Manatee County Habitat for Humanity Dedicates New Home in Bradenton
Bradenton, Florida (February 7, 2016) – Manatee County Habitat for Humanity dedicated a new home in Bradenton on Saturday, Feb. 4th. “The thing I treasure about a dedication is that it brings together the community that made this happen,” said Diana Shoemaker, Executive Director of Manatee County Habitat for Humanity.
The new home owner is Yesenia Garcia who entered the Habitat Home Buyer program November 21, 2014 and has been working steadily towards achieving the goal of home ownership. She and her three children were very excited about the completion of their new home and the many people who came out to share the moment. “I am so happy I will have own my own home for my children that is safe and that I can afford,” Yesenia said.
Many of the sponsors who provided funding for the construction of the house were on hand to congratulate Yesenia. “Our involvement takes on a whole new meaning when we can meet the deserving individuals and families who benefit from such a caring community!” said Michael McCoy, Bank of America Market President, Sarasota-Manatee.
Tony Griffin and Shirlene Sze, with Tropicana brought a housewarming gift of supplies for the new homeowner. Tony Griffin is also a member of the Habitat Board of Directors. Gina White and Robin Wentz of the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee which provided a grant attended the dedication. Roger Boos, President of Manatee Reads which is a partner of Manatee Habitat donated books for family.
A red wagon loaded with gifts for Yesenia, her two daughters and young son was donated by employees of Wells Fargo which also helped fund the home construction. “When we all volunteered and worked on the house back in September we decided we wanted to do something for the family when it was finished,” said Sandy Martin, of Wells Fargo.
Yesenia’s family represents the 126th Habitat family to become a first time home buyer through Manatee County Habitat for Humanity. She worked on her home with Habitat volunteers each week since construction started in July. In addition, as part of the Habitat Home Buyer program, Yesenia has participated in home ownership and financial education classes.
Her home is also the 100th house built under the supervision Bruce Winter, Manatee Habitat Construction Director. It is the first of several Habitat homes being built in the City of Bradenton near Village of the Arts. Manatee County Habitat for Humanity received funds through a Community Block Grant and purchased vacant lots in this neighborhood to build new homes. All of the planned homes have Habitat home buyers in the program.
MANATEE COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Manatee County Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, ecumenical, volunteer-based organization with the mission to develop resources, educate and mobilize people to work alongside families in need, rehabilitating existing homes and building sustainable, affordable homes, thereby improving the quality of life in Manatee County. For more information about Manatee Habitat visit www.manateehabitat.org.