Habitat Broward’s Marcia Barry-Smith Honored At Women of Distinction Award Breakfast

FORT LAUDERDALE (March 6, 2018) – Marcia Barry-Smith, Director of Community Outreach and Program Services for Habitat for Humanity of Broward, was recently honored by the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) at its 5th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Breakfast.

Marcia Barry-Smith (center) celebrates Women of Distinction Award

Barry-Smith was recognized for her leadership in the community and awarded in front of family, friends, and colleagues and one of ten women honored as Broward County’s most influential women.

Highly regarded as an expert in community development around the nation, Barry-Smith’s nationally acclaimed program Homeless to Homeowner has placed hundreds of formerly homeless families into homeownership, empowering them to reach for independence and financial fitness. In October of 2017, Barry-Smith received an Economic Opportunity Award from the Broward County Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA). She also serves on numerous boards including the Broward County Housing Council and the Lauderhill Local Affordable Housing Committee.

The Women of Distinction Breakfast is the hallmark event produced by LRCC to honor dynamic women in Broward County. Having sold out three years in a row, the breakfast is attended by influential entrepreneurs, professionals and public officials. Other honorees this year included Jackie Nespral of NBC Channel 6, Juliet Murphy Roulhac of Florida Power & Light, Scarlette Adrienne Clarke of Yellow Cab Broward, Melida Akiti of Memorial Healthcare System, Major Nicole Anderson of Broward Sheriff’s Office, Bertha Watson Henry of Broward County, Dr. Winnifred McPherson of Virtue Medical Staffing Services, Djénane St. Fleur Gourgue of Haitian American Chamber of Commerce and Dr. Victoria Thurston a retired Elementary School Principal.

Prior, Women of Distinction alumni include power players like: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief, Broward County Judge Ilona Holmes, and Urban League of Broward County CEO Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward to Host Over 100 Students During Collegiate Challenge Program in March

FORT LAUDERDALE (March 1, 2018) – Students representing six colleges from all over the country will be using their spring break to make a difference in others’ lives by building homes through Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s Collegiate Challenge program.

Students, with assistance from Habitat Broward’s Leader and Core volunteers, will be working on seven new home builds in Fort Lauderdale and six new home builds in Pompano Beach during their visits March 6-9, 2018 and March 13-16, 2018. Habitat Broward provides accommodations right on Fort Lauderdale beach – at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. During their days on the construction site from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., students will be provided morning snacks and lunch thanks to our generous sponsors such as the Harry T. Mangurian, Jr. Foundation, JM Family Enterprises, BBi, The Cheesecake Factory and First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale.

Collegiate Challenge offers an education all on its own. Young adults learn construction and build lifelong friendships. At the same time, families realize the dream of homeownership. That makes for a truly memorable spring break,” said Nancy Robin, CEO and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward.

Schools participating in the Collegiate Challenge include Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.), University of Findlay (Findlay, Ohio), North Carolina State University, University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse,  Theta Tau Omega from Bloomsburg (Pennsylvania) University, and Truman State University (Missouri).

Through Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge program, more than 250,000 students have volunteered during their spring break to help improve communities by building safe and affordable homes across the United States.

Check out the WSVN feature on the Collegiate Challenge program: https://wsvn.com/news/local/students-partner-with-habitat-for-humanity-to-build-south-florida-homes/

First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale Co-Hosting 6th Annual Bike to Build Event  

(Courtesy of First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale) 

Fort Lauderdale, FL (January 30, 2018) Pedals up! Join First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale and Habitat for Humanity of Broward on Saturday, February 17, 2018, for the sixth annual Habitat for Humanity Bike to Build event. Participants will race to the finish to help a deserving family achieve their dream of homeownership.

“We are grateful to First Presbyterian Church volunteers for helping us build homes for the past 25 years,” said Kathy Craven, member of the Habitat for Humanity Steering Committee. “This is our sixth year strong and we are thrilled that this long-standing biking event has become a tradition in the spirit of supporting Habitat for Humanity’s mission.”

The bike ride kicks off at 7 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale (401 SE 15th Ave. Fort Lauderdale) and will head east along Las Olas Boulevard. The 25-mile ride continues north on scenic A1A, turning around at the Hillsboro Inlet. The 50-mile ride continues north, turning around at Linton Boulevard in Delray Beach. Bikers on both routes will then ride back along A1A South to Las Olas Boulevard and complete their ride at the church. Post-ride, there will be a delicious brunch for all participants at the church from 8:30 a.m.  to 11:30 a.m.

