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Alachua Habitat For Humanity
The Habitat View
Dear Reader,  

Welcome to The Habitat View. The Habitat View is  a bi-monthly newsletter to keep you updated on upcoming projects,  events and interesting stories.

Brock Seng

Editor of The Habitat View

Children from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints made brown bag lunches and delivered to volunteers at the Interfaith Build work site last Saturday.

In This Issue
Eat At Satchel's In March
Bring Your ATM Card! 


Women Build is Satch Cash's Beneficiary in March


Eat delicious pizza and help raise funds for Women Build. Women Build will start its 9th house in Alachua County this Fall! Satchel's donates the profits of its ATM machines to local non-profit organizations each month, and Women Build is the recipient of the ATM fees during March.


Women Build
8th Annual Luncheon
April 15th, 2015
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Parish Hall
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Women Build's annual luncheon is their biggest fundraiser and this year they will celebrate the completion of their 8th house and honor Carol Barron, retired Habitat Construction Director. 


Reservation requires a $25 donation for lunch and can be made by clicking on the Women Build Donate button 

 on the website.


Click here to go to the website

RSVP by April 8th




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Monday through Saturday

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Habitat for Humanity
Wish List

Additional construction pick-up truck

ReStore truck (box truck with lift)

Saw blades

Paint rollers/brushes

Microsoft Project Software

Class facilitators - Family Partner classes

Fire proof file cabinets

Build site supervisors

Professional volunteers

Office chairs

Real estate lots

NR/ Family Services staff


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Text to donate:
Text "HOME" to 72881

Home After Heartbreak

Kristy Hill and her daughter
Dakeirra with Fred Judkins

It's been a long road for Kristy Hill to get into a home of her own.

And now, after a rough few years, she is finally getting that home.

Through Alachua Habitat for Humanity's program, Kristy will be receiving a home through the home rehab program, where they rebuild and bring back to life older houses.

The journey for Kristy began in 2012 when her mother was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. Spending all her time working with and helping her mother, Kristy decided to move out of the apartment she was living in and move in with her mom.

But, before she could move in, her mother went to the emergency room and passed away two weeks later. Kristy was heartbroken.

During the two week hospital stay, Kristy had many things come to light. When her mother found out she had terminal breast cancer, she had stopped paying her mortgage and was $8,000 behind on payments. To add on, Kristy discovered there was a $17,000 construction lean on the house as well. Kristy tried to work with the construction company to resolve this issue by but they wanted the money right then instead.

So, along with losing her mother to cancer, Kristy had to let the house go because at the time the payment was too much for her. And it was back to the apartment for her and her daughter.

That's when a friend, who has a home through Habitat, talked to her about attending a Habitat Homeownership Orientation meeting. After attending the meeting, completing the application and other paperwork, Kristy was on her way to becoming a Habitat homeowner.

Now, construction is underway on her new Habitat for Humanity home.

Kristy and Dakeirra, her 18-year old daughter who is a senior in high school, still live together in the apartment for now, but can't wait until the day they get to turn the key in the lock of their own home.


Board Member Profile: Ben Phillips 
Board Member Ben Phillips, Focus Real Estate Group

Not everyone who works with Habitat for Humanity does hands on construction. Some people, like board member Ben Phillips, works behind the scenes to help make building houses possible. 


Ben got involved with Habitat for Humanity in South Florida in 2006 after his work in the home building industry gave him insight into the organization and what it does. 


When he moved to Gainesville, his busy schedule prevented him from remaining as active with the organization, but upon finding the time this past year, he reached out to Habitat to let them know how he could help. 


Today, Ben uses his contacts as a realtor working for Focus Real Estate Group to get local businesses involved with the Habitat for Humanity. 


"I teach them about the programs Habitat has for businesses, especially in Alachua County and the state of Florida," Ben said. 


Ben was doing so much to assist Habitat that Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Scott Winzeler reached out to Ben about being on the board. Ben said he was happy to take on the role. 


"I was involved with it in South Florida, and I saw what a great program it was," Ben said. "I wanted to do everything I could with it, and use some of the influence I have with my business partners to team up and do more.


Ben spends most of his time outside of work with his family or indulging in his love for biking, but when he's not selling homes or spending time in his, he's working to make sure Habitat for Humanity has the power to help people spend time in theirs. 


Not everybody who works with Habitat for Humanity helps to build houses, but without people like Ben Phillips, we wouldn't be able to build the homes that we do.


From ReStore To Construction

Jim Chwat, Materials Coordinator


When Jim Chwat arrived in Florida a year and a half ago, he was looking for a way to get involved and settle into the community. His natural affinity for construction projects, and desire to help, led him to Alachua Habitat for Humanity. 


Today, Jim is the materials coordinator and one of Habitat's most valued employees. 


Jim started his journey with Habitat in the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, a thrift shop where donations are put into Habitat's build program in order to help provide adequate housing for families in Alachua County. 


Though he was happy to get involved, Jim admitted that it wasn't his first choice of areas to get involved with. 


"When I volunteered, I was actually hoping it was in construction," Jim said. "I have zero retail experience.


What he lacked in experience, however, Jim made up for in dedication. 


Other employees call Jim the unsung hero of the organization. His quiet demeanor and reliability make him very easy to work with, and his organization and attentiveness to what he does helps make ease of the work at the build sites. 


He works with the volunteers on the build sites every Saturday, making sure that all the materials and tools are ready and available, and he said he's really happy to be doing what he's doing. 


"I've always liked working on construction programs," Jim said, "and Habitat for Humanity is a great organization."


Gainesville Modern Weekend 2015

March 20th and 21st

Gainesville Modern, in conjunction with the University of Florida Historic Preservation Program, invites you to Gainesville Modern Weekend 2015, including a tour of five of the area's finest Mid-Century Modern residences.


The two-day event kicks off on Friday, March 20th with a film screening. "The Siebert Effect" by Larry Reinebach showcases the story of Tim Siebert: a University of Florida trained architect who later became part of the influential Sarasota School of Architecture movement. The film will begin at 6:00 pm in the Hippodrome Cinema. The screening is followed by a cocktail reception and Q&A session in The Hipp Down Under at 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm. Cost for the pair of events is $35, $15 Students. Space is limited.


The weekend concludes with the Second Annual Mid-Century Modern Home Tour on Saturday, March 21st. The tour can be started at any of the five area homes and runs from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission is $15 cash at the door, $10 students. For home locations, purchasing tickets to the Friday night event, and more information, visit, , e-mail , or call (352) 562-1904.


Proceeds from the tour will support the work of Alachua Habitat for Humanity, the University of Florida Historic Preservation Program, and Gainesville Modern - preserving Gainesville's modern architectural past and promoting its future.



Founded in 1986, Alachua Habitat for Humanity is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry.  We seek to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. To accomplish these goals, we invite people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.