Get to Know Tiesha Duncan, Future A Rick Case Community Homeowner

Tiesha Duncan is a single mother of two beautiful children – Jordan (11) and Jayda (7). She has worked as a medical assistant for Holy Cross Medical Group for the last ten years, assisting the OBGYN group with its patients. The close-knit family of three enjoy cozy movie nights on the couch while eating popcorn and are members of Calvary Chapel.

After being forced to move out by the father of her children, Tiesha had to move in with her mother. With the limited space, there is little to no privacy. Jordan sleeps in the guestroom on a day bed, while she and Jayda share a room.

“There is nothing like having a place to grow memories and to be in a stable environment,” says Tiesha about becoming a homeowner. Now Tiesha can finally have the opportunity to begin building a foundation for her and her children. “I’ve been attending the Homebuyer education classes and my kids enjoy the Blueprints for Life program,” says Tiesha about Habitat Broward’s homeownership process.

With the money she will save from her low cost, zero percent mortgage, Tiesha will be able to focus on resuming her attendance at Broward College, to complete her Bachelors of Nursing degree. With their new home, Jordan and Jayda can enjoy more privacy in their own rooms, and Tiesha can provide a stable environment for her kids to grow up in.

Meet the Mckinney Family: Future A Rick Case Community Homeowners, Sponsored by WSVN Channel 7

Tyrone and Edna are the proud parents of two young men – Tyrone Jr. (16) and Coby – (15). Tyrone has worked as a delivery driver for Kennesaw for the last five years and Edna has dedicated over 18 years of hard work as the Registrar for William Dandy Middle School. Tyrone Sr. coaches at Northeast High and the American Youth Football League. As a family, they attend Redeeming Word Christian Ministry.

Currently, they are renting a two bedroom house in an unsafe neighborhood. “My car has been broken into three times,” shares Edna. They’ve spent hundreds of dollars on home repairs and maintenance because their landlord refuses to do so.

“We want a place to call home,” Edna says. Now that they’ve been accepted into the Habitat program, Edna and Tyrone can look forward to being the first of their siblings to be homeowners. They’ve already completed 300 sweat equity hours, and Tyrone and Coby have gone beyond expectation as team leaders in the youth Blueprints for life program. With the money they will be saving from their low-cost monthly mortgage, Edna will be able to go back to school to pursue a degree in Psychology.

The Brown Family Spotlight: Future A Rick Case Community Homeowners

Krystal is the single mother of two children – Kelvin (11) and Chrishanti (9). After the passing of her sister, Krystal gained custody of her nephew – Jhaden (13), turning them into a family of four. She’s worked as the Supervisor for Walmart for the last eight years. Kelvin and Jhaden play for the Panthers at Pasadena Lakes Park.

Currently, the family of four lives with Krystal’s mother while they work on their new home in Pompano Beach and save money.

“Homeownership means not having to move every time the lease is up, forcing my kids to switch schools,” shares Krystal. It’s the reason homeownership is important to her. Now that she has been accepted into the Habitat Broward program, Krystal can begin creating new memories and a stable foundation. As the first in her family to become a homeowner, she can begin saving money for her family’s future thanks to her affordable, zero percent interest mortgage.

Get to Know First-Time A Rick Case Community Homeowner, Victoria Griffin

Victoria is a single mother of two vibrant boys – Xavion (9) and Javares (5). She’s been affiliated with Boca Regional for 15 years and currently works as a Patient Access Representative.

The family of three are members of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church and enjoy watching movies together in Victoria’s free time. The Griffin family come from a close-knit family and the boys also love spending time with their cousins.

The Griffin family live in a cramped home and are eager to have their own rooms.

Now that Victoria has been accepted into the Habitat Broward program, she can look forward to being the first in her family to become a homeowner. “I want to show my boys that nothing is impossible when you work hard,” says Victoria.

 

Meet Erneika Mejia’s Family

Erneika Mejia is a single mother of four wonderful children – Ny’Kietria (17), Ja’Cari (16) (not pictured), Gregory (13), and Chanel (11). She has worked as the Financial Crime Specialist for Wells Fargo Bank’s Pompano Beach branch for nine years. Her son Gregory is part of the Keystone club of the Boys and Girls Club and Chanel is a Girl Scout.

The vibrant family of five currently reside in a small apartment in an unsafe neighborhood. “There’s a lot of crime and several reported murders,” Erneika shares. In fact, Erneika was the victim of a shooting a few years ago. It was then she decided that she had to find a safe, stable place for her children.

“I want to be able to have something that I can give to my kids as an inheritance,” says Erneika about becoming a homeowner. Now that she has been accepted into the Habitat Broward program, Erneika is well on her way to becoming the first in her family to own a home.

“I want to teach my kids the importance of homeownership,” Erneika says. With the money she will save from her zero-interest mortgage, Erneika can begin focusing on going back to school to pursue a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice.

Future Homeowner Leads with Giving Spirit

Ma’Oumba is the proud mother of four children: Sidney (10), Kiema (9), Tembe (8), and Nayden (7). She works as a Customer Service Representative and is currently enrolled at Broward College in the biomedical engineering program. Believing that education will help her secure a brighter future for her family, Ma’Oumba also believes that being a homeowner will give her the peace of mind she never had.  Described as a community leader, Ma’Oumba has already put in over 100 extra sweat equity hours and has helped each future homeowner with the building of their homes.

