Some have never even used a hammer!

Our construction staff is skilled at training novice builders and you'll be amazed at how quickly they will have a team of volunteers being productive and effective! So don't be shy. You CAN do it!

No experience is necessary to come out and help us out! We provide the tools and the hard hat -- all you need to bring is yourself, some gloves, closed toed shoes, and some sunscreen!

Visit our Volunteer pages for more info and Sign up online today! 

Thanks for supporting our mission of making sure everyone has a decent place to live!

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Raising the roof with Kane’s Furniture!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

This morning the construction site for the Mangham family home officially opened the build to volunteers. The day was kicked off by a large group of volunteers from Kane's Furniture who came out to helpus raise the roof trusses on the home their company is sponsoring.

By day's end all the trusses were in place and we had a crew of very happy and exhausted volunteers and a job very well done.

Thank you to each and every one of the Kane's staff members who volunteered, and to many more Kane's volunteers who have signed up to help on other days and phases of construction!

Special thanks to Kane's Furniture for sponsoring the home for the Mangham family. The home is expected to be completed by September.

Photos: Kane's Furniture volunteer photos taken by Habitat Pinellas volunteer coordinator Linzy Wilson.

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