‘Building Futures’ Pilot Program Launched by Habitat for Humanity

‘Building Futures’ Pilot Program Launched by Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s Rick Case Habitat Community and Boys & Girls Club of Broward County

POMPANO BEACH, FL. – Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s Rick Case Habitat Community and the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County, is proud to announce the “Building Futures” pilot program. Modeled after a similar program in Cleveland, Ohio, the goals of the program are to introduce students to career opportunities in a variety of trades, engage them in taking responsibility for their future and set them on a path for a successful and rewarding career.

Through a unique approach, Habitat home building projects will be used to give selected 16 through 19-year-old students eight weeks of intensive hands-on experience with a variety of skilled construction trades. In addition to providing new homes for families in search of affordable housing, this program will provide these students with a better understanding of the career opportunities available to them in the skilled trades and give them the introductory skills needed to enter this field. By making these opportunities tangible, the program intends to show the students that their future is within their own control and that a successful career, including home ownership, is available to them.

A Rick Case Habitat Community, the largest affordable single family housing project in Broward’s history, will serve as the primary site location for this pilot program.

Funding for this pilot program is provided by a generous, anonymous donor with ties to both Cleveland, Ohio and Broward County.

About Habitat for Humanity of Broward
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” families who are unable to qualify for conventional financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and gain economic empowerment through homeownership. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call (954) 396-3030 or visit habitatbroward.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HabitatBroward.

About The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (BGCBC)
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (BGCBC) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) private agency, dedicated to helping young people improve their lives by building self-esteem and developing values and skills during their critical period of growth. Serving more than 12,000 at-risk youths, ages 6-18 each year from its 12 Broward County-area clubs, their purpose is to inspire and enable children to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. BGCBC has once again received the coveted 4 stars rating (out of 4 stars) for the tenth year in a row. Only 3% of the Non-Profits in the USA have achieved this level of excellence from Charity Navigator. Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County is located at 877 NW 61st Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.

For more information call (954) 537-1010 or view the website at www.bgcbc.org.

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Open Enrollment For Habitat for Humanity Homes

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – Open enrollment for Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s two Pompano Beach locations has been extended through Friday, July 30.

Open Enrollment For Habitat Homes in Pompano Beach Extended Through Friday, July 30

It is a four-step application process that includes a pre-qualification questionnaire, orientation, financial analysis review and face-to-face interview. Successful applicants can expect to move into a home within 12 to 18 months.

Qualifications include but are not limited to the following:

• Must be a first-time homebuyer.
• Must be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident.
• Must be a current Broward County resident (for a year or more).
• Must demonstrate a need for affordable housing.
• Must be able to make a $2,000 down-payment broken down into monthly instalments.

Interested families can go to https://www.habitatbroward.org/2020-pre-qualification-questionnaire/ and start the pre-application process.

About Habitat for Humanity of Broward
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” families who are unable to qualify for conventional financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and build intergenerational wealth through homeownership. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call (954) 396-3030 or visit habitatbroward.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HabitatBroward.

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Habitat for Humanity of Broward Hosts 2nd Annual CEO Build

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (May 18, 2021) – Florida CEOs showed up to give time, funds, and voice in support of affordable workforce housing during Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s 2nd annual CEO Build on Saturday, May 15. The landscaping work took place at Habitat’s historic 76-home community in Pompano Beach.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Hosts 2nd Annual CEO Build “These CEO Build participants collectively lead more than 430,000 employees,” said Nancy Robin CEO and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Broward. “They understand the critical need for affordable workforce housing and are determined to work together to find a solution.”

Event co-chairs Brent Burns, President and CEO of JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and Keith Koenig, CEO of City Furniture, led the build that took place at A Rick Case Habitat Community and brought CEOs of leading national and local companies to cooperatively respond to the important issue of affordable housing for Broward County’s workforce.

“Now, more than ever, we are in desperate need of affordable housing, as families get back on their feet following the global pandemic,” said Burns. “Thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Broward for creating an opportunity for business leaders in our community to work side-by-side with peers who also believe in this incredible cause. We are excited to help welcome these families to their new homes.”

The pandemic has demonstrated the need for safe, decent, and affordable shelter is greater than ever. Investment in affordable workforce housing helps families build wealth and stimulates growth necessary for a healthy, equitable society. Before COVID-19, one in seven households spent more than half of their income on housing. Today, that number is estimated to be one in four. Habitat for Humanity of Broward offers working families a way to earn an affordable mortgage kept to 30 percent of household income through the sweat equity they invest. The success of the Habitat Broward model has provided hundreds of families with the economic empowerment that comes with home ownership.

