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Manatee County Habitat for Humanity Opens New ReStore on SR 70

Bradenton, FL (September 6, 2018)- Over one hundred and fifty customers were lined up at the front door of Manatee Habitat’s new ReStore on Saturday, August 18th. Anxious customers who had been checking regularly to see when the new ReStore would open lined up to be the first ones in at 9:00am. Customers could enjoy fun activities like a bounce house, hourly prize drawings, popcorn and cotton candy to celebrate the Grand Opening. The ReStore has much to offer everyone and plays a critical role in raising revenue needed to help build and affordable housing for working families in Manatee County.

The Habitat ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The Habitat ReStores located on Hardin Ave. and Cortez Rd. have merged into the new ReStore on SR 70, bringing all the best deals into one convenient location of over 30,000 square feet. By the end of the first day, an estimated 5,000 customer had stopped in. The successful open is credited to the planning of the staff and the 40 volunteers who helped out for the Grand Opening. The successful launch of the new ReStore is just the first step in a plan to see the ReStore exceed expectations and have a bigger impact on Manatee Habitat’s mission. Manatee Habitat for Humanity was recently selected to take part in an entrepreneurial initiative program to increase the earned income capability of the ReStore.

Margin & Mission Ignition 2018 is an initiative of The Patterson Foundation designed to strengthen entrepreneurial capacity and increase nonprofit mission impact through the development and implementation of earned income strategies. Manatee Habitat will participate in the 30-month consulting process with No Margin, No Mission. They are a social enterprise and national consulting firm engaged by The Patterson Foundation. “We are thrilled to have been selected for this Initiative and look forward to working alongside our consultants to help take our organization to a new level, “said Diana Shoemaker, Executive Director of Manatee Habitat.

The Manatee Habitat ReStore is located at 5108 15th St. E. in Bradenton, on State Road 70. Store hours are Monday-Saturday from 9am-7pm. Donations of gently used items can be dropped off at the ReStore or call Manatee Habitat to schedule a free pickup at (941) 355-7082.

Manatee Habitat is actively recruiting volunteers to help in the ReStore. Activities range from customer services to helping process donations. Contact Manatee Habitat to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the ReStore, build sites, or community outreach.

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

About Margin & Mission Ignition 2018
An initiative of The Patterson Foundation, Margin & Mission Ignition 2018 is an opportunity for local nonprofits in our region to develop and implement earned-income strategies to strengthen mission impact. For more information about The Patterson Foundation’s Margin & Mission Ignition initiative, please visit or join the conversation using #TPFMarginMission on social media.

What Does it Mean to be a Manatee Habitat Homeowner?

What does it mean to be a part of Manatee County Habitat for Humanity? We're glad you asked! Join new homeowners Brittany, Jackie, and Willie as they share their Habitat journey with us and what being a Habitat Homeowner means to them and their community.

Manatee County Habitat for Humanity Announces Grand Opening of New ReStore

Manatee County Habitat for Humanity’s new ReStore on SR 70 opened to the public on Saturday, August 18th with a Grand Opening Event. The event included a bounce house, blood mobile, hourly prize drawings, popcorn, and cotton candy. The Manatee Habitat ReStore is located at 5108 15th St E in the City of Bradenton, on State road 70. Store hours are Mondays – Saturdays from 9am – 7pm.

Manatee Habitat ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used home furnishings, building materials, and appliances. To maximize organizational efficiency and reduce cost, the Habitat ReStore locations on Hardin and Cortez have moved into the new ReStore on SR 70, bringing together all the best deals in one convenient location. Profits from the ReStore are used to help build more affordable housing in Manatee County.

To donate, just drop off your gently-used items at the ReStore or call Manatee Habitat to schedule a free pickup at (941) 355-7082. Manatee Habitat is actively recruiting volunteers to help in the ReStore. From customer service to helping process donations, the Manatee Habitat ReStore offers a multitude of volunteer opportunities geared toward individual interests and skills. Contact Manatee Habitat to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the ReStore, on the build sites, or out in the community.

