300 Women Step Up to Make Dreams Come True

POMPANO BEACH, Fla.  – Habitat for Humanity of Broward hosted its last 2019 Women Build on Saturday, April 27, at “A Rick Case Habitat Community” in Pompano Beach.

The Community will be the first of its kind in Broward County and will have 77 homes and a park. The job site is active with 12 homes nearing completion, 10 of which are Women Build homes.

Over 300 volunteer builders, mostly women painted both the exterior and interiors of the homes and completed roof and framing work on the third and final build day. “To see the work of all of these volunteers is amazing,” said Raquel Case. “We are building alongside many home sponsors and donors who greatly care about the affordable housing crisis.”

Habitat Broward’s Women Build was co-chaired by Nancy Daly, former board member and longtime Habitat advocate, and Raquel Case of Rick Case Automotive Group. The sponsor for the event was Rick Case Automotive Group which provided lunch and a DJ.

“A Rick Case Habitat Community,” is the largest single-family affordable homeownership community undertaken by a nonprofit in Broward County to date,” said Nancy Robin, CEO.

The community will feature homes consisting of 42 one story and 35 two-story units with sizes ranging from 1,200 to 1,300 sq. ft. All homes feature sustainable, energy-efficient materials, as well as impact windows to minimize environmental impact, improve indoor air quality, and reduce utility and maintenance costs. Additional features include a park and children’s playground that will be accessible to residents of the community and the surrounding area. Broward County is among the most cost-burdened housing markets in the nation. Habitat serves those earning 30 percent to 80 percent of the area median income. These are hard-working grocery clerks, healthcare workers, public safety personnel and even teachers whose rental costs consume more than 50 percent of their monthly income.

For more information on the Women Build event, “A Rick Case Habitat Community” or Habitat Broward, please contact Robyn Harper at Habitat for Humanity of Broward (954) 396-3030 ext. 228.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Hosts Over 100 Students During “Collegiate Challenge” Program This Month

College students from around the country travel each year to participate in Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s “Collegiate Challenge” program.

Over 100 students representing six colleges from around the country will be spending their spring break making a difference for others by building homes through Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s “Collegiate Challenge” program. This year’s “Collegiate Challenge” will kick off on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. and last for three weeks.

With assistance from Habitat Broward’s leaders, homeowners, and core volunteers, the students will be roof shingling, wall furring and painting homes for low-income families in need of affordable housing.

Students work on the construction site from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and are provided morning snacks and lunch. On Thursday evenings, students are treated to a Habitat Broward family dinner. The weekly dinner makes Habitat Broward standout among those who host Collegiate Challenge as the future homeowners and their children join the festivities.

“We thank the students for using their spring break to participate in the Collegiate Challenge, which shows their true humanitarian hearts,” said Nancy Robin, CEO and Executive Director of Habitat Broward. “Through our Collegiate Challenge, these students will develop construction skills, build lifelong friendships and make a huge difference in our community.”

Schools scheduled to participate this year include University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia; Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan; Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, Massachusetts; University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois; and Manchester University, North Manchester, Indiana.

Students are making both volunteer and financial contributions to Habitat Broward during their Spring Break, raising over $25,000 to help families in need of safe, healthy housing in “A Rick Case Habitat Community,” in Pompano Beach.

A Rick Case Habitat Community is the largest single-family affordable homeownership community undertaken by a nonprofit in Broward County to date.

The community will feature homes consisting of 42 one story and 35 two-story units with sizes ranging from 1,200 to 1,300 sq. ft. All homes feature sustainable, energy-efficient materials, as well as impact windows to minimize environmental impact, improve indoor air quality, and reduce utility and maintenance costs. Additional features include a park and children’s playground that will be accessible to residents of the community and the surrounding area.

2019 Recipient of 2-1-1 Broward Community Care Non-Profit Awards

Habitat for Humanity of Broward captured three non-profit awards at the 9th Annual Community Care Plan Non-Profit Award ceremony on Friday, February 22, 2019. The event was presented by the Signature Grand in Davie and hosted by 2-1-1 Broward.

