We’ve Built 332 Habitat Pinellas Homes for 817 Children and Funded 304 Homes Overseas.


HSN CEO Mindy Grossman presents family with key to their home.

Friday, June 20, 2014

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HSN Cares.  They really do!

On Saturday, June 14th, several of HSN's staff, including CEO Mindy Grossman, came out to help Lora Stone and her adorable daughter celebrate the dedication of their new Habitat home in Pinellas Park. The home was sponsored by HSN Cares and many of HSN's employees volunteered at the build site, investing hundreds of hours to help build it. In as many years, HSN has sponsored three other Habitat homes in Pinellas Park, with HSN tallying nearly 2,500 volunteer hours helping to build the homes.

Lora, who is deaf, was assisted during the dedication by American Sign Language interpreter Kelly Combs. Delivering good wishes, hugs and the house key, Mindy Grossman was the featured presenter during the dedication. She also shared a few words about HSN's commitment to Habitat Pinellas, as well as the national campaign her company is currently conducting to help raise funds for Habitat International.

“HSN Cares is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity on our fourth home in Pinellas County,” said Mindy Grossman, Chief Executive Officer, HSNi. “Our executive team and our employees have spent more than 400 hours helping the Stone family realize their dream of owning a home.”

Other dedication participants included former Pinellas Park Gateway Chamber president John Ferris, David Gerald of Anona United Methodist Church, Joe Triolo of Duke Energy and Nina Almodovar of Valpak. Pastor Danny Harris of Crosspointe Deaf Church delivered the blessing of the home, which he signed and was assisted by the interpreter.

Many thanks to HSN and all their staff for their generosity and volunteerism! And many thanks also go to all the community volunteers who also helped build the Stone home.

PHOTOS:  Top, HSN CEO Mindy Grossman with Lora and her daughter. Bottom, interpreter Kelly Combs with Lora as she expresses her gratitude.


Habitat Pinellas celebrates 300th home with St. Pete Mayor Kriseman!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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St. Pete Mayor Kriseman receives recognition at Habitat Pinellas 300th home dedication on June 16, 2014.Nearly 150 supporters came out to celebrate a significant milestone in Habitat Pinellas history that has helped 300 families, including 753 children, escape the downward spiral of substandard housing. Surrounded by these enthusiastic supporters, the 300th Habitat Pinellas home was dedicated for the Harrell family in the Midtown area of South St. Petersburg on Monday, June 16, 2014.

Among our VIP guests was Jane Dunaway, the very first Habitat homeowner in Pinellas County, which also happens to be located in St. Pete. Jane was recognized with a bouquet of flowers, and after the ceremony she was united with the 300th homeowner, Tamara Harrell and her kids, which made the morning even more special!

The occasion brought out several of St. Pete's elected officials and civic leaders, as well as many of Habitat's corporate and community partners. Mayor Rick Kriseman was a featured participant in the ceremony as he congratulated Habitat Pinellas on its work throughout St. Petersburg and all of Pinellas County. Habitat Pinellas CEO Mike Sutton and Habitat Florida CEO Barbara Inman (former CEO of Habitat Pinellas) presented Mayor Kriseman with a commemorative plaque recognizing the Mayor and the City of St. Petersburg for its support of the Habitat mission.

The dedication began with students from nearby Academy Prep of St. Petersburg reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance" as well as the school's pledge, led by Academy Prep's Michael Adekunle.

Other program participants included: Chris Steinocher, president and CEO of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, who presented the Harrell family with a gift basket and a bouquet of sunflowers;  Valpak president Michael Vivio, along with Valpak PR manager Marsha Strickhouser, presented the family with their first piece of "mail";  Joe Triolo, Duke Energy's energy efficiency program manager spoke of Duke's solar water heater grants to Habitat Pinellas and presented a gift of energy;  David Gerald of Anona United Methodist Church who presented the family with a "basket of essentials";  Tamara Davis, Habitat Pinellas board member and a Habitat homeowner;  and Marlys Meckler, the Harrell family's Habitat homeowner services volunteer partner;  homeowner candidate Dominique Baptiste who presented a welcome mat to her sister, Tamara; and Rev. L. Don Middleton of New Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, who blessed the home at the close of the ceremony.

THANK YOU! Special thanks to the home's co-sponsors, Catalina Charitable Foundation and College Challenge spring break program. Bill Protz, executive director of Catalina Charitable Foundation, presented the house key to Tamara Harrell. 

Habitat Pinellas would like to thank Mayor Kriseman and the City of St. Petersburg for providing assistance in coordinating this event.  We also thank everyone who attended or participated in this special milestone dedication.

And a huge thank you to all the volunteers and house sponsors who helped build, not just this home, but all 300 Habitat Pinellas homes!

PHOTOS:  Top right, Jane Dunaway, Habitat Pinellas' first homeowner, and the Harrell family. Bottom right, Barbara Inman, Mayor Rick Kriseman and Mike Sutton. Left, "Hands on the home" blessing.  Bottom left, City Councilman Wyngay Newton, Tamara Harrell and Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin.


HSN’s top execs put the finishing touches on Habitat home the company sponsored in Pinellas Park.

Monday, June 9, 2014

HSN's highest tier executives, including CEO Mindy Grossman, spent Friday morning putting the final touches on the home their company sponsored for Lora Stone and her daughter. The volunteers worked hard landscaping, placing sod and mulch and planting flowers, bushes and even a centerpiece palm tree. 