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Manatee County Habitat for Humanity Will Dedicate Two New Homes in Bradenton May 19

habitat dedication may19Bradenton, Florida (Monday, May 14, 2018) – Manatee County Habitat for Humanity will be dedicating two new homes in Bradenton on Saturday, May 19 at 12 noon. The two homes are located side by side at 1013 and 1017 17th Ave. West at 11th St. West on what was a vacant corner lot.

“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 dedication ceremony will recognize the Habitat families that will become first time homeowners in the presence of their friends, families, fellow volunteers, sponsors and Habitat staff and board members. It will last approximately one hour. All are welcome to attend.

Willie Sandifer will become the Habitat homeowner at 1017 17th Ave. W. She, along with her daughter and her two grandchildren, are looking forward to having a home of their own. An employee for Manatee County Rural Health Services, Willie is helping raise her two grandchildren. In her view, “Habitat home ownership, for the first time in our lives, empowers us to attain the American dream. Habitat also inspires us to empower others with the ability and skills to do the same.”

Jackie Melendez, a mother of two, will become her neighbor at 1013 17th Ave. W. Jackie has worked for Mariner Financial for 14 years and is looking forward to leaving renting behind and becoming a homeowner. She says her Habitat home is much more than mere shelter. “It tells the story of who we are and a collection of what we love brought together under one roof,” Jackie said.

Willie and Jackie have been in the Habitat home buyer program for nearly two years working on the homes of other Habitat home buyers and each other’s homes, for the last six months. They have completed all the requirements to purchase their homes including over 300 hours of “sweat equity”, financial literacy, and homeownership classes. They will purchase their homes and receive a zero interest mortgage from Manatee County Habitat for Humanity.

Sponsors who provided funding for the construction of the houses will be attending the dedication. Boar’s Head Brand will be there to congratulate Willie Sandifer and provide Boar’s Head Frankfurters for all the attendees.

“We’re honored to dedicate a home this weekend to Willie and her family. This project has been an incredible opportunity for our team members to join efforts with Willie and other Habitat for Humanity volunteers to support our community,” said Boar’s Head Brand President Mike Martella. This is the third Habitat house Boar’s Head Brand has sponsored. Employees have donated over 600 hours to build these homes.

Sun Hydraulics, LLC is the home sponsor of Jackie Melendez’s house and they have donated nearly 200 hours of volunteer labor in addition to their home sponsorship. “Sun Hydraulics is proud to have the opportunity to partner with Habitat for Humanity once again to help this community-driven organization make such an impact on this family’s life. It has been a great pleasure to work alongside Jackie and other volunteers to make this home a reality,” said Mike Sheppard, of Sun Hydraulics.

Carpenter Contractors of America made a large donation of material and labor to Manatee Habitat for the construction of one of the houses.   They planned a Commemorative Build Day in January in memory of their 30-year colleague and friend, Jeff Pfeifer. The company donated all the lumber used in the house and the roof trusses. CCA employees did the installation in one day.

Manatee Literacy Council has been engaged presenting books at all Manatee Habitat home dedications since 2016. Roger Boos, President of Manatee Literacy Council, a non-profit partner of Manatee Habitat for Humanity, will present age appropriate books to all family members at the dedication ceremony.

Manatee Habitat has built six new homes in this neighborhood near Village of the Arts in the last two years. Community Development Block Grant funds from the City of Bradenton was used to purchase the vacant lots to build new homes. Publix Super Markets Charities also provided a grant to help build the homes.

top: Boar's Head Brand employees at the job site in Bradenton; top middle: Greg Wiezbach (l) and Mike Clough (r) on the job from Boar's Head; bottom middle: Carpenter Contractors Commemorative Build for Jeff Pfeifer; bottom: Steve Spergl, owner Gulf Stream Provision, proud purveyor of Boar's Head Brand