Habitat Broward Ranked Among Top Habitat for Humanity Affiliates

CONTACT:  

Robyn Harper, Habitat for Humanity of Broward, (954) 396-3030, ext. 228, robyn@habitatbroward.org

Trena Brae, Bitner Group, (954) 714-7893, trena@bitnergroup.com

Habitat Broward Ranked Among Top Habitat for Humanity Affiliates

FORT LAUDERDALE (November 6, 2019) – Habitat Broward is ranked in the top three percent of all of Habitat for Humanity’s 1,200 U.S. affiliates for the first time in its history.

This year, Habitat Broward earned its place among the top 40 largest Habitat home producers in the nation. The recognition comes following three years of rapid growth in which it has tripled the number of homes it builds each year.

Additionally, Stacker listed Habitat Broward one of the 50 top-rated charities working with communities across America, based on the nonprofit being awarded four out of four stars by Charity Navigator.

Being a nonprofit is not contrary to being an aggressive growth business, and exercising the same rigorous disciplines needed to scale up,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “In fact, it is a moral and economic necessity for nonprofits if they are to provide the highest return possible on every dollar invested. How else can we expect to serve more families — to increase our impact?”

Habitat Broward makes homeownership affordable through zero-interest mortgages and down payment assistance.

Why homeownership? Affordable homeownership is about economic empowerment,” said Robin. “There’s overwhelming evidence that homeownership acts like an inoculation against generational poverty, poor health, low graduation rates, and a lack of civic engagement.”

Homeownership is also the cornerstone of engaged and vital communities. Homeowners are much more likely to belong to parent-teacher organizations, 28 percent more likely to vote; and these residents live in their community four-times as long as renters.”

The positive impact of affordable housing is something Habitat Broward has had to publicize in communities where it is building.

There’s a lot of misinformation out there suggesting that affordable housing can have negative impacts on a community and lower home prices,” said Marcia Barry-Smith, Habitat Broward’s Director of Advocacy and Community Outreach. “In fact, it strengthens a community when you have people who can afford to live there, who own their homes, and who contribute to the economy as healthy consumers.”

Robin has tasked her team with community education because she is adamant South Florida needs to tackle affordable housing on multiple fronts.

Habitat homes are never given away,” said Robin. “The working families we partner with have to qualify for a mortgage loan. They provide a down payment, put in sweat equity, attend a year of education and truly, truly, work hard toward the dream of home ownership.”

Robin is also quick to point out that the affiliates successful growth comes out of three decades of hard work by Habitat Broward’s board and staff leadership.

To paraphrase Steve Jobs, overnight success takes a long time,” said Robin.

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.

JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and Habitat Broward Partner to Increase Play Opportunities for Pompano Beach Kids

kaboom habitat

CONTACT:
Habitat for Humanity of Broward: Robyn Harper | (954) 396-3030, ext. 228 | robyn@habitatbroward.org
JM Family Enterprises, Inc.: Lauren Fyke | (954)648-5462 | lauren.fyke@jmfamily.com
KaBOOM!: Tamara Grider | 202-464-6196 | tgrider@kaboom.org

Habitat Broward, JM Family, KaBOOM!

Habitat Broward, JM Family, KaBOOM! and volunteers celebrate the completion of the new playground in Pompano Beach

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – On Saturday, October 12, more than 200 volunteers from JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Habitat for Humanity of Broward and the Pompano Beach community joined KaBOOM! to build a kid-inspired playground in Habitat’s historic 77 home community in Pompano. The new playground will serve the urgent need for kids to have a great, safe place to play.

In July, neighborhood children put crayons to paper and drew their dream playground. The playground was designed based on these drawings and the community came together to pick the final design. The new play space includes multiple slides, a swaying bridge and a rock-climbing wall.

The majority of volunteers came from JM Family Enterprises, the playground’s sponsor. They constructed the playground from start to finish in less than six hours. They mixed and poured thousands of pounds of concrete and moved enough safety surfacing to cover more than nine NBA-sized basketball courts. The new playground will serve thousands of kids in Pompano Beach over its lifetime.

“We are so very grateful to JM Family for making this playground possible,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “They continue to amaze us. Thanks to them, our families and the families in the surrounding neighborhood will have a beautiful playground where they can climb, romp, slide, play and grow together.”