Marcia Barry-Smith, Director of Community Outreach and Program Services for Habitat Broward, won the “Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lifetime Achievement” award. Habitat Broward was awarded the “Memorial Healthcare System Non-Profit Organization of the Year” award. Additionally, Barbara Witte, Director of Development & Marketing for Habitat Broward, received the “Sanford Institute of Philanthropy National Leadership Institute Development Executive of the Year” award.

“Receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award is a huge honor and I am grateful to 2-1-1 and its Leaders for this compliment of my work,” said Barry-Smith. “But it would be foolhardy for anyone to think we can rest on our laurels. There is still so much work to be done in all areas of need within our community.”

The Non-Profit Awards honors Broward County’s non-profit organizations and leaders for their dedication and impact on the community.

“We are very thankful to 2-1-1 Broward and its many partners and friends. They have helped us shine a much-needed spotlight on the affordable housing crisis in Broward County,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward’s Executive Director and CEO. “Habitat for Humanity of Broward is honored, and we pledge to continue our work with even greater vigor – to make home possible for hard-working families.”

Last year, Robert Taylor Jr., Habitat Broward’s Board Chair, won the “Non-Profit Board Leader of the Year” award. Nancy Daly, Habitat Broward Women Build co-chair, won the same award in 2016.

“It was such an honor to be recognized by 2-1-1 Broward. I feel very privileged to work with so many kind, caring people who want to make a difference in the lives of our residents,” said Witte. “Broward is an amazing community of philanthropists and there is no way to thank them enough for what they do.”

Recently, Barry-Smith and Witte represented Habitat Broward at Habitat on the Hill in D.C. along with Habitat homeowner Jhonson St. Remy. This platform afforded them the opportunity to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to stress the need for affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity advocates for full-funding of the Self-Help Opportunity Program (SHOP) and the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) which provide for land acquisition, home building, repair, down payment assistance and more, specifically for low-income households.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward is dedicated to serving our community and providing the dream of homeownership to families all over Broward County. We are so proud to continue providing help and support to hard-working families, so they can have a place to call home.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lifetime Achievement Award: Marcia Barry-Smith, Director of Community Outreach and Program Services

Sanford Institute of Philanthropy National Leadership Institute Development Executive of the Year Award: Barbara Witte, Director of Development & Marketing

Memorial Healthcare System Nonprofit Organization of the Year Award: Habitat for Humanity of Broward

“Habitat Love” is Theme for This Week’s Habitat Broward Women Build at A Rick Case Habitat Community

WHAT: “Habitat Love” is the theme for this week’s Habitat Broward Women Build at A Rick Case Habitat Community.

One hundred volunteers are expected to participate in “Habitat Love,” the Valentine’s Day themed celebration that will take place Saturday, February 9, 2019. Volunteers, alongside future homeowners, will be working on roofs of the first homes in “A Rick Case Habitat Community”.

There will be ten Women Build homes, sponsored by generous donors. This is the second of three Women Build Days.

Participants will receive the coveted Women Build hot pink tee-shirt. In addition, coffee and donuts will be served in the morning and lunch at noon.

Featured guests include:

  • Kelly and Keith Koenig, City Furniture
  • Robert Taylor, Board Chair, Habitat Broward and President, Burdette Beckmann, Inc.  
  • Miguel Palacios, Executive VP AND Chief Business Officer and Mary Ann Cruz, VP, Amerant Bank
  • Dawn McCormick, Community Affairs, Waste Management

Notable individuals and organizations who are Family Home Sponsors are Burdette Beckmann, Inc., Rick Case Automotive Group, City Furniture, the Robert L. Elmore estate, the Robert Taylor Family, the Wadsworth Family Foundation and WSVN Channel 7.

Additional sponsors are Bank of America, the Josephine S. Leiser Foundation, Elizabeth Swanson, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, TIAA Bank, and Wells Fargo.

The Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward has sponsored the foundations of the first 50 homes in this community, including the Women Build 2019 homes.

“A Rick Case Habitat Community” is the largest single-family affordable homeownership community undertaken by a nonprofit in Broward County to date.

