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Friday, 29 December 2017 16:59

1,500th Habitat home celebrated

Fort Myers, Fla. (November09, 2017) –Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties achieveda major milestone, building and dedicating their 1,500th home. Aspecial dedication ceremony was held to commemorate the event and celebrate with the Habitat homebuyer, home sponsor Chico’s FAS, Inc., Habitat Board Members, donors, and volunteers. During the ceremony the house keys were handed over to the Habitat homebuyer, Yacnima, officially achieving her own milestone by providing a home for her and her two boys, ages 10 and 14. Yacnima earned and purchased her Habitat home. She completed 300 hours of sweat equity, attended financial literacy and home maintenance classes, paid $1,700 in closing cost, signed her mortgage, and will pay an affordable, monthly mortgage payment.

Habitat’s 1,500th home is significant as it symbolizes that 1,500 families have partnered with Habitat to earn and purchase a safe and decent place to call home. Over 3,500 people now have stable housing, improved health, and the opportunity to budget and save for other needs.

Habitat started as a grassroots effort in 1980, building single family homes as a response to the deplorable living conditions in the Harlem Heights community. Officially becoming a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in 1982, the local office has become one of the largest in the country. In the past 35 years, 176 Habitat homebuyers have paid off their mortgages, 746 families have received homeownership counseling, and over 80,000 people have volunteered with Habitat in Lee and Hendry counties.

Since 2001, Chico’s FAS has partnered with Habitat and worked alongside families to build strength and stability through shelter. The 1,500th Habitat home is also a major milestone for Chico’s FAS as it is the 41st home they have sponsored.

"We are very proud to dedicate our 41st Chico’s FAS home in Southwest Florida. This year alone, our associates spent more than 400 hours volunteering to build and renovate Habitat homes for women and their families so they can have safe and affordable housing. Chico's FAS is committed to giving back, and it’s exciting to be part of something so impactful in our community," says Shelley Broader, President and Chief Executive Officer for Chico's FAS, Inc.

Offering a hand up, Habitat and Chico’s FAS are making the dream of homeownership a reality for families in Lee and Hendry Counties.

About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, Inc.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties is one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the country. Since 1982, 1,500 families in need of a hand up have partnered with Habitat to build or improve their home. Habitat homeowners, alongside volunteers, help build their own home and pay an affordable mortgage. Through volunteering, financial or material donations, everyone can help Lee and Hendry county families achieve strength, stability and independence. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.habitat4humanity.org

Friday, 29 December 2017 16:52

Celebrating Christmas with Moving Boxes

Fort Myers, Fla. (December 21, 2017)“This is our home”, Claudette’s 8-year old daughter whispered to her. “Always and forever”, answered Claudette.

Their Christmas is going to be full of boxes - moving boxes. Claudette and her daughters will be celebrating Christmas in their very own Habitat home.

Almost a year and a half ago, Claudette applied to Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties. Once approved for the program, Claudette completed home maintenance and financial management classes. Working alongside Habitat volunteers she contributed 300 hours of sweat equity, then paid $1,700 in closing cost, and finally, just three days before Christmas, she signed the mortgage to purchase her Habitat home.

“Before Habitat, I had to move in with my mom because the rent kept going up. I’m grateful to my mom, but space was tight. Not only were we sharing the house with my parents, but also, my sister and her three kids. There were 11 people in her three bedroom, one bath house”, said Claudette.

“Now that I have an affordable mortgage payment every month, I am hoping to save up for a swing set. The girls are so excited to play in the backyard. This is truly our Christmas miracle”.

“The need for affordable housing in Lee and Hendry counties is great”, said Kitty Green, Habitat President and CEO. “An average of 14 families apply for every one house that we have the funds to build.”

Each Habitat partner family earns and purchases their house, providing their families a safe, decent and affordable place to call home.

Claudette’s dream of purchasing her own home has come true. Christmas will be a little different this year, as they move and unpack boxes, but Claudette says it will be the best Christmas yet, because they are finally home.

