Volunteers and the work they commit their time to doing is one of the most important (if not the most important) aspects to making sure everyone has a decent place to live. Three ladies who have consistently done that every Wednesday for more than 6 years are Verdell “Del” Shackleford, Cornelia Williams and Willie Hill.
“When these three ladies are at the office our usually quiet hallways are filled with laughter and lively conversation. Which sometimes makes you forget how much work they are getting done as “Office Angel” data entry volunteers,” added Mollie Krell, Volunteer Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County.
Del began volunteering for Habitat 13 years ago. “I worked in housing and urban development for the city of Melbourne and Kim Gabriel asked me to volunteer for Habitat. I told her I would do that when I retired so I did. It was perfect for me to use my experience to help put families into homes” she added.
Cornelia began volunteering for Habitat 11 years ago. “When I retired I was just sitting at home and Winnie Austin told me to come over to Habitat to volunteer my time. She was like a mother to me so I did what she said and I have been her ever since!”
Willie is the newbie of the group having started volunteering for Habitat in 2008. “My husband and I retired from Virginia to Melbourne. My banker, Charlotte Hutchinson told me about Habitat and how I could volunteer there. I started out on a different day but now I am here every Wednesday.”
The ladies also added that they loved being a part of visiting the families who join the program. “We also get to help do the family visit as a new family enters the program,” Willie added. “It is nice to see them start and later learn how they work to get their home.”
“I love to see how this organization has grown over the years that I have been volunteering here. It started out many years ago off John Roades to this beautiful new building (at 4515 Babcock St NE in Palm Bay)” said Del.
“The work that these three ladies do every week is so important and allows us to track our volunteer hours, which in turn provides the information we need to apply for grants to build more houses,” Mollie added. “But more important, is the joy they bring to the staff and other volunteers who get to see their smiling faces each and every Wednesday!”
“I believe God opened this door at this time in my life. It was simply up to me to step across the threshold. With His guidance and the Habitat team, I look forward to serving the mission of action and vision of decent, affordable homes for deserving Brevard families,” Brewer stated.
“J. Brewer brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and heart to Habitat. I am delighted that he has joined us as Director of Development and look forward to working with him in our mission toward a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” said Diane Koenig, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County.]]>
Colin Anderson started out working with Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County when he and his mother were still in transitional housing with Community of Hope. His mother Wendy wanted to be able to provide a stable environment for her son. “I was not old enough to work on the build sites when we entered the program so I volunteered my time in the ReStore. The other volunteers make it enjoyable, we have fun working together and the Habitat staff are great people to be around” he added.
In this past year alone, Colin has put in over 250 hours volunteering at the ReStore, Gala, and Strawberry Festival. Not to mention he is a full time student at Palm Bay High taking AP honors courses and running Cross Country in his spare time. “Colin is a talented young man who lifts up the spirits of any one who is lucky enough to spend any time with him. He helps out in so many ways and inspires everyone he meets,” said Andrew Schirmacher, Community Engagement Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County.
“He not only volunteers his time but he has contributed his talents too!” he added. Colin took a tool box that would have been thrown out and converted it into any mechanics dream tool box. He banged out the dents in the tool box, repainted it, added a radio, with amplifier and speakers to it. This item was one of the big earners to help support the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County.
When asked why he continues to volunteer for Habitat, Colin added, “Because I like to do it and love to give back to the community!” Next time you stop by the ReStore on a weekend take a moment to meet our volunteer of the month.]]>
Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Inc. and Sublime Restaurant and Sangria Lounge have teamed up to make a world where everyone has a decent place to live. To help accomplish this mission Sublime is donating 20% of their sales for every customer who presents the coupon to their server on November 11th to help make this possible.
“Sublime Restaurant and Sangria Lounge strives to bring positive change in our community by hosting and being involved in various types of programs and community outreach efforts,” said Lauren Kecskes, director of Marketing for Sublime Restaurant and Sangria Lounge.
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The “Art” of Salvaging Building Materials before Demolition
Deconstruction is the hand demolition of buildings in the reverse order of their construction in order to carefully remove materials for reuse and recycling. This technique reduces the disposal of materials into the landfill, and provides materials for renovation and other small-scale construction projects.
How the ReStore Deconstruction process works:
The Habitat ReStore carries insurance that covers employees and volunteers on the deconstruction site. A certificate of insurance is available to the property owner upon request.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2003, the United States produced an estimated 136 million tons of building related construction and demolition debris. The EPA estimated that only 20 to 30 percent of the debris was recovered for reuse or recycling.
Although the construction and demolition industry has made great strides in the recovery of construction and demolition debris, the demolition of building materials consumes much of our limited landfill space.
Developers and construction companies, up until now, have been offered little choice when it comes to removing buildings.
This is why the ReStore Deconstruction program exists!
Diverting C&D materials from landfills is important because it saves natural resources, decreases greenhouse gas emissions, reduces the need for landfill space, and saves money.]]>
On June 14th, Terry Tesdall was named the 2014 Titusville Community Service Award recipient. A retiree form McDonald Douglas, Terry lends his time and talents to a wide array of different organizations in the Titusville area, including Hospice of St. Francis, BETA, Liberty Lodge, the Children’s Center, Special Olympics, and Joe’s Club through his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus, for which he has been a member for 30 years and a Grand Knight for two of those years.
As a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Terry has assisted with building of 38 new homes for families in need. He is also on the Steering Committee for the North Brevard Men’s Prayer Breakfast, a member of the Brevard Woodworkers Club and Director of the Laurel Run at Meadow Ridge Homeowners Association.
“Terry has helped work on houses and is a vital part of our electrical team in the north end of the county. He has dedicated many hours to help put families in homes in Brevard County,” said Bruce Challender, site supervisor for Habitat.
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“In 2001, My husband and I bought a house in Florida. In 2009, we decided to make Florida our full-time home,” she stated. “When I was looking for something to do, I heard that Habitat was hiring and decided to give of my time and talents to this wonderful organization.”
“I am delighted to have Pat on the Brevard Habitat team. Her many years of experience will be a huge asset to our organization.” Diane Koenig, Executive Director added.]]>
Every month the staff from Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County gets together to pick the volunteer of the month. Some months are easier than others as you look at the list and one name jumps out to the staff. This month we had just such a choice – Mike Z. Mike Ziemacki began volunteering with Habitat back when he was working for Harris Corp.
“I started out working on the sites and when Harris decided to sponsor builds, I got more involved. Once I retired, this became a place I could come out to and give of my time and get to help on a lot of projects!” Mike said.
Mollie Krell, Volunteer Coordinator added, “He has over 2600 hours, works in the ReStore over 40 hours a week and he can fix or build anything that is needed for the ReStore. He comes up with new ideas and follows through till they are implemented and he has become a vital part of our family!”]]>