We’ve Built 364 Habitat Pinellas Homes for 897 Children and Funded 336 Homes Overseas.


Our 2015 Golfing Fore Habitat tournament was a success

Friday, November 13, 2015


Check out tournament pics in our Picasa album!

Our sold out Golfing Fore Habitat Partner Tournament took place this past Friday and was a huge success! Thank you to all participants who came out and played in our tournament at Feather Sound Country Club. Congratulations to all our contest winners and our 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams!

First Place: Evolve Bank & Trust
(From left, golf committee member Jason Miller, Michael Kooperman, John Reynaud, Marshall Ames, golf commitee member Keith Kopperud and emcee, Todd Kalas.)

Second Place: (From left, golf committe member Jason Miller, Wilkes Coleman, Billy Stowaser, golf committee member Keith Kopperud Will Sharari and Andrew Wiley.)

Third Place: Sporto and HSN with golf committee member Jason Miller.

Special thanks to our advisory board member and emcee, Todd Kalas, Habiat Pinellas board member, Jason Miller and homeowner candidate Keyth Hooten for being a part of our lunch and award presentation! Also, a big thank you goes out to all our golf committee members. We hope to see everyone out on the golf course again next year!


Welcome home to the Ortega family!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Special thanks to Mid-Atlantic Finance for sponsoring this home for the Ortega family!

Also, many thanks to our dedication participants including: Stephani Lavely of U.S. Congressman David Jolly's office, Chrys Richardson from Valpak, Mid Atlantic volunteers, Matt Godri and Sunshine High, family friend, Viula Mezines, Bennett Zamoof and his son from Shorecrest Elementary, and David Gerald of Anona United Methodist Church.

The following is commentary by former Habitat Pinellas board member Norm Bungard.

Yesterday's Habitat Dedication of house  #341 in Pinellas County was a crowd pleaser starting with Habitat Pinellas' CEO Mike Sutton welcoming the beautiful mid county neighborhood followed by friend of the new family Jose JImenez' rousing rendition of God Bless America. I was almost to tears as were others!  It set the tone for others who spoke in patriotic tones about the Habitat experience. There are so many reasons to love Habitat and you know them as I've written them here many times, but you also know them as the outreach of Habitat extends here and throughout the world, thanks to President Carter,, whose health update in today's TBT is great, and so many others. Do know this: Mid Atlantic Finance Company, a  non prime financial services (to the non prime automotive industry), headquartered in Clearwater,contributed $69,000 to the building of the Ortega home and over 400 volunteer hours, making this a great first build!   

The Jose and Raquel Ortega family is a great Habitat partner. The parents and youth exude a genuine sense of gratitude in a most personable manner.  As Millard Fuller might say, Habitat is a Faith in Action ministry, like no other. I have attended over 250 Dedications over the years and they just keep getting better!

--Norm Bungard

We would also like to recognize and give thanks to all the volunteers who came out and helped us build!

PHOTOS: Top-  Mid-Atlantic Finance CEO Kevin Hawkins gives the key to the Ortega family. Bottom- Mid-Atlantic Finance employees outside the Ortega family home.


With thanks and gratitude, Habitat Pinellas salutes our nation’s veterans.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

On this day and every day, Habitat Pinellas honors the men and women of the U.S. armed forces who made the choice to serve our country.

God bless all of our veterans, more than 48 million in our nation's history, for their courage and sacrifice, especially those who have been injured in the line of duty or have made the ultimate sacrifice to serve our country.

We are honored to be breaking ground in January on a home we are building for Marine Corps vet Breck Spanier and his family.Many thanks to America II for sponsoring the Spanier home and to all the volunteers who will be coming out to help with the build!

We invite veterans in our area to apply for our Habitat program, which can help them achieve their dream of homeownership and stable, secure housing for their families.
How to Apply for Habitat's Homeownership Program


We dedicated the house that BLUEPRINT built!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Wednesday afternoon we dedicated the house that BLUEPRINT built for! Friends, family and neighbors gathered in St. Petersburg celebrate with the Engles as they received the key to their new home!

Janice Balzano, made the key presentation to Marianne Engle on behalf of HCA West Florida, a presenting sponsor of the home and 2015 Gala Visionary Sponsor. Marianne expressed her gratitude to HCA West Florida and gave a big thank you to all the volunteers who helped build her home for her and her two sons.

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. Amy Foster, St. Petersburg City Council Member officially welcomed the family to St. Petersburg.

Other participants in the dedication of the Engle home included Habitat Pinellas board member Amy Rettig, Joe Triolo of Duke Energy, Dave Gerald of Anona United Methodist Church, Linda Higgins of Valpak, Natty Mac volunteer Tina Serna, Habitat Homeowner Services Partner, Laurie Hoskings and Bennett Zamoff and students of Shorecrest Elementary. Marianne’s friends, Larry Engle also stopped by to give Marianne and her family flowers from Random Acts of Flowers. The ceremony closed with Marianne’s friend, Sharda Collard blessing of the home.

Special thanks to our 2015 BLUEPRINT gala sponsors, including presenting sponsor HCA West Florida and land sponsor, Chase Bank.
And a huge thank you to all the volunteers who
helped us build!

PHOTOS: Top- Engle family with Janice Balzano, CEO, St. Petersburg General Hospital of HCA West Florida. Bottom: The Engle family outside their new home.


For the 9th straight year, Habitat Pinellas has earned 4-star rating from Charity Navigator!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

We are thrilled to announce that Habitat Pinellas has received Charity Navigator's coveted four-star ranking for the ninth consecutive year!

This means you can trust that we are being responsible with your donations.

In his notification letter, Charity Navigator President/CEO Micahel Thatcher writes:  "Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only 1 percent of the charities we rate have received at least 9 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County outperforms most other charities in America. This "exceptional" designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust." 

We invite you to review the Habitat Pinellas Charity Navigator rating!  

Thank you for your continued support of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County!

94 cents out of every dollar donated to Habitat Pinellas goes directly to our program!