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January 2015 Newsletter  

Homebuyer Spotlight
December Volunteers
Hicks Prep Club News

We are always looking for a few good men and women to be Volunteer Team Leaders.

Team Leaders will work with groups of volunteers on all different types of construction activities.

All leaders will be CPR and First Aid Certified, and will have hands on training in the field on how to perform all the tasks required to build and renovate a home! 


Want more 

information? Email:


Davetta Williams 

Volunteer Manager  




Stay Connected With Us!

Click here to view our  FY2014 Annual Report!

And Make A Difference

Our ReStore and Construction sites are in need of volunteers! Help us support families in need by donating 
just a few hours of your time. 


Signing up is easy!

1. Click below to sign up on our website  
2. Select a day/time
3. Feel the satisfaction of giving back :)

Your help will make a difference for a Jacksonville family!


#DeckTheHomes Contest News

We'd like to thank everyone who participated in our Deck the Homes contest! Thanks to those of you who entered, we raised much needed funds to build a home for someone to enjoy NEXT holiday season!

It was a close race, with a host of festive entries, but a panel of our homebuyers has selected Mr. Michael Corrigan as the winner! Here's the winning photo!

Homebuyer Spotlight
Mary Kay O'Rourke, President & CEO, and HabiJax children welcomed families

On December 12, 2014, HabiJax held a home dedication ceremony for nine new homebuyers--our largest celebration yet! The homebuyers brought their families and friends for the dedication, and after speeches and prayers for the families, everyone enjoyed refreshments and snacks.  


Thanks to our sponsor Proctor & Gamble, each family received welcome baskets filled with household items. Additionally, each child received a basket of brand new books thanks to HabiJax partner Project Storybook (read more about the dedication, Project Storybook, and the high school student who started this non-profit, Tess Reiman, in the "In the News" links above).


We could not be happier for our new HabiJax homeowners and wish them all the best in 2015!


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Interested in becoming, or know someone who is interested in becoming, a homeowner? For more information, please visit our website, and fill out an interest form here!
Volunteer Thank Yous

For the month of December, 120 unduplicated volunteers spent countless hours on  our Construction site and ReStore. We would like to thank the following groups for their hard work building homes in December: 

  • Atlantic Coast High School
  • Afloat Training Group Mayport (ATGM)
  • Camping World
  • Episcopal Coalition
  • Fort Caroline Christian Church
  • NTT Data
  • Ponte Vedra High School 
  • Ponte Vedra High School Habitat Club
  • Powell's Chapel Baptist Church
  • Public Works Department NAS JAX
And, a BIG thank you to all of the dedicated individuals who generously donated their time in December!

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Interested in volunteering? Individuals and groups can register and sign-up for opportunities through the volunteer calendar on our website. 
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~ Congratulations! ~


The following Hicks Prep Club Scholars graduated 

from UNF in December 2014:


Mercelin Etienne

College of Engineering

Building Construction


Jada Scott

College of Art & Sciences

Political Science


Cedric Walker

College of Art & Sciences

Criminal Justice


We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

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Through the Hicks Prep Club, HabiJax works with students, in grades 7th - 12th,  who reside in Jacksonville Housing Authority housing or HabiJax homes. 

For more information email:
Education Programs Manager