Several members of the executive will return to the completed  Pinellas Park home on Saturday morning, June 14th at 9 a.m. for the dedication of the home -- which is our 299th HABITAT PINELLAS HOME!  At that time, Mindy Grossman will present Lora and her daughter with the key to their new home. This is the fourth home that HSN Cares has sponsored for Habitat Pinellas. 

The dedication will be held at 6798 88th Avenue in Pinellas Park. All Habitat supporters are welcome to attend.

Many thanks to HSN for sponsoring the home, and to all HSN staff members and members of our local community who volunteered during the past few months to help build the Stone family home!


Shop HSN.com for home improvement items on June 6th and help raise money for Habitat!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Many thanks to HSN Cares for its generous support of Habitat for Humanity, both here in Pinellas County and for Habitat affiliates throughout the world! And a huge thanks to our Habitat supporters who participate in HSN's donation event today -- as well as other fundraising activities benefitting Habitat for Humanity all month long.



Habitat to Launch Neighborhood Partnership Program During 300th Home Dedication June 16 in St. Pete.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Contact: Robin Macar, 727.536.4755, ext, 204

Mayor Rick Kriseman and Academy Prep students will participate in the dedication of Habitat Pinellas' 300th home.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL  --  June 5, 2014 –  With the dedication of the Harrell family home in St. Petersburg on Monday, June 16th, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County will mark a significant milestone that has enabled 300 low-income families throughout  Pinellas County, including 753 children, to escape the downward spiral of substandard and poverty housing. The dedication will also mark the beginning of a new neighborhood revitalization program for Habitat Pinellas, which will be introduced during the ceremony. The home dedication will take place at 10:30 a.m. at 2230 21st Avenue South.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will be a featured participant in the milestone home dedication, which will be attended by several other city officials, community activists and advocates for the Midtown area.  Students from nearby Academy Prep will recite the “Pledge of Allegiance” and members of the Midtown Rotary Club will present the flag to the family.  Tamara Harrell and her two children will receive the key to Habitat Pinellas’ 300th home from Bill Protz, president of Catalina Marketing Charitable Foundation, the home’s co-sponsor.  The home was also sponsored and partially built by Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge Spring Break volunteers from out of state. 

During the home dedication, Habitat Pinellas’ new “Neighborhood Preservation Partnership” program will be officially introduced with plans to begin initial operations in the 22nd Street corridor of South St. Petersburg. The Midtown Mercy Neighborhood Preservation Partnership, as it will be known, will offer affordable home rehabilitation services to low-income homeowners in the Midtown community using Habitat’s partnership model where homeowners will work “sweat equity” alongside contractors and volunteers to perform the roof replacements, structural repairs, exterior enhancements and energy efficiency upgrades. Homeowners will reimburse Habitat for material expenses through a 0% interest loan with payments based on affordability.

“Habitat Pinellas’ ongoing commitment to serve those in need while at the same time furthering our goals of neighborhood revitalization align perfectly with the city’s mission to truly be a city of opportunity where the sun shines on all who come to live, work and play,” said Mayor Kriseman. “I wish to thank Habitat Pinellas for its continued commitment in St. Petersburg.”

The 300 homes that Habitat Pinellas has built since its inception in 1985 are located in nine major municipalities in Pinellas County, including St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo, Pinellas Park, Seminole, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, Safety Harbor and Oldsmar. Of the 300 Habitat Pinellas homes, nearly half of them are located in St. Petersburg as the Harrell home marks the 143rd Habitat home in the city.

“We could not have reached this significant milestone without the support of our Pinellas community,” said Mike Sutton, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat Pinellas.  “It is because of the physical labor of our volunteers, the generosity of our corporate and private donors, and the support from our local and state government, that Habitat for Humanity continues to succeed in its mission to provide affordable housing for low-income families.  We are successful because of the camaraderie and goodwill of the people who come together to benefit the families in our community.”

Based on new home construction and rehabilitation work on existing homes, Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County is among the top five percent of high performing affiliates nationwide, out of more than 1,500 U.S. Habitat affiliates.  Habitat Pinellas has received Charity Navigator's highest rating, four stars, every year for the past seven years. Only two percent of the charities rated nationally have received at least seven consecutive four-star evaluations, indicating that Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America. 

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Habitat Pinellas Neighborhood Preservation Partnership
The Neighborhood Preservation Partnership is a home rehabilitation program offered by Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County. The program is modeled after other successful neighborhood revitalization partnerships and is intended to compliment other initiatives that are currently strengthening economic and resource development in the areas it will serve.  The Neighborhood Preservation Partnership embraces an asset-based approach to community development and recognizes and promotes the numerous strengths in the community.  In accordance with the Habitat for Humanity “partnership” model, low-income homeowners will join together with contractors and volunteers to perform the rehabilitation work – a process known as “sweat equity.”  Homeowners will reimburse Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County for material expenses through a 0% interest loan – with payments based on affordability.


The program’s inaugural project, Mercy Midtown Neighborhood Preservation Partnership, offers home rehabilitation services to homeowners who live in the 22nd Street South corridor in St. Petersburg. Home rehabilitation work offered includes “aging in place” modifications (designed to accommodate physical mobility limitations), energy efficiency upgrades, roof replacement, structural repairs and exterior enhancements. Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County anticipates that the program and related partnerships will evolve over time as the nonprofit continually seeks to focus resources and opportunities to promote the aspirations of the Midtown community to the fullest extent possible. For more details on the Neighborhood Preservation Partnership, contact Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County at 727) 536-4755 or Ron Spoor, COO.