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Homeowner Marisela holds her son Victor in front of their new home in Habitat’s Bonita Springs neighborhood, Partnership Place.

Each gated community that supports Habitat consists of action-oriented dreamers and doers. For over a decade, these gated communities have enthusiastically brought people together to build homes, communities, and hope for local families in partnership with Habitat. And this year is no exception. Residents in Bonita Bay, Pelican Landing and The Colony, and Shadow Wood Country Club have challenged themselves to give, build, and sacrifice more through volunteer and fundraising efforts.

Over the past few months, the community committees supporting Habitat have busily conducted their 2023 fundraising and building campaigns. Leaders from Bonita Bay and Pelican Landing and The Colony Habitat committees, plus the Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation, have organized events to inspire Habitat supporters living within their communities. Together, these three communities have committed to funding nearly six homes in our newest Bonita Springs neighborhood, Partnership Place. Each home is built by Bonita residents, for Bonita residents.

As a result, residents have substantially supported each community campaign, reaching record fundraising milestones. The gated communities have collectively raised nearly $1.4 million for Habitat this year, with Bonita Bay residents raising over $642,000, Pelican Landing and The Colony raising over $428,000, and the Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation granted $325,000 for Habitat’s affordable homeownership program. The Shadow Wood Charitable Foundation also awarded $21,100 to Habitat’s Hurricane Recovery Home Repair Program to help low-income homeowners rebuild after Hurricane Ian.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties relies on this crucial support from gated communities to fund and build affordable homes. We are beyond grateful for their commitment to helping local families achieve their dream of homeownership.

To learn more about Habitat’s Community Activation Model, contact Rachel West at or call 239-800-5246.