A hard-working single mother who always has a smile on her face and a can-do attitude, Ma’Oumba plans to volunteer on all of the homes in the Community.

 

One Woman’s Legacy Helps Family Achieve Dream of Home

Patrice and Antron Jones are happily settled into their Habitat home after moving from rental to rental for years, in search of an affordable place to call home. Patrice and Antron both work full-time for a major grocery store. But even their combined, full-time wages could not secure them a decent home. They have three children: Armani (9), Antron, Jr. (4) and Eva (2). And when Antron’s sister fell very ill, they adopted her daughter Zamariyah (10), making them a family of six. Achieving a home for their family was just a dream until Pauline M. Weinacht’s legacy made it possible.

Pauline Weinacht was born and raised in Indiana and ultimately found her home in the Chicago area. She worked at a bank and was happily married, until her husband’s untimely death at age 42. Pauline needed help with her financial planning, so she turned to her parents’ advisor, Jerry Horwitz. Jerry stepped in to help her manage her assets so that she could live comfortably with financial security. “When it became clear to me that Pauline would not outlive her assets, I asked her what mattered to her most. If she could leave a charitable legacy, what would she like it to be?” explained Jerry. An avid gardener, Pauline said she would like to support gardens that promote earth’s amazing plant life. She also cared about families, shelter, children, and education. She welcomed a plan to make this happen.

In 2017, just three years after she passed away, Pauline Weinacht’s legacy provided life-changing gifts. The charitable fund created from her estate supported botanical gardens in her hometown, and it also sponsored Patrice and Antron Jones’ Habitat house.

Mrs. Weinacht’s legacy got their home out of the ground, enabling Patrice and Antron to get an affordable, zero-interest, 30-year mortgage from Habitat Broward, after putting in their sweat equity and meeting other program requirements. The Jones’ dream of a place to call home was finally realized. “It is so amazing to us that someone who we will never meet made our new life possible,” said Patrice. “Thinking of her fills our hearts with gratitude. We will never forget her.”

Patrice and Antron are also grateful to her advisor, who they were able to meet and thank personally. “It does not get any better than this,” shared Jerry. “I know Pauline would not be more overjoyed than to serve this Habitat family.”

To learn how you can leave a charitable legacy, please contact Barbara Witte, Director of Development and Marketing.

High School Students Help Sponsor Home

Give an overachiever a strong, sustainable mission with direction and support and the end result will be over the top success.  Meet Matthew Liebman, a senior at Cypress Bay High School who formed a campus chapter three years ago. Today it has 400 members. Matthew and the campus chapter members have worked tirelessly fundraising for Habitat for Humanity of Broward, which resulted in a check presentation for $17,000. Additionally, they are donating $2,000 to Habitat’s global work.

“I am so proud of these young adults who have given so much of their time and talents to help families build strength and stability through homeownership,” said Barbara Witte, Development Director for Habitat Broward who guided and cheered on the student team in their fundraising efforts.

Matthew is graduating in June and will be attending Florida State University, where he will get involved in the Tallahassee Habitat affiliate and plans on doing some advocating for affordable workforce housing at our capital.

The robust group of incoming officers at Cypress Bay High School are moving full speed ahead. Newly-elected president, Catalina Garcia, is already planning social media strategies to engage new members, fundraising campaigns, and volunteer opportunities.

Meet the Rachel Sims Family: Future Rick Case Habitat Community Homeowners

Rachel Sims is the single mother of five wonderful kids: Mikheal – 19, RaDaijha – 17, Raphael – 16, Ryan – 13, and Ry’Carri – 12. The hardworking mother currently has three jobs; she’s a lab technician for Holy Cross Hospital, a bus attendant for BCSBT, and a Recreational Aide for BCPR. They are all members of Mount Olive Baptist Church and Redeeming Work Christian Center. One of her many great memories is dropping her eldest daughter Ra’Daijha to college, “We all assisted in the move, which gave the younger ones something to look forward to” says Rachel.

Rachel and four of her children are currently separated due to a broken pipe that burst under the foundation of her home. “I live with a friend, the older boys reside with my father, and the younger boys live with my mother,” explains Rachel, who is currently in the process of finding a new place to rent.

Rachel will be the first in her family to become a homeowner. “As a child, I felt shifted because we moved so often. It feels so good to be able to show my kids it is all possible,” she says. With the money she will be saving from her low-cost mortgage and zero percent interest, Rachel plans on going back to school to become an EMT.

Matrix Imports (MIX) Supports Mission Through ReStore Donations

Juliano Rossetti, CEO of Matrix Imports, Inc., understands the significance of giving back. A Brazilian immigrant who came from humble beginnings, Mr. Rossetti has been donating MIX furnishings to the Broward Habitat ReStore on a quarterly basis for the past three years.

“We’ve built a close relationship with the employees who are extremely helpful,” said Mr. Rossetti. “Strengthening our partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Broward will afford us recognition, and also provide more opportunities to help families and communities that are less fortunate.”

“In a county where housing is unaffordable for most households, MIX’ gifts are especially meaningful.”

Mr. Rossetti designs and imports his own products from China and Europe. His vision is to create “furniture for the future,” while embracing the American tradition of home furnishing.

To see MIX furnishings and more, visit the Broward Habitat ReStore at 505 W. Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, or click here to learn more.