“We offer two different ride lengths so people can choose the intensity of their experience,” said Craven. “Our beautiful Florida environment will make this ride all-the-more enjoyable and fun.”

The church aims to raise $70,000 to begin construction on a brand-new home for one deserving Broward County family. Once the funds are raised, Habitat for Humanity of Broward will conduct a family selection process, based on a range of criteria, to determine which family will receive the new home.

A minimum donation of $100 per person or $500 per team is required to participate in the 6th Annual Bike to Build event. To register for the event visit www.active.com and complete the online registration form.

The 6th Annual Habitat for Humanity Bike to Build event is sponsored by Straticon, Burdette Beckmann Inc., Downtown Bicycles, Cabrera Jewelry and Craven Consulting.

 

For more information or to become a sponsor, contact Kathy Craven at wrcrv@aol.com or (954) 593-0423.

 

About First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale

Founded in 1912, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale is located on the banks of the New River in the historic Colee Hammock neighborhood in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. With more than 1,800 members, and a strong core of volunteers, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale prides itself in offering something for everyone, regardless of age. Since 1947, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale has operated Happyland Day School, a pre-school for ages two to Kindergarten that provides a quality Christian environment for the children of the community. Adult, youth and children choirs as well as youth groups offer ample opportunity for fellowship at any age. An Adult Activity Center is open to senior citizens and features weekly lunches, entertainment and monthly bus trips. First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale offers three regular Sunday services as well as special worship services held throughout the year to commemorate significant days. For more information, please visit the website at www.firstpres.cc.

 

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Habitat Broward Receives $1 Million Grant on ‘Giving Tuesday’ from Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward

Habitat Broward’s Nancy Robin (third from left) and Habitat Broward Board Chair Robert Taylor accept a $1 million grant check from (left to right) Alice Jackson, Cynthia Borders-Byrd, Stacy Ostrau and Linda Carter, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward.

 

Habitat for Humanity of Broward is excited to announce that it was awarded a $1 million grant by the Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward on “Giving Tuesday” (November 28).

 The grant will assist the agency as it builds the largest community in its 34 year history – A Rick Case Habitat Community – which will cover nine acres in Pompano Beach and feature 77 homes as well as a community park/playground.

 Miss Mary N. Porter’s memory will be honored with a street sign in her name and a bronze statue of her as a child in the Mary N. Porter Reading Garden situated in the park. The park will serve not only the 77 families, but also the greater community in the Blanche Ely neighborhood.

Prior to her death in 2009 at age 98, Porter lived much of her adult life in Broward County. Her father was a doctor from Pottstown, Pennsylvania who she said instilled in her a strong sense of responsibility for others.

“This tremendous award we were honored with yesterday gave new meaning to ‘Giving Tuesday,’” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward’s CEO & Executive Director. “We are beyond grateful and excited to partner with the Community Foundation of Broward and to honor Miss Mary N. Porter’s philanthropic legacy in such a powerful way.”

 “Habitat for Humanity has great vision, strong leadership and a track record of making a difference in our community,” said Linda Carter, President/CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward. “We truly believe in this project and its power to transform lives to create a better Broward, which was Mary’s vision.”

 The $1 million award will help Habitat Broward with both infrastructure and foundations for Habitat homes. The award means that 77 hard-working, low-income families will be able to have safe, decent, affordable homes in a community adjacent to schools, businesses and transportation corridors.

 According to the NYU Furman Center/Capital One report, South Florida is the least affordable rental market among the 11 largest metropolitan areas studied. Most recently, a June 2017 report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University found that nearly two of three renters in South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties) spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing. In addition, more than one-third of renters in South Florida (304,200 households) are severely cost-burdened, meaning they spend more than half of their income on housing. This leaves little money for healthy eating, medical attention, clothing and transportation. Habitat Broward makes affordable homeownership possible for families struggling to keep a roof overhead.

The award to Habitat Broward by the Community Foundation of Broward is a giant leap forward in our mission to build homes, communities and hope.

 

About Habitat for Humanity of Broward

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” to low to very low-income families who are unable to qualify for conventional financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives. Key initiatives include empowering partner families through education, resources and support to successfully achieve their personal, academic and professional goals; teaching the youth of future homeowner families the skills and attitudes needed to make better life choices and break the intergenerational cycle of poverty; increasing awareness and educating the community regarding issues related to the affordable housing crisis and what they can do to help; pursuing green building certification for Habitat Broward homes in order to make our design more sustainable and eco-friendly; as well as revitalizing and strengthening the community by building affordable homes throughout Broward County. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call (954) 396-3030 or visit our website at www.habitatbroward.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HabitatBroward.

