Home Dedications: Lee Family

Homeowners of Pompano Beach

October 21, 2017


Before Vonetta Lee joined the Habitat program, she and her beautiful daughter were living with her parents. As part of Habitat Broward, she played an active role in helping others’ dreams come true by assisting in building homes. Her generosity and willingness to help in her community would eventually lead to her receiving a decent and affordable place to call home.

Due to the help of our generous sponsor, Vonetta and her daughter, along with six other families, received a house of their own. “For the first time in my life, I am now able to own a real piece of the American dream, in a country that l love and hold very dear to my heart,” says Vonetta.

Home Sponsored by American Express Foundation &  Homeownership for All

Home Dedications: Lopez Family

Homeowners of Pompano Beach

October 21, 2017


Prior to coming to Habitat, Gloria Lopez and her two children, Tyler, 19, and Tayler, 16, were living with her parents. She works in transportation for Broward County Public schools and enjoys going to the movies and bowling with her children.

As a single parent of two, Gloria began to lose hope that she’d ever be a future homeowner. When she applied to the Habitat Broward program for the first time, she stood in line from 8 p.m. to midnight waiting to do her interview. That is why when she received the call from Nancy Daly that her family was selected, she felt an overwhelming sense of joy.

Sunbeam/WSVN Channel 7 is happy to play a part in making Gloria’s dream of having a home come true. She can now offer her family a stable environment in which to grow up and can begin saving money, thanks to Habitat’s zero percent interest mortgage (her words, not ours).

Home Sponsored by Sunbeam Television/WSVN-Channel 7.

Home Dedication: Dorothy Smith Family

Homeowners in Pompano Beach

October 21, 2017


Dorothy (Dede) Smith is the proud mother of two: a boy, 17, and a girl, 5. She is the general merchandiser at Winn-Dixie and has worked for the company for more than 10 years. Together, the Smiths enjoy family time and are members of New Bethel Christian Baptist Church.

Before coming to Habitat, Dorothy had to work overtime to ensure that her bills were paid and to cover daycare for her daughter. On October 21, 2017, her dreams of being a future homeowner came true when the Smiths and six other families received keys to their new homes. Having a Habitat home meant having something she could pass on to her children — something to call her own.


Home Sponsored by Wadsworth Family Foundation

Home Dedication: The LaVenture Family

Homeowners in Pompano Beach

October 21, 2017


Daniela LaVenture is the proud mother of two beautiful children: 14-year-old daughter Carla and 11-year-old son Lanrewaju. After having worked as a nursing assistant for more than 10 years, Daniela decided to go back to school to receive her LPN certification and will be taking her exam soon. Lanrewaju loves playing football, while Carla likes going to the beach. A close family, they enjoy taking trips to Disney World and New York. Daniela has struggled to pay rent with little to no support from friends and family.

Daniela never thought she would be able to afford her own home. The gift of a Habitat home from Ultimate Software on October 21, 2017 gave her the strength and independence she needed to create a better life for herself and her family.

Home Sponsored by Ultimate Software. 

Home Dedication: Meet Shakeda and Family

Homeowners in Pompano Beach

October 21, 2017

Shakeda Williams is the proud mother of two precious kids, Henry and Ayden. Henry is a very playful little boy and is currently learning how to swim, while Ayden enjoys going to the playground and swinging on the swings.

Possessing a resilient spirit, Shakeda applied to Habitat in 2010, but soon realized that she was not ready to take that step. She and her family were living next to a busy street, and the small apartment afforded little to no room for personal family time, so she knew she needed to keep a Habitat home as her goal.

Fast forward to 2017, and Shakeda is becoming a Habitat homeowner, thanks to Burdette Beckmann, Inc. She will now have the opportunity to sit at a dinner table with her children for dinner for the first time since they’ve been born. She has joined the Broward County School Board IT department, which now provides her with full benefits. “I want to be able to provide structure for my family, and I will be the first in my family to purchase my own home,” Shakeda said. Now that she has an added peace of mind, she can give more focus on pursuing her bachelor’s degree in social work.

Home Sponsored by Burdette Beckmann, Inc. (BBi).

Home Dedication: Meet the Watts Family

Home Dedication, Pompano Beach – October 21, 2017


Oriel, an Assistant Customer Service Manager at Publix, is the beautiful mother of four children, Brent 18, Bree 16, Shawn 14 and Toquan 12. Three years ago she gained custody of her niece, Diana, 12; creating a strong family of six. Her fondest memory is when Toquan spoke his first words, even though when he was born, doctors told her that he would never be able to talk.

For the last ten years, they lived in an unsafe neighborhood and have had to witness the severe violence that often took place just steps from their front door. After her son Brent was attacked by a group of classmates on his way home from school, Oriel knew she had to do everything possible to provide her family with a home of their own where there would be peace, and above all safety.

On October 21, 2017, Oriel and six other families received the keys to their new Habitat homes in Pompano Beach. Thanks to their perseverance, and our generous partners, they now have a safe place to call home.

Home Sponsored by Publix Charities