The event is not open to the public and all 100 volunteer spots have been filled for this event. Interested parties can contact Gina Caballero at gina@habitatbroward.org  to participate in the “Mother and Daughter Day” Women Build on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 2019 | 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE: 1400 NW 6th Avenue, Pompano Beach, Florida 33060

MEDIA: Please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019 to trena@bitnergroup.com.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s “Habitat Love” Women Build at A Rick Case Habitat Community

 

Habitat for Humanity of Broward recently celebrated its “Habitat Love” themed Women Build at A Rick Case Habitat Community in Pompano Beach.

About 100 volunteers participated in “Habitat Love,” the Valentine’s Day themed Women Build celebration. This is the second of three Women Build Days where volunteers, alongside future homeowners, worked on roofs of the first 10 homes in this new community.

“It is so heartwarming to see our future Habitat homeowners working alongside Habitat volunteers to make the dream of ‘home’ come true,” said Nancy Daly, who co-chairs Habitat Broward’s Women Build this year with Raquel Case. “You can really feel the ‘Habitat love’ on this special day.”

Individuals and organizations who are Family Home Sponsors for Women Build’s 10 homes this year are Burdette Beckmann, Inc, Rick Case Automotive Group, the Robert L. Elmore estate, the Robert Taylor Family, the Wadsworth Family Foundation, WSVN Channel 7 and City Furniture.

“Habitat helps people get the homes they need, deserve, and work hard to earn,” said Keith Koenig, CEO of City Furniture. City Furniture has been donating beds to new homeowners and furniture to Habitat Broward ReStore for over a decade. His wife Kelly serves on this year’s Women Build committee and the company provided the lunch party for the day.

Additional Women Build sponsors are Bank of America, the Josephine S. Leiser Foundation, Elizabeth Swanson, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, TIAA Bank, and Wells Fargo Foundation.

The Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward has sponsored the foundations of the first 50 homes in this community, including the Women Build homes.

“Eighty percent of our community cannot afford the average priced home in Broward County,” said Nancy Robin, CEO and executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward. “Our families have worked hard for the opportunity to get a home with a zero percent mortgage. We are so proud of them, on this day and always.”

“A Rick Case Habitat Community’ is the largest single-family affordable homeownership community undertaken by a nonprofit in Broward County to date.” She added.

The community will feature homes consisting of 42 one story and 35 two-story units with sizes ranging from 1,200 to 1,300 sq. ft. All homes feature sustainable, energy-efficient materials, as well as impact windows to minimize environmental impact, improve indoor air quality, and reduce utility and maintenance costs. Additional features include a park and children’s playground that will be accessible to residents of the community and the surrounding area.

“Homeownership means not having to move every time the lease is up, forcing my kids to switch schools,” said Krystal Brown, future Habitat homeowner. As the first in her family to become a homeowner, she can save money for her family’s future thanks to her affordable mortgage.

The next Women Build will be on Saturday, April 27, 2019 with a “Mother and Daughter Day” theme.

To view photos from the event, click here.

Marketing Strategist behind Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday to Speak at Habitat Broward’s Home Dedication and MLK Celebration

Don Mizell, who helped Stevie Wonder develop the successful marketing strategy that led to the creation of the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday, will help welcome five new families into their affordable homes at Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 2 p.m.

On this day which celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement, five Habitat Broward homes will be dedicated in the Roosevelt Gardens section of Fort Lauderdale (1390 NW 27 Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311).

In addition to his strategic advisor role in helping establish the national holiday, Mizell, who hails from Broward County, was the author of Stevie Wonder’s 1981 speech which officially launched the campaign the day in Washington, D.C. leading to its creation as the first national holiday honoring an African American in American history.

Mizell captured the first NAACP Image Award for Broadcasting in 1981, for his efforts with the campaign. More recently, upon his return from several decades in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, Mizell spearheaded the successful effort to change the name of John U Lloyd State Park to Dr. Von D. Mizell- Eula Johnson State Park, the first State Park named for African Americans in Florida history.

Mizell is a native of Ft. Lauderdale where he attended Ruby Watson Kindergarten, Walker Elementary, Dillard Elementary, Wingate Junior High and Nova High, where he was elected President of the Student Body in 1966.

