Our ReStore and administrative offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 2nd.
We will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3rd. Have a great Labor Day Weekend!Comments
We are sad to say farewell to our long-time CEO and president, Barbara Inman, who this week will be moving out of our Habitat Pinellas offices to her new Habitat Florida State Support Organization office just off McMullen Booth Road. Effective August 12th, Barbara became the executive director of Habitat Florida, where her extraordinary leadership skills and vision will benefit all 58 Habitat affiliates throughout our state.
Barbara has been an amazing force since the day she arrived at Habitat Pinellas ten years ago. In 2003, Habitat Pinellas was building just two houses a year. Only one year later, we opened our ReStore. Today, ten years after her arrival, we build 26 homes each year! Under Barbara's leadership, Habitat Pinellas has earned Charity Navigator's 4-star rating for 7 consecutive years and we are among the nation's highest functioning Habitat affiliates -- ranked No. 20 out of more than 1,100 affiliates.
As executive director for the state support organization, Barbara will be responsible for advocacy and education on state legislative issues concerning affordable housing. She will also facilitate statewide funding opportunities and coordinate support, training and education for the 58 Habitat for Humanity affiliates throughout Florida.
The Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County Board of Directors has named our COO, Ron Spoor, interim CEO while it conducts a search to replace Barbara. Ron joined the Habitat Pinellas staff in 2007 and has over 20 years of experience producing affordable housing. We have extreme confidence he will continue to do a great job for us.
Thank you, Barbara, for all you have done for Habitat Pinellas and the hundreds of families who have been served during your tenure. Congratulations! We will miss you.Comments
Early Tuesday morning, we were delighted to receive a $15,000 check from our friends at Wells Fargo. The check was presented to our interim CEO, Ron Spoor, by Eric Sharpe, senior vice president, Machelle Manor, vice president community development and Debra Kent Faulk, community affairs officer.
We are especially excited to receive the grant since it is part of Wells Fargo's "Team Member Volunteer Program," which includes a day of service at one or more of our Habitat Pinellas build sites. In conjunction with the Team Member Volunteer Program, approximately 20 employees from Wells Fargo will be volunteering to assist us on September 21st. And senior vice president Eric Sharpe will be rolling up his sleeves to lead the team on that day!
Many thanks to Wells Fargo, who has been one of our most loyal community partners for several years! Over and over again they have helped Habitat Pinellas in its mission to build hope and community.
PHOTO: From left, Connor Davis, Habitat Pinellas development associate, Ron Spoor, Habitat Pinellas interim CEO, Eric Sharpe, Wells Fargo senior vice president, Machelle Maner, Wells Fargo vice president and Debra Kent Faulk, Wells Fargo community affairs officer.Comments
On Tuesday morning, a group of Habitat Pinellas supporters gathered to help Yolanda Munnerlyn and her daughter celebrate the dedication of their home in St. Petersburg.
Bank of America Tampa Bay market president Bill Goede presented the house key to the very appreciative homeowner. Also participating in the dedication were Charles Wright of Valpak, City of St. Petersburg council chair Karl Nurse and council member Jeff Danner, and Shirley Miaoulis of U.S. Congressman CW Bill Young's office.
The home, which was donated to Habitat Pinellas by Bank of America, was refurbished by Habitat Pinellas. Just this past weekend 18 Bank of America employees turned out to lay the new sod for the property and plant shrubs and flowers. The volunteers worked tirelessly side-by-side with homeowner Yolanda Munnerlyn producing a wonderful transformation!
Bank of America Charitable Foundation has been a strong annual supporter of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County with donations totaling over $370,000 since 2006. This home donation, which is now the Munnerlyn family home, is in addition to a $55,000 grant from Bank of America to help Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County fund construction of another new home for a qualified homeowner in the Tampa Bay area. Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County has received seven low-value or of-value distressed property donations from Bank of America over the past year.
Many thanks to Bank of America and all the staff who volunteered on this home!Comments
Saturday morning 13 Duke Energy employees got up with the sun to head over to our Stevens Creek subdivision to spend the morning laying sod and planting trees, shrubs and flowers for the Blakely family home.
The group of volunteers, which included Duke Energy's state president, Alex Glenn, worked alongside the home's soon-to-be owner, Deloris Blakely, who has been extremely grateful for the help with her home. In addition to the volunteer efforts by Duke Energy staff members, this home will be outfitted with a solar water heater, which is part of a Duke Energy grant program that has benefited many Habitat Pinellas homeowners for the past two years.
Only a month ago, another group of Duke Energy volunteers had been out helping to construct the interior wall frames of the home. Two of the landscaping volunteers who had also participated in the framing activities were amazed at how quickly the home has come together. They look forward to coming back out to participate in the home's dedication when Deloris and her son, Brian, will receive the key to the home. The dedication will be held in September and announcements will be emailed to volunteers and posted on the Calendar: Events/Dedications page.
Many thanks to Florida president Alex Glenn and all of our friends at Duke Energy!Comments