Nicole Dukes is the latest owner of a home built by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami and volunteers dedicated to helping to put roofs over the heads of low-income people.
Lauderdale Lakes native Asante Samuel, who is a Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl cornerback and two-time Super Bowl champion, played a big part in making it happen.
Samuel worked alongside members of his Bring it Home Single Moms organization and other volunteers who joined Miami Habitat on Saturday to build his foundation’s first home in the area of Northwest 63rd Street and 18th Avenue, which will go to Dukes.
The vision of Bring it Home Single Moms is to provide low-income single mothers with the opportunity of affordable home ownership.
At the end of the workday, the foundation presented Miami habitat with a check for $25,000.
“The building of this first home, as well as the creation of the foundation, is a tribute to my mother, Christine,” Samuel said in a statement released by Miami Habitat. “Our aim is to provide homes for single mothers who faced similar challenges as the ones she had.”
The idea for the foundation was inspired by Samuel’s experiences growing up the son of a single mom and seeing the sacrifices such mothers make to provide for their children.
“We are honored that Asante has chosen to partner with Habitat,” said Miami Habitat CEO Mario Artecona. “Asante is drawing from his own experience to help others.”