He was notably active in the music and entertainment industry for four decades. Among the artists he’s worked with include Wonder, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, DeBarge, Morris Day, Grover Washington and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

In 2005, Mizell received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year as a producer of Charles’ “Genius Loves Company,” which also garnered an all-time eight awards, sold over six million copies and was the biggest record of Charles’ storied career. He’s been involved with many artists’ albums which have sold over 15 million units worldwide over the last 30 years.

A graduate of Swarthmore College and the Harvard Law School, Mizell co-founded the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA), now in its 30th year with well over 500 members worldwide, and in 2001 he was awarded its coveted Founders Award.

“We are pleased to announce Don Mizell as our guest speaker on such a special occasion,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward’s CEO & Executive Director. “He paved the way for us to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and we greatly appreciate his contribution.”

 Habitat Broward’s celebration will also feature a special performance by the Dillard High School Drumline.

Family home sponsors include Burdette Beckmann, Inc. and the Robert Taylor Family; Publix Super Markets Charities; and the Rogers Family Foundation.

Other event sponsors are the 4Girls Foundation; Gore Family Memorial Foundation; HG Charitable Foundation; Holman Automotive Group; Homeownership For All; Kiwanis Club of Fort Lauderdale Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward; and the Catherine L. and Edward A. Lozick Foundation.

‘Black Friday’ Sale Starts Early at Habitat Broward ReStore

WHAT: Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s ReStore is holding a weeklong “Black Friday” sale which will feature 25 percent off on all merchandise.

Habitat Broward ReStore is a non-profit, discount, retail outlet that sells reusable and surplus building materials, gently used furniture, appliances and more to the public at a fraction of their original price to support Habitat’s mission to build homes, communities and hope for low-income families in need of affordable housing.

WHEN: Monday, November 19 through Friday, November 24  |  9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Habitat Broward ReStore 505 West Broward Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

 

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Presents 2018 Spirit of Humanity Awards

Habitat for Humanity of Broward held its Spirit of Humanity Awards Reception recently in the Mary N. Porter Riverview Ballroom at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. 

During the event, the nonprofit also celebrated 35 years of building hope in Broward County. Broward County continues to place last in affordable housing and homeownership, and the gap is widening as wages fail to keep pace with rising home costs. This event builds awareness of the continuing need, and also shows people that everyone working together can make a difference.

 Two hundred people attended the reception which honored five remarkable partners of Habitat Broward. Award recipients included Bank of America (Community Reinvestment Spirit of Humanity Award), Community Foundation of Broward (Workforce Housing Spirit of Humanity Award), Wadsworth Family Foundation (Spirit of Humanity Award), Marine Industries Association of South Florida (Soul of Humanity Award) and Nancy Daly (Heart of Humanity Award).

“Habitat is beyond thankful for these amazing partners,” offered Nancy Robin, CEO. “They have brought us to this historic moment in time. We have made the dream of a home come true for 430 families to date, thanks to the dedication of our honorees tonight.”

Bank of America has invested nearly $80 million with Habitat for Humanity’s global work, and more than $500,000 in Broward. Their associates have volunteered 1,000 hours to build homes in our community. They were awarded the Community Reinvestment Spirit of Humanity Award for their investment of time and financial support.

The Community Foundation of Broward helped Habitat Broward pour the foundation of its first home in 1987. Thirty years later, the Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward awarded $1 million to Habitat Broward to provide the infrastructure and pour foundations for the largest build in this affiliate’s history: A Rick Case Habitat Community in Pompano Beach, which will feature 77 homes and a community park. The Workforce Housing Spirit of Humanity Award was given to the Community Foundation of Broward in honor of its commitment to Broward, and to this historic project which will serve so many working families.

The Wadsworth Family Foundation was awarded the Spirit of Humanity Award for its philanthropy as a family. Sponsors of an earlier family’s home in Pompano Beach, Bill and Sandra Wadsworth stepped forward as the first home sponsors in A Rick Case Habitat Community. They sponsored one home in each of their four children’s names as Christmas presents to them last year. They also made a substantial gift to name a street.

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) was awarded the Soul of Humanity Award for its sponsorship of multiple Habitat families’ homes, such as disabled U.S. Army veteran Darryl Henderson and his family, working alongside the Hendersons on their forever home.

