October/November 2016

  Manatee County Habitat for Humanity
Dedicates Veteran's Home
Home Preservation done by Habitat Volunteers
A dedication of the Quici home was held October 22nd to mark the completion of the restoration done by Habitat volunteers. The family is very appreciative of the help they received from Manatee Habitat's Veteran Fund and Home Preservation program and for the opportunity to work alongside volunteers to improve the quality of their home  that they have lived in since 1982.

Michael Quici has been a Bradenton resident since 1979 and is a Korean War Veteran who served in the Army I-Corps. He worked for the State of Florida, Department of Children and Family Services for twenty-one years and then as a truck driver for Goodwill before retiring with a disability. While Michael was hospitalized, their home sustained significant water damage from a faulty roof. Once the roof was replaced Manatee Habitat volunteers repaired the water damaged areas and retrofitted the bathroom for easier access.   

(L to R) Gary French, Crew Leader; Michael, Faith, and Joy Quici; friends Cindy King and Mary Milavec took part in the blessing; Didi Hager, Habitat Family Services Manager; and Lee Washington, Manatee County Veterans Council, and many other Habitat friends attended the dedication.

Future Habitat Homeowner Receives State College of Florida Scholarship

Brittany Holley received her scholarship at the SCF Scholarship Luncheon presented by Annie Scheufler thanks to the Scheidel Foundation Fund at State College of Florida.
Brittany Holley qualified for the Habitat Homeownership program in March of 2016 and is working hard at completing the requirements of the program. She is a working single mother of three and is going to school to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice.

Brittany just received a scholarship from State College of Florida that is specifically offered for a Habitat homebuyer.

For more information on the Manatee Habitat Homebuyers Program visit www.manateehabitat.org  or click here .

Barbara Slater, New Volunteer and Outreach Manager, Joins Manatee Habitat for Humanity

Barbara Slater presents Ginny Cable, Boar's Head Brand Employee Relations Manager, their Points of Light certificate from the White House for their volunteerism on the Veteran Build for Juan Garcia. Boar's Head Brand sponsored the house and their employees donated over 200 hours of labor.

Barbara brings a wealth of experience in volunteer management from her previous position at the Ringling Museum of Art and she also has a background in restaurant management.  She can be found at the Depot or job site Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and at community events recruiting volunteers and promoting Manatee Habitat. If there is a community event that she can attend or a group to reach out to please contact Barb at bslater@manateehabitat.org.

Karen McElroy, General Manager for Manatee Habitat ReStores, Featured in Bradenton Herald Portraits for Success

"Manatee Habitat ReStores are so much more than just stores filled with good, used merchandise," says General Manager Karen McElroy. Every purchase helps build Habitat for Humanity homes for families in need in Manatee County. "If people ask where their money is going, I can tell them about the 126 homes Habitat has built for Manatee families," says Karen. "It makes you feel good about shopping here and donating to Manatee Habitat ReStores."

The selection of gently used household furnishings, clothing, televisions, appliances or building materials is massive, and all at prices 25-75 percent off retail. " I don't think people realize what great merchandise we have here," says Karen. "We get really nice high end clothing. We just got brand new closeouts from a high end store at our Cortez location."
Have some gently used items to donate? Donations are accepted at either ReStore location. For larger items, call 941-355-7082 for a free pick up. Visit the ReStores at www.manateehabitatrestore.com .

Upcoming Events in November

Find a Very Special Gift at a Very Special Christmas Market

Kirkwood Church Christmas Market Saturday, Nov. 12th 9am - 1pm  6101 Cortez Rd. West
Twenty-one nonprofit organizations including Manatee Habitat, are participating in the 21st Annual Christmas Market. Visitors will experience a whole new way of shopping. At this Christmas Market, you can buy beautiful gifts for everyone on your list or make donations in honor of loved ones. While you leave with your shopping completed before Thanksgiving, your dollars spent at the Christmas Market go right to work helping the nonprofit organizations you chose to support. You take a gift and you give a gift all in one simple stop. Whenever you think your small donation won't amount to much, the collective dollars of shoppers at this Market make a world of difference to the clients served by the participating organizations. The Boy Scouts will be grilling hot dogs and the Cookie Room will return with tasty treats to buy. A new Children's Shop will introduce young people to charitable shopping.

Making an on-line gift to Manatee County Habitat for Humanity is quick and easy with our new on-line giving page. Visit the website at www.manateehabitat.org.

Help Support Manatee Habitat for Humanity when making on-line purchases from Amazon by choosing to use AmazonSmile ( smile.amazon.com) and  the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Manatee Habitat. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. Click on this link exclusively for Manatee Habitat and donate as you shop! http://smile.amazon.com/ch/65-0484034 . It is that easy!

Our Vision

To provide affordable, sustainable homes for families in need throughout Manatee County. Manatee Habitat's homebuyer program is designed to help qualified low-income working families create a strong and secure future for their children and themselves. Please help us provide "a hand up." For more information please call (941)748-9100 or visit our website www.manateehabitat.org