Working with Habitat for Humanity and KaBOOM! closely aligns with our goal of improving communities and strengthening families, making our longstanding partnerships with these two groups all the more valuable,” said Brent Burns, President & CEO, JM Family. “The commitment our associates demonstrate with these volunteer projects reflects their desire to make a difference, and the joy this play space will bring so many children is exactly the positive impact we love to see.”

Play is the business of childhood and is essential to the physical, cognitive, creative, social and emotional development of every kid. It’s how children build strong muscles and healthy bodies; it’s how they learn problem-solving, conflict resolution and creativity; it’s how they make friends and build strong bonds with adults. Play is critical to a kid’s ability to thrive.

“I am very supportive of this effort by Habitat Broward, JM Family and KaBOOM!” said Rex Hardin, Pompano Beach Mayor. “Playgrounds are not only essential to the development and well-being of children, but it is vital for our children to have access to a safe and well-planned playground.”

Future homeowner Sabrina Williams is thrilled that her children will have a safe place to play. Williams is a single mother of four and has a special needs child, for whom this accessible playground is especially meaningful. He and his sister, eight-year-old Sha’Mya Williams will live only three houses away from the new KaBOOM playground.

“I can’t wait to run to the slide every day after school,” said Sha’ Mya Williams. The Williams family will be one of four families moving into a JM Family sponsored home in Spring of 2020.

This is the third playground build in Broward County sponsored JM Family in collaboration with KaBOOM! Through this partnership, they are creating PLAYces where kids feel valued and loved, and where their potential is supported, nurtured and celebrated.

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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 JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

JM Family Enterprises, Inc., founded by Jim Moran in 1968, is a $16.3 billion diversified automotive company ranked No. 21 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. JM Family is also ranked No. 17 by FORTUNE® as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For®, its 21st consecutive year on the list. Primary subsidiaries include: Southeast Toyota Distributors, JM&A Group, Southeast Toyota Finance, JM Lexus and Home Franchise Concepts. Headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Fla., JM Family has major U.S. operations in Jacksonville and Margate, Fla.; Commerce and Alpharetta, Ga.; Mobile, Ala.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Irvine, Calif. Interact with JM Family on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. #JMFECommunityDriven

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or improve more than 17,000 playspaces, engage over 1.5 million volunteers and serve nearly 10 million kids. To learn why play matters for all kids, visit kaboom.org and join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom, facebook.com/kaboom and instagram.com/kaboom. #playmatters #PLAYceforKids

Rodney Baltimore’s Hot 105 FM interview with Marcia Barry-Smith

Listen to Rodney Baltimore’s Hot 105 FM interview with Marcia Barry-Smith, Habitat for Humanity of Broward Director of Community Outreach, Policy & Advocacy. Marcia and Rodney discuss Habitat’s latest open enrolment for homeownership and the realities of affordable housing in our community.

Habitat Broward Breaks Ground on Six Homes in Historic Miramar

MIRAMAR, Fla. – Habitat for Humanity of Broward held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, July 25 to commemorate six new homes for deserving families in Historic Miramar.

groundbreaking of Miramar, FL construction site
“We now dedicate the ground upon which six future homeowners will build their homes with Habitat Broward, its generous sponsors, its faithful volunteers and our partner, the City of Miramar. This groundbreaking marks the beginning of a new future for these families in need of affordable homes,” said Nancy Robin, CEO and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward.

Dignitaries at the event included Miramar Vice Mayor Alexandra P. Davis, Commissioner Winston F. Barnes, Commissioner Maxwell B. Chambers and Commissioner Yvette Colbourne.

Miramar is redeveloping the area near U.S 441 and County Line Road to promote commercial growth and to expand affordable housing opportunities for Broward’s workforce. The lots were given to Habitat Broward by the City of Miramar. They are ideally suited for the construction of six new, attached homes.

In addition, the City of Miramar is a home sponsor and build partner.

Site infrastructure, including water, sewer, electrical service and roads, is already in place. It provides tremendous cost savings to Habitat Broward and reduces the timeline for completion of the homes.

Family Home Sponsors include Burdette Beckmann Inc. and the Robert Taylor Family, WSVN Channel 7 and the City of Miramar.

Home Foundation Sponsors are Publix Super Markets Charities and TIAA Bank.

Other sponsors include HG Charitable Foundation, Gore Family Memorial Foundation, Holman Automotive and Sunshine Health/Centene Corporation.

For more information on the groundbreaking, the Miramar build or Habitat Broward, please contact Robyn Harper at Habitat for Humanity of Broward (954) 396-3030 ext. 228.

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

women of Habitat

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.