Chip LaMarca, Florida House of Representatives also took part in the event along with corporations such as Advanced Roofing, Amerant Bank, BDO, Burdette Beckmann Inc., Castle Group, Celebrity Cruises, Chen Moore and Associates, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Colliers International, Denison Yachting, The Festus & Helen Stacy Foundation, Inc., GA Telesis GL Homes, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Health Business Solutions, HEICO Corporation, Holy Cross Health, Hudson Family Foundation, Kaufman Lynn Construction, Keith and Associates, Memorial Healthcare System, Merrimac Ventures, Mesirow Financial, Miami Dolphins, Miller Construction Company, Multi-Bank Securities, Inc., Pirtle Construction Company, PNC Bank, Ranger Technical Resources, Rick Case Automotive Group, Right Management, Rogers, Morris & Ziegler LLP; Seawood Builders, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Seminole Classic Casino, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood FL, SIXT rent a car, South Florida Business Journal, Stiles Corporation, Structural Wood Systems, Summit Advertising, The Kitchenworks, Walter Duke + Partners and WSVN Channel 7.

About Habitat for Humanity of Broward
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” to low to very low-income families who are unable to qualify for conventional financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call (954) 396-3030 or visit habitatbroward.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HabitatBroward

Miami Int’l Airport Using Tech Aimed at Stopping Drones

Miami Int’l Airport Using Tech Aimed at Stopping Drones From Coming Near Flights

Thursday, the TSA announced that Miami International Airport will be the only airport in the country testing technology to locate drones if there near airports – and find who is at the controls.

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https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/miami-intl-airport-begins-using-tech-aimed-at-stopping-drones-from-coming-near-flights/2445827/

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Announcement

JM Family Enterprises Provides Temporary “Home” for Habitat for Humanity of Broward

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (April 28, 2021) – Through the end of August, JM Family Enterprises will open its doors as a temporary “home” to Habitat for Humanity of Broward. Staff from the nonprofit, will set up camp in Deerfield Beach as they transition to their new office location later this year.

JM Family Enterprises Provides Temporary “Home” for Habitat for Humanity of Broward

“Our founder instilled the spirit of giving back as an integral part of who we are, and when an opportunity to support one of our long-time nonprofit partners arises, we don’t hesitate to help,” said Brent Burns, president and CEO, JM Family. “Through their work in the community, Habitat for Humanity provides affordable homes to hard-working individuals and families who need it the most. We are honored to return the favor and provide a temporary home to their staff this summer.”

Due to JM Family’s ongoing campus construction, space for the small Habitat for Humanity office staff is available at the company’s headquarters.

“Words can’t express our gratitude to Brent and JM Family Enterprises,” said Nancy Robin, CEO and Executive Director of Habitat Broward. “JM Family is what world-class corporate leadership looks like from top to bottom. This is a company that believes in solving problems and supporting its community wherever and whenever it can.”

JM Family and Habitat for Humanity have collaborated on projects for nearly 20 years, partnering to construct more than 35 houses across Broward County.

About Habitat for Humanity of Broward
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Broward brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat Broward offers a “hand up” not a “hand out” to low to very low-income families who are unable to qualify for conventional financing but are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives and break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Broward please call (954) 396-3030 or visit habitatbroward.org or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HabitatBroward.

About JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
JM Family Enterprises, Inc. was founded by automotive legend, Jim Moran in 1968. It is a privately held company with $16 billion in revenue and more than 4,200 associates. Rooted in automotive and united in its strong culture and core values, JM Family is in the business of helping other businesses succeed. As a long-term partner, it is invested in its companies, associates and its communities. Driven by exceptional performance, current subsidiaries are in the automotive, financial services and franchising industries. Its family of companies includes: Southeast Toyota Distributors, the world’s largest independent distributor of Toyota vehicles; JM&A Group, a company committed to improving automotive dealers’ performance by offering Finance & Insurance products and services, dealership training and consulting; World Omni Financial Corp. (dba Southeast Toyota Finance), a captive financial services company driven to delivering an exceptional dealership and customer experience for Toyota customers in the Southeast; JM Lexus, one of South Florida’s leading Lexus dealers; DataScan, a provider of solutions for wholesale asset financing and inventory risk management; and Home Franchise Concepts, a multi-brand franchise network consisting of Budget Blinds, Tailored Living featuring PremierGarage, Concrete Craft, AdvantaClean and Kitchen Tune-Up.

JM Family has earned various awards for its culture, products and services, including 23 consecutive years on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Interact with JM Family on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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Habitat for Humanity of Broward Appoints New Community Relations and Events Manager

Habitat for Humanity of Broward recently appointed a new Community Relations and Events Manager, Lisa Rahman.

“Habitat Broward is dedicated to hiring only the very best,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “That is exactly what we have with Lisa. As Community Relations and Events Manager, Lisa will foster the community partnerships critical to the growth of affordable workforce housing.”

Rahman is a visionary and strategic non-profit leader with executive leadership, fundraising and strategic planning skills.

Prior to coming to Habitat Broward, Rahman worked her way up from Director of Administration to CEO, over the course of 10 years, at the non-profit Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward. She has also held other top-level positions such as Vice President of Branch Operations and Business Development at TD Bank in Palm Beach County (2006 to 2010) and Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Communication and Retail Consumer Card at JP Morgan Chase in Ney York City (1992-2001).

