West Oaks Mall Sponsors Affordable Home Construction
Orlando, Fla., July 29, 2008 (RealEstateRama) – Habitat for Humanity Orlando recently dedicated three houses to local families during a home dedication ceremony. Construction costs for all the homes were sponsored by West Oaks Mall, who contributed $200,000 and 600 hours of volunteer labor on the homes.
“These homes are representative of the strength of the Central Florida community and what can be accomplished when we all work together,” said Orange County Commissioner Tiffany Moore-Russell, who participated with the homeowners, their families, volunteers and invited guests during in the event.
Despite the downturn in the home-building market and the increasing demand for affordable housing, Central Florida businesses, donors and volunteers continue to step forward with contributions for new homes.
“We are grateful for the home sponsorships that West Oaks Mall provided for these families,” said Dee Danmeyer, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Orlando. “Their commitment to the community – and to helping our neighbors – sets a remarkable example for the rest of Central Florida.”
After completing more than 300 hours of “sweat equity” and finishing a homeownership course, Orlando residents Rosmo Pierre, Francine James and Joyce Ross received the keys to their new homes. Additionally, members of the community presented the families with housewarming gifts.
“After many years of moving, I wanted my boys to be able to play outside in the backyard,” said homeowner Francine James. “I wanted them to have a place to call home. Now that dream is finally coming true for us.”
About Habitat Orlando
Habitat for Humanity Orlando is a not-for-profit, ecumenical, Christian organization dedicated to transforming the lives of low-income, hard working families through the American dream of home ownership. Rated a four-star charity by Charity Navigator, Habitat Orlando works together with local sponsors, donors and volunteers to build communities and build families throughout Central Florida. To learn more about Habitat Orlando or to make a donation, call (407) 648-4567 or visit www.habitat-orlando.org.