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We are again partnering with other faith groups in Manatee County on a Habitat for Humanity Faith Build. Through a $2500 contribution, donations of snacks and drinks for volunteer workdays, other supply donations, and work days (Wed., Thurs. or Sat), Palma Sola and Westminster are helping to provide an affordable and green home for a qualifying family. Our first work day for this build was Saturday, October 22, during which we landscaped and installed roof plywood and interior wall frames.

This Faith Build home is unique as there are special needs accommodations to take into consideration. The future homeowner, Yvette Vazquez, works as a private duty home health aide with Manatee County Rural Health. She is a single mom who started working at the age of 12 helping her mother who always made sure there was food on the table and a roof over their heads. Yvette brings this same strength and determination to caring for her own son Jose, who is wheelchair bound. Yvette says “Providing him with a stable home so he doesn’t have to worry is very important to me. Jose is my world and he’s my reason to keep moving forward.”

Habitat for Humanity partners with people in their own community to help build or improve a place for someone to call their forever home. Habitat homeowners help build their own home alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Building practices incorporate as many green, cost-efficient initiatives as possible to help keep the homeowner’s expenses down and increase their quality of life.

Habitat is celebrating its 27th year in Manatee County and has built almost 150 homes: building 5-6 houses a year at an average cost of $140,000-$150,000 not including land, infrastructure, etc. Funding comes from a variety of city and county sources as well as corporate sponsors and community groups.