Nancy Daly was presented with the Heart of Humanity award. She will always be revered for taking out a second mortgage on her house in order to purchase the property where the Habitat ReStore sits today. Nancy turned the Broward Habitat ReStore into one of the most profitable Habitat ReStores in the nation. She was pivotal in getting A Rick Case Habitat Community underway. She launched and continues to lead our Women Build program and has worked on Habitat builds across the globe.

Event sponsors included JM Family Enterprises and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood (Gold); Bank of America, Burdette Beckmann, Inc. and the Robert Taylor Family, Hudson Family Foundation, Rick Case Automotive Group and Sunshine Health (Silver); as well as BBX Capital, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and City Furniture (Bronze). WSVN was an in-kind media sponsor and Diana Diaz was Master of Ceremonies for the event.

VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT

 

Habitat Broward Celebrates World Habitat Day as First 11 Families Stake Their Claim to Lots in New Rick Case Habitat Community

 

FORT LAUDERDALE (October 1, 2018) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward celebrates World Habitat Day as 11 Families Stake Their Claim to lots in A Rick Case Habitat Community.

On this special occasion, 11 families in Habitat’s Homeownership program have staked their claim to the first lots in Habitat Broward’s newest community, A Rick Case Habitat Community. Seventy-seven homes will ultimately be built in A Rick Case Habitat Community, making it the largest development in Habitat Broward’s history. It will also feature a community park.

To celebrate the assignment of homes, homeowners were invited to place stakes on their newly formed house pads, in celebration of World Habitat Day 2018.

Present to witness this accomplishment were Nancy Robin (CEO), Marcia Barry-Smith (Director of Community Outreach and Program Services), Robert Taylor, Jr. (Board Chair) and other Board members.

“I watched a future homeowner reach down and fill her hands with a fistful of earth from what will become her family’s homestead, and I was touched to my core. This is so much more than building a house. It is the reason we do what we do,” offered Marcia Barry-Smith, Habitat Broward Director of Community Outreach and Program Services.

More than 30 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly took an important step to promote the idea that everyone deserves a decent place to live by declaring that the first Monday in October would be World Habitat Day.

On World Habitat Day, Habitat for Humanity joins the United Nations and organizations around the world to raise awareness, educate, and mobilize individuals and communities to take action on the global housing crisis. Over 150 governments have agreed to the New Urban Agenda, a global framework highlighting the need for urban policies to emphasize housing, secure tenure to prevent arbitrary rent increases and eviction; and encourage community-led development.

Habitat Broward echoes the values of Habitat for Humanity International and affirms that every one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future.

“Seeing our homeowners atop the pads that will become the foundations for their new homes reminds us all of our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “Here in South Florida, we are working hard with our partners to make that happen.”

Visit https://www.habitat.org/volunteer/build-events/world-habitat-day to get more information and resources on joining Habitat’s recognition of World Habitat Day.

 

RIVA Residences Makes Donation to Habitat Broward

On Wednesday, RIVA Residences donated more than one hundred premier building materials to Habitat for Humanity of Broward. Doors and door frames, hi-hat lighting, flooring, insulation and bathroom materials were loaded at the RIVA Residences in Fort Lauderdale onto the Habitat ReStore truck.

“When it became evident that there were significant building materials that RIVA might have available, Habitat for Humanity of Broward naturally came to mind,” said Peter Zupcofska, of Douglas Elliman Realtors, the onsite realtor for Riva Residences. “RIVA immediately got on board and we hope that this inspires other builders and developers to follow our lead by supporting affordable housing through Habitat.”

Residents in the RIVA condominiums got excited about donating after Chloe Wolfson, RIVA Residence’s Manager, described the opportunity to make donations to Habitat Broward’s ReStore.

 RIVA and Douglas Elliman plan to have an ongoing and expanded partnership with Habitat Broward, to include volunteering on builds and in the office, and making additional donations to the ReStore.

 “We are so very grateful RIVA chose Habitat Broward and we thank them for their generous donation,” said Nancy Robin, CEO and executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward. “It is wonderful to have partners like RIVA and Douglas Elliman who care about our hard-working families. Their support will help us move more low-income residents into decent, affordable homes.”