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St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity’s Inaugural Playhouse Build is a Success

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Project Manager Bob Cenk with St. Lucie Habitat Exec. Dir. Bob Calhoun

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All five teams with their projects

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Melissa Winstead, Kasey Blair, Maddie Williams and Bob Cenk

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Team St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity led by Jim Brann of the Porch Factory

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Team Richard K. Davis Construction led by Scott McCracken of Sawhorse Construction- Dalton Smith, Scott McCraken, Paul Hamilton, Jeremy Stone and Andy Chambliss

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Team NuCO2/Linde led by Sam Hjalmeby of the Samuel Construction Group

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Team St. Lucie County Economic Development Council led by Jeff Bowers of Masterpiece Builders

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Team St. Lucie County Fire District led by Ryan Hansen of R.K. Hansen Construction Company

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Pam Houghton

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Brenda Stokes, Ryan Sapp

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Paul Hamilton

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Melissa Winstead

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Maddie Williams, Jenn DuBey

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Nino Colari and the Toy Story chicken

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Mike McGibbon, Susan Stevenson and Dom Brandow

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Sean Sebastian

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Luis Hernandez

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Lindsey Concannon

St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope. They did just that with their first-ever Playhouse Build, and had a ton of fun in the process! In honor of local heroes, Habitat brought the St. Lucie County community together to build and design custom playhouses for first responder and veteran families. One family each from the Port St. Lucie Police Department, Fort Pierce Police Department, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, St. Lucie County Fire District, and the U.S. Army were the beneficiaries of this amazing project.

The Playhouse Build was truly a community-wide effort. Bob Cenk of Homecrete Homes acted as project manager – he recruited members of the Treasure Coast Builder’s Association as crew leaders tasked with directing the teams in the construction of the playhouses. The crew leaders were Jeff Bowers from Masterpiece Builders, Scott McCracken from Sawhorse Construction, Ryan Hansen of R.K. Hansen Construction Company, Jim Brann from The Porch Factory, and Sam Hjalmeby from Samuel Construction Group. Cenk also connected with local businesses who generously donated the materials: Builder’s FirstSource donated the plywood, Steve Frontera Roofing gave the shingles, Peter Gianotti Painting offered the primer, and Texas Roadhouse catered lunch. To ensure all was ready for build day on March 25th, students at Port St. Lucie High School’s skilled trades program cut the wood to form the walls and rooves of the playhouses.

Richard K. Davis Construction Company, NuCO2/Linde, St. Lucie County Fire District, St. Lucie County Economic Development Council with the Treasure Coast Builders Association, and St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity formed the five teams who transformed the playhouses from wooden structures to creations straight out of a child’s imagination. On March 26th at Clover Park, the playhouses were unveiled in front of the overjoyed first responder and veteran families. The kids immediately took to their customized playhouses, including a castle, fire station, and toy barn.

All proceeds from the Playhouse Build are supporting St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity’s New Homeownership program. This year, Habitat has partnered with eight local low-income families to build places for them to call home. There are many ways to get involved with Habitat, from donating funds or furniture to shopping at one of their ReStores to volunteering at their construction sites. Visit stluciehabitat.org or call 772.464.1117 ext. 103 to find out more.

 

About St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity

 

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity began in 1996 as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International; a Christian housing organization and leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries.

Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. To date, St. Lucie Habitat has built or rehabbed 82 homes and repaired 141 homes in St. Lucie County.

St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity operates two ReStore locations in St. Lucie County where we accept donations of quality, gently used items for resale to the public. Through financial support, donating/shopping ReStore, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit StLucieHabitat.org.

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