Sweat Equity Homes

Two posts down I showed the invitation that was sent out by the  Lake Worth CRA.  They along with Habitat for Humanity are the main players of this significant program known as the NSP2.  Definitely I should mention they do the paperwork (the office stuff)  the rest is all volunteers.  Over the months I’ve attended most of the dedications and dutifully took photos.  Rather than go on with words, when pictures say so much more I will just note some highlights that explain what I’ve seen.  The list of volunteers are awesome and surprising.  Between these two last dedications the volunteers who stepped up and put in time (lets not forget in this heat) were: Lake Osbourne Presbyterian Church+Pond Planet (Team Build)+Charles Schwab in photo above (Team Build)+PB State College Black Student Union+ Hilton Suites+Dreyfoos School of the Arts+West Pine Church Life Skills+Adopt a Family of Palm Beaches and ST. Peter’s Methodist Church+Avid Club-Santaluces High School+Golftown High School+Ritz Carlton+BB&T(TeamBuild)+Notre Dame Club of Lake Worth+Caler, Donte, & Levine and  all summer long from LW High School This young lady on the left below.  WOW!     The new home owners come with stories of struggles, perseverance and due diligence.  All of them are required to put in 300 hours prior to taking possession.  They have to meet the requirements set forth by the CRA and Habitat for Humanity.  One of the requirements is to be debt free, no mean task for most of us. They are then monitored throughout the process and there after so that they maintain the status quo.   The dedication is witnessed by the very volunteers who put in hours along side the new owners and well wishers.  These are not refurbished homes they are pulled down to the studs and rebuilt.  They have hurricane windows, cb stucco construction, washer dryer, energy efficient appliances included.  Most have 2 bathrooms, bedrooms according to the need of the family.  Now the neighbors have to keep up with the Jonses (a figure of speech).  I haven’t tired of the Welcome given by Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Bernard Godek.  Then comes the welcome by our Mayor Pam Triolo.   Then someone designated from the CRA says a few words.  Chip Guthrie had the honors the other day and he was inspring.  Noting how important the new owners participation in the neighborhood is.  They will become the standard bearers.  This has already happened, one of the new home owners seen above Yolanda serves on the Tree Board  as well as Secretary of Royal Poinciana NA.   A few more words, introductions and special presentations follow.  One of the touching moments is the blessing of the home with hands on the house  a prayer.  Followed with the  exciting ribbon cutting always a photo op.  It’s not official till those precious keys are handed over to the new home owner  and then every one is invited in, for a look see.  The brand spanking new everything house. It doesn’t stop there as right around the corner I saw another home already being built.                 23 million can buy and build a lot of houses  for the first time home owner.  In the photo below, handing over the keys is  a volunteer turned homeowner himself.  Only in America.   

About Lake Worth Florida by the moment the source of inspiration

A former Unite Press International photographer. Spent 9 years with Cruise Ship Photos of London. Moved to Lake Worth from Coconut Grove, with artist husband Fred Hunt. Never leaves the house without a camera. Writes another blog "One Ear Society" dealing with the ins and outs of the art world. Closed her Art Gallery in Coconut Grove after 17 years to relocate in Lake Worth.
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1 Response to Sweat Equity Homes

  1. Sally Welsh says:

    Keep me on the FB communication line!

    Sent from my iPad


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