She gained her Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Psychology at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and her Master of Business Administration at Adelphi University in Garden City New York.

Habitat Broward & Wells Fargo Team up to Build Affordable Housing

Habitat Broward and Wells Fargo Team up to Build Affordable Housing in Miramar and Pompano Beach
Contributor: Trena Brae

The Wells Fargo Foundation has awarded Habitat Broward a $45,000 grant to help build affordable homes, one in Miramar and two in Pompano Beach.

The funding is part of a $8.1 million donation to Habitat for Humanity International for capacity building and direct mission support to build, renovate and repair more than 350 affordable homes across the United States. The grant is provided through Wells Fargo Builds? and is part of the Wells Fargo Foundation’s $1 billion philanthropic commitment to create more housing affordability solutions by 2025.

“We’ve had a rich history of working with Habitat Broward to strengthen our neighborhoods through philanthropy and volunteerism,” said Komi Agbodji, Wells Fargo Southeast Florida District Manager. “Safe and stable housing enables people to build upon the rest of their life and, together, we can shift the narrative to help others understand that housing affordability is both an economic and humanitarian crisis that’s taking a toll on millions of people.”

The Wells Fargo Foundation-supported Miramar house is already underway and will become a home for a family of three, headed by a working mother currently an essential worker on the frontline of the COVID pandemic in the field of nursing.

Wells Fargo Builds, provides philanthropic financial assistance from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support the construction, renovation, painting or repairing of homes with low-to-moderate income households. In 2019 alone, Wells Fargo employees volunteered more than 1.9 million hours of service to strengthen their communities, including building, repairing, and improving 674 homes across the U.S. with several organizations through Wells Fargo Builds.

“Wells Fargo has again demonstrated its commitment to strengthening the communities it shares,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “Wells Fargo continues to provide the rock-solid support Habitat Broward needs to transform countless lives through the economic empowerment of homeownership.”

The grant will also support the construction of two homes in The Rick Case Habitat Community located in Pompano Beach. When complete The Rick Case Habitat Community will be the largest affordable housing development of single-family homes in Broward’s history, providing 74 homes for hard-working low, income families.

Habitat for Humanity of Broward Appoints New Board Member

Submitted by Trena Brae

Habitat for Humanity of Broward recently appointed a new board member, Kelly Lynn Koenig.Habitat for Humanity of Broward recently appointed a new board member, Kelly Lynn Koenig.

“We are delighted to have Kelly join the board,” said Nancy Robin, Habitat Broward CEO & Executive Director. “We are so impressed by the heart she has for families in need of affordable housing. Kelly served on our Women Build committee and sponsored a home with Keith and City Furniture, and she also co-chaired and co-sponsored our Spirit of Humanity Awards Celebration in 2019. We could not be more excited to have her step up and help us lead this great organization.”

Kelly Koenig had a 35-year career at IBM Corporation and retired in 2018 as a Senior Client Manager. She graduated from FIU with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree in Management Information Systems and also has certifications from SUNY – Purchase College and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition for Health Counseling.

During her career at IBM she participated in organizing customer events, managing team members and business partners to deliver technology solutions and consulting services to C-level executives in the Specialty Retail Industry in South Florida. Her clients included Burger King, Brandsmart, City Furniture, JM Family Enterprises, Lennar Corporation and Tire Kingdom.

She has been active in her community since moving to South Florida with organizations such as Kids in Distress, American Cancer Society, The Humane Society and Junior Achievement. Koenig also chaired the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Boca Raton.

She resides in Plantation with her husband Keith Koenig, CEO of City Furniture. City Furniture has been donating beds to new Habitat Broward homeowners and furniture to Habitat Broward ReStore for more than 16 years, and has sponsored numerous family homes.

Habitat Broward ReStore Reopen

Habitat Broward ReStore Reopen FORT LAUDERDALE – Habitat Broward ReStore is now open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with social distancing protocols and procedures. It is located at 505 W Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale.

Staff will only pick up donated items curbside or from garages. Additional store safety measures are as follows:

• All customers must wear masks
• Remain six feet away from others
• Follow one-way signs
• Maximum of 10 customers at a time

Habitat Broward ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the original retail price. Proceeds from the store are used to help Habitat Broward partner families build better lives for themselves.

Habitat Broward ReStore
505 W Broward Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Habitat Broward ReStore Reopen

Submitted by Trena Brae

FORT LAUDERDALE – Habitat Broward ReStore is now open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with social distancing protocols and procedures. It is located at 505 W Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale.

Staff will only pick up donated items curbside or from garages. Additional store safety measures are as follows:

• All customers must wear masks
• Remain six feet away from others
• Follow one-way signs
• Maximum of 10 customers at a time

Habitat Broward ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the original retail price. Proceeds from the store are used to help Habitat Broward partner families build better lives for themselves.

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