 

About Community Foundation of Broward

Founded in 1984, Community Foundation of Broward helps families, individuals, and corporations create personalized charitable Funds that deliver game-changing philanthropic impact. We provide leadership on community solutions, and foster philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. Our 450 charitable Funds represent $180 million in assets and have distributed $96 million to help Broward BE GREATER. For more information about the Community Foundation of Broward, visit www.cfbroward.org or call 954-761-9503.

 

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Habitat for Humanity Featured on WSVN – JM Family Enterprises

Source: WSVN Channel 7News | Published: November 2017

 

 

JM Family to Build Four Homes in Collier City in Partnership with Habitat for Humanity

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, in Pompano Beach, Florida,  JM Family Enterprises kicked off its first Habitat for Humanity build of the 2017-2018 season!  JM Family has collaborated with Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization which provides safe and affordable shelter to families in need, for more than a decade. This year’s partnership will provide four homes to deserving families Broward.

JM Family is focused on making a lasting impact in the South Florida community. By partnering with Habitat for Humanity, JM Family associates extend a helping hand to families in need by providing them with safety, shelter and a place to call home. Since partnering with Habitat for Humanity in 2002, JM Family has helped construct 31 houses with more than 1,000 associates investing over 24,000 hours into projects throughout Broward County. Previous homes built by JM Family associates have earned LEED Gold certification – an important measure towards minimizing environmental impact. 

Six additional weekend builds will follow through spring 2018 to complete construction, roof installation, painting and landscaping. Keys to these new homes will be turned over to their excited owners during a dedication ceremony in May.

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Habitat for Humanity of Broward Homeownership Open Enrollment

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Homeownership Open Enrollment

Begins November 1 Ends November 17

 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.  (October 31, 2017) – From November 1 to November 17, families interested in Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s homeownership program will have the opportunity to complete a pre-application questionnaire online.

Affordable homes with interest-free mortgages will be built in the Pompano Beach area for qualifying applicants.

“This is an exciting opportunity for hard-working families to become first-time homeowners,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO. “We encourage families to visit our site (www.habitatbroward.org) to learn more.”

Interested families should check the organization’s website to find out how Habitat Broward’s homeownership process works and to learn about the qualifications necessary to become a homeowner.

Applicants who meet the initial eligibility criteria will be invited to attend a Homeowner Orientation where they will be given a full application to complete. Members of the volunteer Homeowner Support Committee will then review the applications and supporting documentation to determine who is eligible to move to the next step, which includes a face-to-face interview and home visit.

Selected homeowners are required to take financial and money management courses, complete 300 sweat equity hours and make a modest down-payment.

For more information about the family selection process or the open enrollment period, please contact Habitat Broward at (954) 396-3030 and follow the prompts.

            

 

Habitat Broward’s Marcia Barry-Smith Receives Inclusive Economic Opportunity Award from United Nations Association of Broward County

Habitat Broward’s Marcia Barry-Smith Receives Inclusive Economic Opportunity Award from United Nations Association of Broward County

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (October 26, 2017) – Marcia Barry-Smith, Director of Community Outreach and Program Services at Habitat for Humanity of Broward, has received the Inclusive Economic Opportunity Award from the Broward County Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA).

Barry-Smith recently received the award at the 72nd United Nations Day Scholarship and Awards Luncheon at the Signature Grand.

The Broward County Chapter of UNA-USA is a membership organization dedicated to educate, inspire and mobilize Americans to support the principals and vital works of the United Nations. Through its chapters and programs, the organization raises funds, recruits, engages and retains members around the country.

“On behalf of our board, staff, families and volunteers, we extend our warmest congratulations to Marcia on her award,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward’s Executive Director and CEO. “It is so well deserved.”

Barry-Smith’s career includes over 25 years of banking experience, serving most recently as the Senior Vice President of BankAtlantic.

Additionally, she is highly regarded as an expert in community development around the nation. Her nationally acclaimed program Homeless to Homeowner has placed hundreds of former homeless families into homeownership, empowering them to reach for independence and financial fitness.

Barry-Smith serves on numerous boards including the Broward County Housing Council and the Lauderhill Local Affordable Housing Committee.

 A Lauderhill resident, she received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Toronto. 

  

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