We’ve Built 312 Habitat Pinellas Homes for 774 Children and Funded 280 Homes Overseas.


World Habitat Day is Mon., Oct. 7 - we’re dedicating our 278th home!

Friday, October 4, 2013

See dedication pics in Picasa album!

WORLD HABITAT DAY is a day to recognize the basic need for adequate shelter in a world where it is lacking for so many – a day for grassroots action throughout the world, starting in our community. 

By advocating for universal decent housing, we seek to alter the systems that reinforce substandard housing and to make affordable housing a reality for all.

Every year World Habitat Day is observed on the first Monday in October. This year we celebrated this day by dedicating another Habitat home in our own community. Welcome home to Tysia Grady and her wonderful children!



Wells Fargo staff volunteer at 6 Habitat homes in 6 Florida counties including Pinellas!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Eighteen staff members from Wells Fargo spent the morning working hard to make a difference in the lives of a local family last Saturday helping Habitat Pinellas rehab a Clearwater home that will soon be theirs.  Led by Wells Fargo senior vice president Eric Sharpe, the volunteers worked both inside and outside the home, painting, clearing overgrown bushes and trees, and working on the interior framing of the home.  In addition to the team of volunteers, Wells Fargo also provided a $15,000 grant to Habitat Pinellas.

This project in Clearwater was one of six Habitat for Humanity volunteer projects Wells Fargo team members participated in, simultaneously, in Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida. The other Habitat service projects were in Hillsborough, Manatee, South Sarasota, Charlotte and Collier counties.

“Wells Fargo has been a fantastic partner with Habitat for Humanity, and we are fortunate to be one of the six Florida affiliates participating in this incredible six-home team build day, said Ron Spoor, interim CEO and president of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County.  “By the end of the work day, we expect to have trusses installed and sheathing started.  It will be a productive day to say the least.”

“At Wells Fargo, we believe that everyone deserves a decent, safe place to call home,” said David Guzman, Wells Fargo Regional President. “Our team members are working hard to make that belief a reality by supporting organizations like Habitat for Humanity.”

Thank you to our friends at Wells Fargo!


Crown Auto Group partners with Habitat Pinellas to build two homes!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Crown Auto Group sponsors two Habitat homes to be build in Pinellas County during the fall of 2013.Many thanks to Crown Automotive Group for sponsoring two Habitat Pinellas homes!

We are excited to partner with Crown as we build homes for the Jocelyn and Millwater families. The homes will be built on 35th Avenue North in St. Petersburg this fall.

In addition to providing financial sponsorship for the two homes, Crown employees will be volunteering hundreds of hours on the build sites working side-by-side with our homeowner candidates to help us construct the homes.  

Thank you Crown Automotive Group!

About Crown Automotive Group
Crown Automotive Group has been in business for over 40 years and currently operates 35 domestic and international automotive franchises in Florida, Ohio and Tennessee, with over 750 employees.  The group maintains a laser focus on customer and employee satisfaction, and that philosophy permeates all dealership operations that includes over 100 acres of new and used vehicles. 


Welcome home to the Jimenez family!

Friday, September 6, 2013

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Congratulations to the Jimenez family who received the key to their new Habitat home early Friday morning! Those in attendance were treated to a beautiful a cappella rendition of "God Bless America" sung by Jose Jimenez!

Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped build the Jimenez home and a special thanks to Solar Energy Management who donated a solar electricity system for the home.

Solar Energy Management of Tampa donated a solar electricity system to Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County. The system was installed on the first Habitat home in Pinellas County and is part of a pilot program by Habitat.Dedication participants welcoming the family to Pinellas Park included Pinellas Park Chamber of Commerce president Jon Farris, who presented the family with a gift made possible by several member merchants. Doug Lewis from the City of Pinellas Park present a flag provided by Shirley Miaoulis, district representative for U.S. Congressman CW Bill Young. Three officers from the Pinellas Park Police Department welcomed the family to the city.  Fr. Scott of Sacred Heart Catholic Church blessed the home.

Other participants included Melinda Cappa of Valpak, Tori McGee of Duke Energy and volunteer Shane Foley who presented the family with a Habitat hammer.

Solar Electricity -- the gift that keeps on giving! 
The 5.62KW solar electricity system on the Jimenez home was donated and installed by Solar Energy Management (SEM) and its suppliers and financial contributors, GexProl Orlando, First Housing and PCM Precision. The home is the first Habitat Pinellas home to use solar electricity and is part of a pilot program analyzing the energy cost savings and benefits of solar electricity by Habitat over the initial 12 months.

"Over the course of its 25-year life cycle, the system will save the homeowner more than $50,000 in energy costs," said Scott McIntyre, CEO of SEM.  "It will eliminate 150 tons from the homeowner's carbon footprint, the equivalent of planting 3,495 trees. The solar electricity system we've installed has the latest technology to provide power without batteries. If the power goes out, so long as the sun is shining, the home has power." 

Many thanks to Solar Energy Management of Tampa!


CHASE presents $45,000 check in support of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

CHASE presents $45,000 check in support of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County in late July 2013.Recently our interim CEO and president, Ron Spoor, was honored to accept a check for $45,000 from CHASE first vice president Rosa Seguel-Meyer. Habitat Pinellas plans to allocate the money to help construct a home in the spring of 2014.

A long-time supporter of Habitat Pinellas, CHASE has also contributed generously to Habitat Pinellas with land donations. CHASE employees also regularly attend our home dedications to share the joy of presenting excited Habitat homeowners with the keys to their homes. Rosa, along with another CHASE first vice president, Nathan Merrill, have witnessed firsthand the excitement of the homeowners and experienced many touching moments at our home dedications. We look forward to including them in the  dedication for the home this check will help build!

Many thanks to CHASE for supporting Habitat's mission!