St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity “2019 Building Hope Breakfast”
Article & Photos by MaryAnn Ketcham
On Nov. 14th at Tradition Town Hall in Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity held their fourth annual Building Hope Breakfast.
“We are so pleased with the turn-out at our Building Hope Breakfast,” said Bob Calhoun, St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity Executive Director. “With each Building Hope Breakfast, our community learns more about our home building and repair program as well as the self-help model we follow. The support of St. Lucie County residents and businesses is what makes our program so successful!”
The program for the morning’s event brought to life the core tenant for which Habitat was founded on: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. To kick-off the program, guests enjoyed a delicious local breakfast sponsored by Panera Bread, 1971 Roasters & Coffee Bar, and Nelson Family Farms, and then were treated to a line-up of informative and dynamic speakers who shared their compelling Habitat experiences.
An exciting highlight of the program was when Habitat Homeowners in Process, Damien and Tammy, were called on stage. At a prepared table, with officials and 155 witnesses present, they signed the final signatures of their new Habitat home mortgage, leading to applause, hugs, and a few joyful tears. Breakfast attendees learned firsthand that Habitat homeowners purchase their homes and pay an affordable mortgage, dispelling the misconception that Habitat gives homes away.
Indian River State College President Dr. Edwin Massey, was the morning’s keynote speaker. Dr. Massey presented an insightful overview of the economic and social benefits of Habitat's work, and gave attendees a broader understanding of the need for building more housing that is affordable for people in our community.
Attendees were thrilled to learn that their financial gifts to St. Lucie Habitat would be doubled by a matching grant from Volunteer Florida Foundation. Guests also learned of volunteer opportunities and ways businesses and groups could sponsor Habitat’s work. “At St. Lucie Habitat, we offer many ways for people to partner with us to build or improve homes in St. Lucie County. Financial support, donating to, and shopping our two ReStore locations, advocating for increasing the affordable housing stock, and volunteering at a job site, are just a few of those ways,” said Melissa Winstead, St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity Development Director.
To date, St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity has built 75 new home constructions and completed 86 renovation projects. St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and since 1996, has worked to eliminate poverty housing in St. Lucie County and empower struggling working families who want to achieve homeownership.
Habitat homebuyers help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, 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 home ownership, we empower. Learn more at StLucieHabitat.org.