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.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Dedicates Seven Homes in Broward Municipal Services District

Broward County, FL. (June 15, 2018)Habitat for Humanity of Broward recently dedicated seven new homes in Broward County’s Municipal Services District on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Chair Robert Taylor, Jr. and Marcia Barry-Smith

Dignitaries at the event included Broward County Mayor Beam Furr, who spoke about the urgent need for affordable housing and who congratulated the families. Habitat Broward CEO Nancy Robin thanked sponsors, including Family Home Sponsors Publix Super Markets Charities, which sponsored two homes, Burdette Beckman, Inc., the Pauline M. Weinacht Philanthropic Fund, The Restaurant People and Marine Industries Association of South Florida. “We are beyond thankful for all our sponsors who made this day possible,” shared Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO.

“Our homeowners worked very, very hard to get to these homes,” said Robert Taylor, Board Chair for Habitat Broward. “They give 300 hours of sweat equity. They take classes on home ownership and finances, and then finally they’re presented with a home for which they’ve earned a zero interest mortgage.”

 

 

Jordan Family

An estimated 100 people attended the dedication which included a performance by the Dillard High School Drum Line.

Additional sponsors who contributed to this build were TIAA Bank, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, HG Charitable Foundation, Homeownership for All and TD Bank.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward & JM Family Enterprises Dedicate Five Homes in Pompano Beach

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (July 2, 2018) – Habitat for Humanity of Broward recently dedicated five new homes in Pompano Beach, four of which were sponsored by JM Family Enterprises.

Dignitaries at the event included Brent Burns, Kim Bentley, and James Davey of JM Family Enterprises; County District 4 Commissioner Chip LaMarca; and Congressman Ted Deutch, who thanked the participants and sponsors for their commitment to making Broward County better.

Congressman Ted Deutch addresses the crowd at Habitat Broward’s dedication of five homes in Pompano Beach.

“These are the 32nd, 33rd, 34th and 35th houses that we’ve done in the last 16 years,” said Burns, President & CEO, JM Family Enterprises. “Habitat is a great organization and what a fantastic way to give back to the community that we live and work in.”

JM Family Enterprises has reached its milestone of 35 homes in the same year as Habitat Broward’s 35th anniversary.

“Every one of our homeowners has worked very, very hard to get to these homes,” said Robert Taylor, Board Chair for Habitat Broward. “These homes aren’t given away. They earn them. They give 300 hours of work. They take classes on home ownership and finances and then finally they’re presented with a home that they’ve earned their way into with a zero interest mortgage.”

In addition to sponsoring the homes, JM Family Enterprises associates donated thousands of hours to construct the homes.

Sponsors for the fifth home included the Rosemary Duffy Larson Trust and TIAA Bank.

Habitat Broward’s Marcia Barry-Smith Elected Chair of the Broward Housing Council

FORT LAUDERDALE (June 11, 2018) – Marcia Barry-Smith, Director of Community Outreach and Program Services for Habitat for Humanity of Broward, has been elected Chair of the Broward Housing Council.

 

“To be elected by the Council for this role is an honor. There are complex issues that must be addressed and my esteemed Council members and I will be looking closely at the many facets of the affordable housing crisis in Broward County,” said Barry-Smith.

 

Barry-Smith has worked in the area of affordable housing in banking and non-profit boards and management since 1994. 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.

 

“The need for safe, sustainable housing in Broward County for those of limited means is at an all-time, dangerously critical high,” said Barry-Smith. “Safe, comfortable and affordable living conditions are essential for families and children to simply exist from day to day, much less thrive. The connection between living conditions and good health outcomes is indisputable. As an unequivocal advocate for the underserved, I consider it an honor to serve on this council.”

 

Last March, Barry-Smith received a Woman of Distinction award from the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) in recognition for her leadership in the community. In October of 2017, Barry-Smith also received an Economic Opportunity Award from the Broward County Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA). Additionally, she serves on numerous boards including the Lauderhill Local Affordable Housing Committee.

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 from Tuesday, March 6, 2018 to Friday, March 9, 2018 and Tuesday, March 13 to Friday, March 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.

Click here to check out the WSVN feature on the Collegiate Challenge program!

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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