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.



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.”


Open Enrollment for Habitat Broward’s New Homeowner Application Process

From September 5 to September 19, a pre-qualification questionnaire for the new Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s homeowner application process

will be available online via www.habitatbroward.org.

 An affordable home with interest-free mortgage is one of the benefits that selected applicants will enjoy.

“This is an exciting opportunity for aspiring, first-time homeowners,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO. “We strive to put hard-working families in safe, stable homes and we encourage families to visit our website to learn more.”

Interested families can go to www.habitatbroward.org/homeownership/ to find out how Habitat Broward’s homeownership process works and about the qualifications necessary to become a homeowner.

Qualifying applicants will be invited to attend an Orientation where they will be given directions on how to complete a full application package. 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.

Qualifications include but are not limited to the following:

  • Must be a first-time homebuyer.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Must be a current Broward County resident (for a year or more).
  • Must demonstrate a need for affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Appoints New Board Members

FORT LAUDERDALE (July 23, 2018) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward recently appointed new members to its board.

Gail Daley, Patrick (Rick) McCall, Julie Medley and Miguel Palacios joined a group that  includes Robert Taylor, Jr. (Chair), Kelly Kolb (1st Vice Chair), Steve Palmer (Treasurer, Chair -Finance Committee), Robert Barron (Secretary), Bill Feinberg (Past Chair), John Romandetti (Chair – ReStore Committee), George Barbar, Gary Bitner, Eduardo Caballero (Chair – Construction Committee), Raquel Case, James Davey, Ric Green, Dr. Eloise McCoy-Cain (Chair – Family Support Committee), Burnadette Norris-Weeks, Lily Pardo, Susan Renneisen, and Kris Rich.

“We are very excited to have Gail, Rick, Julie and Miguel on board,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “In this our 35th year, as we embark on our boldest and most transformational build ever, they bring incredible talent to our already strong team.”

As Vice President of Operations at Sunshine Health, a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, Daley has been in the Health Care Managed Care profession for over 25 years with a long history of serving medically underserved communities.

McCall is a Managing Member with R & M Capital, LLC. Prior to that, he was Partner, President and Co-Chief Investment Officer at Financial Trust Management, a boutique investment management firm specializing in active and passive equity and fixed income strategies for high-net-worth individuals and institutions.

As Executive Director for the Urban Land Institute’s Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council, Medley is a passionate advocate for three main areas – resiliency, housing affordability, and mobility.

Palacios is an Executive Vice President at Mercantil Bank where he is responsible for overseeing all domestic personal and commercial banking initiatives to grow relationships, maintain the bank’s excellent credit quality and provide best in class service to customers in the markets where the bank operates – South Florida, Houston and New York City.

Casey Huber Named General Manager at Habitat Broward ReStore

FORT LAUDERDALE (July 16, 2018) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward has named Casey Huber as its new ReStore general manager.

Huber comes to Habitat Broward after spending eight years as the ReStore director at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati where he was involved with the opening of four ReStores that served a nine-county area.

Holding a business administration degree from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Xavier University, Huber also has extensive experience in the home building industry. He was Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Builder Resources for two years and President of Parkstone Homes for five years, both in Cincinnati.

“We are very excited to bring Casey to Broward,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “His experience and passion, both as a former builder and as the force behind the success of multiple Habitat ReStores in Cincinnati, are tremendous assets to our team. He will help us grow and serve more families.”

Huber’s interest in Habitat for Humanity began in the early 2000’s when he decided to become a volunteer. His passion for helping others has grown exponentially ever since.

“I truly believe in Habitat’s mission,” said Huber. “I saw early on how Habitat changed people’s lives and I knew I wanted to be a part of that process.”

Huber’s goal at Habitat Broward ReStore is to one day have the retail outlet positioned to fund the building of homes.

“Funds generated from Habitat ReStores typically cover the overhead of the affiliate,” he said. “I want to get to a point where we can directly fund home construction.”

Huber’s immediate priority is to improve upon the customer service experience. He has already hired a donations manager and there’s a new online donations program in place (which can be accessed through https://www.habitatbroward.org/restore/) to help facilitate the scheduling of pickups.

“We want to expedite and improve upon our donations process,” said Huber. “We want people to be able to help us to help others.”

State Farm Grants $5,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Broward

FORT LAUDERDALE, (July 12, 2018) – State Farm presented Habitat for Humanity of Broward with a 2018 State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship grant for $5,000 to pay for a portion of the construction materials to complete 17 homes in Broward County.

The grant funds are being used to purchase wall insulation and medicine cabinets for Habitat homes in Broward.

Homeownership has proven to increase educational achievement and health and safety. State Farm understands this. “We make it our business to be like a good neighbor, helping to build safer, stronger and better-educated communities across the United States,” says Jose Soto, State Farm Public Affairs Specialist.

Habitat Broward families are already enjoying the effects of this grant. One such family is the Henderson’s. Darryl and Maria Henderson are the proud parents of four children and Daryl Henderson is a U.S. Army veteran.

Prior to becoming Habitat homeowners in June, the family was renting a three-bedroom home on a busy street. Without a fenced in yard, it was difficult to keep their youngest children safe when they wanted to play outside. In addition to safety issues, their landlord refused to make plumbing repairs or address a mold problem.

The Henderson family now lives in a Habitat home of their own with a backyard for the kids to play in.

“My parents didn’t pave the way for me or ever talk to me about homeownership,” said Maria Henderson “Hopefully, my home can be part of my legacy and my children can pass it on to their children.” This speaks to the importance she places on her family becoming Habitat homeowners.

Moreover, to show their full support, State Farm agents, families and friends will be volunteering to help with the construction of Habitat homes, working alongside low-income families as they build their future homes.