Habitat for Humanity of Broward Presents
2018 Spirit of Humanity Awards
Habitat for Humanity of Broward staged its Spirit of Humanity Awards Reception on Wednesday night. Joining Habitat Broward’s CEO & Executive Director Nancy Robin were 2018 award recipients (left to right) back row: Steve Hudson and Linda Carter of the community Foundation of Broward and Nancy Daley; front row: Bill and Sandra Wadsworth of the Wadsworth Family Foundation, Sandra Juliachs and Lilia Ciciolla of Bank of America, Lori Wheeler, Sean Smith and Phil Purcell of Marine Industries Association of South Florida.
I really became aware of the positive transformational work being done by Habitat for Humanity when I was invited to attend the official kickoff announcement of a 77-home community in Pompano Beach, FL. The project had been in the works for a long time and a $500,000 cash donation from Rick Case Automotive Group gave Habitat for Humanity enough resources to set a date for the ground breaking which was in the Fall of 2017. All together it is about a $10 million dollar project and will take about five years to complete.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson joined Rita Case and many other local community leaders to celebrate the official launch of this Pompano Beach, Fl community. Habitat for Humanity acquired the first 3 acres from Abyssinian Baptist Church in 2006 and waited to buy the remaining 6 acres from the church in 2015.
Nancy Daly, a Habitat board member, stated that the community will be a mix of one- and two-story homes with three or four bedrooms with homes ranging from 1,200 to 1,300 square feet. Habitat will be giving qualified residents zero interest mortgages to buy the homes. To qualify, the new community residents must have lived in Broward County for at least one year and have a household income of between 50 to 80 percent of the median Broward County household income which is currently $60,000. The new residents must also put in 300 or more hours building homes or working in the local Habitat offices. This is a partnership to build new futures for families.
On October 24, 2018 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. 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 our history. We have made the dream of a home come true for 430 families to date, thanks to the dedication of our honorees tonight.”
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.
|Our Spirit of Humanity Awards and 35th Anniversary Celebration was such a wonderful evening! You are changing the lives of so many families seeking a brighter future through decent, affordable housing.
On behalf of our Board, staff and the families we serve, “Thank you!”
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