SOUTH MIAMI HEIGHTS – Following an exciting two weeks of accelerated construction, Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, Feb. 23 concluded its annual Blitz Build 2013 presented by Baptist Health of South Florida, with a dedication ceremony celebrating the hard work of the 10 partner homeowners who will be purchasing the completed homes.
More than 1500 volunteers participated in the Blitz Build, where the ten homes were completed. Once completed, the Habitat Landings community will consist of 45 single family homes, all built and owned by low-income families.
In addition to the partner families, representatives of presenting sponsor Baptist Health, as well as those from all 10 house sponsors, shared in the festivities.
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis Moss and County Mayor Carlos Gimenez also helped make it a joyful and heartwarming celebration of the homeowners.
“The fact that so many people came to celebrate with us reinforces the fact that Habitat for Humanity is a program that works and that rewards hard work and dedication,” said Habitat CEO Mario J Artecona. “Everyone pulls for our families and wants to see them succeed. Habitat is a hand-up, not a hand out, and everyone can get behind that principle.”
During the very heartfelt ceremony, all 10 recipient families addressed the crowd to express gratitude to sponsors and to the hundreds of volunteers who worked on their individual homes.
“I can finally provide my girls with the home they deserve and the security we need,” said homeowner Anjolee Vargas. “Habitat for Humanity and this home is the blessing we needed to escape our overcrowded living situation.”
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami is a Christian ministry that builds homes and communities in partnership with low-income families in need of a simple, decent place to live. Habitat makes interest-free loans available for the purchase of the homes, and provides opportunities to people of conscience to support its mission to break the cycle of poverty.
Since its inception, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami has built more than 950 homes in Miami-Dade.
Blitz Build is made possible through the support of corporate and institutional donors who sponsor individual homes. The other sponsors this year include: Anthony R. Abraham Foundation, Assurant, Chase, EverBank, Faith House, Miami-Dade Housing Finance Authority, Publix Supermarket Charities and WSVN Channel 7 as well as one house co-sponsored by eBay & TransFlorida.
For more information visit miamihabitat.org
*Pictured abover is Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis Moss