Manatee Habitat Partners with Boar's Head to Build Home for Veteran
Manatee County Habitat for Humanity is partnering with Boar’s Head Brand® to build a Habitat home for a local veteran and his family. Boar’s Head Brand employees began working alongside future Habitat homeowner Sgt. Juan Garcia on Saturday, Sept. 26, to construct the four bedroom home in Palmetto, Florida. In addition to their corporate sponsorship, Boar’s Head Brand has committed to providing 200 hours of volunteer labor to help build the home.
"Boar’s Head is a great partner," said Diana Shoemaker, Executive Director of Manatee Habitat. "Their commitment to this project exemplifies the company's desire to serve others and positively impact our community. It is a great match with the mission of Manatee Habitat, and we are thrilled to be working with them to assist Juan in obtaining his dream of building and purchasing his own home."
Twenty-two employees from Boar’s Head Brand worked on siding, roofing, painting and caulking, and more will perform additional tasks during two additional volunteer Saturdays in October. Children of employees also contributed to the day by providing baked goods and snacks for volunteers. At the end of the day, a Boar’s Head Brand Distributor provided hot lunches to the volunteers, including some of Garcia’s future neighbors.
"Boar’s Head Brand is proud to support Manatee County Habitat for Humanity, and is dedicated to giving back to the community where our employees work and live," said Elizabeth Ward, director of marketing and communications for Boar’s Head Brand.
Sergeant Garcia served in the Army as Armor Unit for over 10 years and was stationed in Kuwait, South Korea and Germany, and was also deployed to Iraq for 13 months. In addition to working full time, Garcia recently completed his associate degree from State College of Florida, and is currently working on his bachelor degree in criminology at the University of South Florida. The home is expected to be completed by mid-November so his family can be in their new home for Thanksgiving and the holidays.
Ground Broken on Thrivent Build Home
Manatee Habitat kicked off a Faith Build in collaboration with the Thrivent Builds Program with a ground breaking ceremony on June 16th, 2015. The location of the future Habitat home is 1212 3rd Ave W, Palmetto. Habitat homeowner candidate Wilna Remilus is excited to begin work on her future home. Also present for the ground breaking was local clergy and Tom Reagin, Community Engagement Leader with Thrivent Financial.
Thrivent Builds is an on-going multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership between Habitat International and Thrivent Financial, which helps create safe, decent and affordable housing. Partial funding for the home is being provided through a grant from Thrivent Builds. Since 2005, Thrivent Financial and its members have committed $213 million and 4.4 million volunteer hours. Local volunteers from a variety of churches in the community will be invited to participate in this Faith Build. The home is expected to be completed by December 2015.
Wilna, the future homeowner, is a second generation Habitat homeowner. Her mother, Francois, lives in Village of the Palms. Wilna is thrilled to qualify and become a homeowner in order to provide a safe, affordable home for herself and her 10 year old daughter, Lara. Wilna is no stranger to what it takes to qualify and become a Habitat homeowner. She was very involved in the construction of her mother's home and is ready to take on the task of building her own home. Wilna's mother will be available to return the favor by helping to build her daughter's home.
Manatee Habitat has been awarded $57,500 from Thrivent Financial to support the Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity program, an on-going multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial, which helps create safe, decent, affordable housing across the globe.
“It is inspiring to work alongside Habitat families, Thrivent members and others to build and repair homes,” said Tom Reagin, a financial representative with Thrivent Financial, “Sharing our time and talents helps us live generously and strengthen our community.” Thrivent Financial is committing $12 million nationally to the 2015 partnership, which will be used to serve families and mobilize volunteers through three programs: Thrivent Builds Homes, Thrivent Builds Worldwide and Thrivent Builds Repairs.
Read more about the Thrivent Builds program here.