About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties is one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the country. Since 1982, 1,500 families in need of a hand up have partnered with Habitat Lee and Hendry to build or improve their home. Habitat homeowners, alongside volunteers, help build their own home and pay an affordable mortgage. Through volunteering, financial or material donations, everyone can help Lee and Hendry county families achieve strength, stability and independence. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.habitat4humanity.org

Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:54

Habitat Builds for Better Futures

Habitat for Humanity helps thousands of families build toward a better future through volunteers and donations in the community, and Tuesday, Four in Your Corner lent a helping hand with the construction in Bonita Springs.

Read the full article at Fox4Now.

Saturday, 28 October 2017 16:43

FGCU Students Support the ReStore

To support Hurricane Irma victims, 400 FGCU students volunteered their time for community service at 11 different sites including Habitat for Humanity Island Park ReStore.

Read the full article at Fox4Now.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 21:08

Profile of Kitty Green President/CEO

Read the great profile about our President & CEO Kitty Green in the latest edition of Florida Weekly.

https://fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/articles/kitty-green/

 

Saturday, 17 June 2017 14:03

Home Builders Blitz Dedication

A single mother of three was handed more than just the keys to a Cape Coral home, but the keys to a bright new chapter for the Costa family...

Read the full story at Fox4News.com

Friday, 09 June 2017 13:49

Women Build Home Dedication

Habitat Program Dedicates Homes

It was an emotional Mother’s Day weekend for Lellany Machado as Chico’s FAS, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Shelley Broader presented the single mother with the keys to her very own home through Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties’ Women Build Program...

Read the full article at The River

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 13:44

2017 Women Build Thank You Party

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties 2017 Women Build Thank You Party at the Bell Tower Shops.

View photos from the event at Florida Weekly

Cape Coral, Fla. (April 20, 2017) - Aubuchon Homes’ employees volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties (Habitat) to build the walls of Habitat’s first Home Builders Blitz house. Working together with Habitat, the Aubuchon Homes’ team measured, cut, drilled and nailed,transforming the raw materials into the walls of a future home. Building the walls is the first phase of Aubuchon Homes’ partnership with Habitat to complete the first Home Builders Blitzhome in one week during the nationwide Home Builders Blitz week, June 5-9, 2017.

Home Builders Blitz is a nationwide collaboration between Habitat for Humanity affiliates and their local building industries. Together, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties and Aubuchon Homes, will partner with a local family in need of decent and affordable housing to build a three bedroom, two bath home in one week.

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Gary Aubuchon, President of Aubuchon Team of Companies and a Habitat board member, is excited to have his team build the inaugural Home Builders Blitz house. “Aubuchon Homes marks its 25th anniversary this year and what better way to celebrate than by giving back to our community in one of the most meaningful and quickest home building projects we’ve ever undertaken”, said Aubuchon.

Habitat and Aubuchon Homes kick off the Home Builders Blitz construction on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Local building industry members interested in joining the build can contact Aubuchon Homes at (239) 542-1075. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties contact (239) 652-0434 or visit www.Habitat4Humanity.org.

About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties is one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the country. Since 1982, over 1,400 families in need of a hand up have partnered with Habitat Lee and Hendry to build or improve their home. Habitat homeowners, alongside volunteers, help build their own home and pay an affordable mortgage. Through volunteering, financial or material donations, everyone can help Lee and Hendry county families achieve strength, stability and independence. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.habitat4humanity.org

About Aubuchon Homes

As a design build and decorate firm, Aubuchon Homes is involved in every aspect from initial design to furnishing the home. Their clients love the fact they can work one-on-one with the architectural designers, project managers, and interior designers to create their dream home. Since 1992, Aubuchon Homes has designed and built more than 500 homes, garnered more than 300 industry awards and staffs approximately 50 team members. This year they celebrate their 25th anniversary.

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 15:03

Women Build on NBC-2

Our Women Build "Women Helping Women Annual Building Event" was featured on NBC-2 on April 28th 2017.

View the video 

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