Thank you for being involved in the Habitat for Humanity mission. With a community like you, Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County (Brevard Habitat) has been able to serve and extend a hand up, not a hand out, to 328 families in need in Brevard for the past 30 years.
To dedicate our resources and continue our mission of serving local families, Brevard Habitat is canceling the 2015 Strawberry Festival. While we are disappointed that we will not be able to celebrate with supporters, volunteers and participants at the festival, we are fully vested in continuing our vision to eliminate substandard housing in Brevard County.
Brevard Habitat will be announcing new events and we hope that you will choose to remain involved as we bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. We look forward to expanding our work with you to ensure families in Brevard County have a decent place to live.
We wish to thank you again for your past support of the festival and ask you to join us as we move forward with excitement in to the future.
The Brevard Habitat Team]]>
“Becoming a homeowner, this has always been my dream and now that I have the opportunity through Habitat, it still seems so unreal although I know I will be a great one,” said Sheila Sanders, whose family will be moving into the home when it is completed.
Sponsors such as Bank of America, Mortgage Settlement Fund, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Central Florida Chapter of NIGP, Inc. and Duda Sod Farms have come together to help make this dream a reality. Each Saturday, volunteers comprised mainly of members of the Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County Women Build program will work to bring this dream to fruition.
If you would like to a part of this exciting projecty please contact Women Build Volunteer Coordinator Terry Quinlivan at email@example.com to find out about hours of work and skills needed.]]>
“Big Mike has a big heart, he is a hard worker and any task I ask him to do he gets done right away. Not to mention, the customers love him because he will do anything to help and always has a smile on his face,” added Enid Ortiz, ReStore Manager.
Mike came to Habitat over 2 years ago. “My friend, Mike Walker told me about Habitat. It was a good organization for me to help out at and would give me something to do to get out of the house,” he stated.
“I invite everyone to come down to Habitat and volunteer. It will make your life better when you get to help people in a caring and loving organization like this!”]]>
At Habitat, we are honored with work done by special people and special groups. Each month we take the time to honor those people who have given their time to help us build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
The January 2015 volunteer(s) of the month are “The Cocoa Boys.” “While we were working at our various jobs we were not able to volunteer in the community as much as we would have liked. So once we retired, we made it a point to give back to the community as much we could,” said Mick Karolick, who worked as an electrical engineer with Harris before retiring.
“We met while volunteering on the Florida Trail and started looking for places we could use our skills to improve the community. We found our backgrounds were a good fit for Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County,” added Dale Weddle, who retired from working with the Department of Defense.
“It is great to have them out here each week helping us build homes for families. They use their knowledge to help other volunteers learn to build, they use their expertise to help us keep builds on schedule and they are just a lot of fun to be around. Without volunteers like them we would not be able to do what we do to help families get into decent, affordable homes,” stated Joe Moran, director of construction for Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County.]]>
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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