Manatee Habitat Dedicates 125th Home
Manatee Habitat's 125th Home Dedication took place June 18th, 2016 at 1180 3rd Ave. W., in Palmetto. Shambria Smith and her two daughters Reniya, 5 and Paris, 3, are the proud new homeowners. Shambria has put in over 300 hours of labor with Manatee County Habitat for Humanity.
The dedication was a wonderful representation of the community that comes together to build a Habitat home. In attendance at the dedication were Habitat Board members and volunteers, family and friends of Shambria, Bealls employees who sponsored the home and provided volunteer labor, next door neighbor Mrs. Jefferson, also a recipient of Habitat services, and future Habitat homebuyers.
This home was made possible by Bealls, Inc., which sponsored this project through the Community Contribution Tax Credit Program (CCTCP). This program allows Florida businesses to put their tax dollars to work in their community. Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc., a dedicated partner of Habitat, provided a grant of $35,000 to complete Shambria's new home.
Shambria is a single parent and is employed full time by United Cerebral Palsy, where she has worked for the past two years. Shambria has been persistent in pursuing the dream of owning her own home. She came to our organization in 2013, and applied, but didn’t meet all of the requirements. She worked hard to qualify and is now a proud Habitat homeowner. Shambria is the perfect example of "where there is a will, there is a way."
Shambria has attended classes, accumulated her escrow money and completed her hours on the job site. As a matter of fact, if you ever saw her on the job site, you would know that she's not a quitter. She has worked on her home tirelessly; from the inside of the home, to the outside and even on the roof, Shambria was there to do what needed to be done.
Congratulations, Shambria, Reniya, and Paris!
Pictured top: Shambria and daughters Reniya, 5 and Paris, 3. Pictured bottom: Shambria with Joe DesRosier, Director of Central Operations for Bealls, with Shambria at the dedication. Bealls gave us 34 employees who worked 209 hours on Shambria's house.
Featured Habitat Volunteer for May: Liam Cunningham
Manatee Habitat’s Volunteer Spotlight for the month of May is Liam Cunningham. Liam is an 18-year-old young man who took a year off after high school graduation to save some money and as he explains, “get a feel for the world and what I want to do in life.”
Liam’s parents require that all their children spend one year giving back to the community by performing some type of volunteer service. His parents have instilled in their children the value of developing life experience and the philosophy that “money isn’t everything.” Liam believes that there is honor and reward in giving to others and expects nothing in return. He has had the opportunity to see the lives of those he touched and to appreciate the value of a warm smile and a sincere thank you. Liam states that this fulfillment at the end of the day is more valuable than worldly success.
While Manatee Habitat congratulates Liam on his acceptance to Christendom College in Virginia, we will sorely miss his dedicated work ethic, cheerful demeanor, and engaging personality.