The Burrell Family has been through a lot together. While living in CASA's transitional housing units, the Burrell's misfortunes turned around when they qualified for a Habitat for Humanity home. Aneika Burrell successfully achieved her Habitat sweat equity hours all while living in a shelter, working two jobs and caring for and supporting her family.

All her hard work paid off, because on June 18, Aneika Burrell and her family received their house key from Bill Van Law, the president of Raymond James Investment Advisors Division.

This dedication marks the 10th home for Raymond James, bringing their total donations to $490,243. Raymond James employees volunteered 442 volunteer hours. This converts to almost $6,000 in cash savings on this home alone.

Back in 1962, Bob James founded Raymond James on the principle that putting others first - from our clients to our neighbors - was the right thing to do. His deep commitment to doing what's right remains a core part of who Raymond James is as a company. Raymond James is proud to continue his legacy by investing our time, money and talents into the communities we serve. It's so much more than tradition; it's our way of thanking those who've supported us from the start.

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Special thanks to Raymond James for sponsoring this home. And many thanks to all of the volunteers who helped us build this home!


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We started our 365th home dedication off in the most uplifting way!

New homeowner Sharon Brown celebrated her home dedication with a symbolic butterfly release with her twin sister Karen Borders (also a Habitat homeowner), and some Habitat staff. Everyone watched the transformational experience take place, which symbolized hope and a new beginning for Sharon as she received the key to her new home from her sister Karen.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the dedication including: Habitat Pinellas Board Member Michael Kilpatrick, Habitat Pinellas' Homeowner Services Coordinator Deb Lay, Habitat Homeowner Partner Kathryn Welsh, Dave Gerald of Anona United Methodist Church, Random Acts of Flowers, David Jolly's office, Pinellas County Commissioner Pat Gerard and Vice Mayor of Largo Jamie Robinson.

PHOTO: Karen, Sharon and Habitat's Mike Sutton and Deb Lay release the butterflies that Karen brought to the dedication ceremony as a symbol of transformation and hope.

BUILDER magazine has ranked Habitat for Humanity as the No. 1 private home builder on "BUILDER 100," its annual listing of the largest U.S. home builders. This is the second year in a row Habitat's work across the country has been recognized as a top builder of affordable housing in the U.S.

Each year, BUILDER compiles data from U.S. builders and ranks them by the number of closings for BUILDER 100. With 3,237 closings in 2015, Habitat topped the private home builder list and placed No. 16 on the comprehensive list.

"As a local Habitat affiliate, we are very excited to see Habitat for Humanity recognized as our nation's top private home builder, especially because the homes we build are affordable for limited-income families and individuals who otherwise would not have the opportunity to own a home of their own, " said Mike Sutton, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County. "Last year, Habitat Pinellas helped 32 families achieve their dream of affordable homeownership. For fiscal year 2016, we are on track to increase that number by serving 45 families."

Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County is one of nearly 1,400 Habitat organizations in the U.S. Since 1985, Habitat Pinellas has worked throughout Pinellas County empowering families and helping them achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through decent and affordable housing. Corporate partners help fund Habitat Pinellas' aggressive building goals and community volunteers, who will have contributed over 45,000 volunteer hours for the current fiscal year, help on the construction sites. To date, Habitat Pinellas has built or rehabbed homes for 365 local families and individual homeowners who contributed $336,821.88 to Pinellas County's tax base last year.

Our Habitat Pinellas ReStore and Administrative Office will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.

We will be open our regular hours on Tuesday, May 31st, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thank you for supporting Habitat Pinellas and our ReStore!


We dedicated our 364th home sponsored by Crown Automotive Group to the Rosado/Fleming family! Monday afternoon was filled with sunny skies and joy as Dominic and Kenja received the key from Jim Myers, President of Crown.

Other dedication participants included: Stephani Lavely of U.S. Congressman David Jolly's office, Habitat Pinellas Volunteer Emma Rumple, Dave Gerald of Anona United Methodist Church, Valpak, Random Acts of Flowers and Habitat Site Supervisor Dave Fornek.

Many thanks to Crown Automotive Group for sponsoring their third Habitat Pinellas home and volunteering their time to help us build! We are grateful for your continued support!

PHOTO: From left- Florida House Representative Dwight Dudley, Habitat volunteer Emma Rumple, Crown President Jim Myers and other Crown employees with the Rosado family.

Volunteers are the heartbeat of Habitat for Humanity. Whether you are a builder or have never used a hammer, YOU can make a difference in your community. We're seeking volunteers who are available to help build on our construction site or can help lend a hand at our Habitat Pinellas or Habitat Palm Harbor ReStore.

To see all the positions currently available, please click here.

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This issue features Tampa Bay area corporate partners who help keep Habitat building for local families, photos of our BLUEPRINT Great Gardens gala fundraiser and stories about our Habitat homeowners and amazing volunteers.

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Today three families celebrated the completion of their new Habitat homes during a triple dedication in Clearwater. Amidst well wishes from a crowd of enthusiastic family members, friends, Habitat Pinellassupporters, volunteers and staff members, the Lestoric-Hooton, Williams and Negron-Sanchez families received the keys to their homes sponsored by the Original Hooters, Frenchy's Restaurants and Clearwater Toyota, respectively.

Lesley Richardson of Original Hooters, Michael "Frenchy" Preston of Frenchy's Restaurants and Alfonso Rivezzo of Clearwater Toyota all presented house keys to the families. All three families also received welcome mats from Clearwater Gas and Tempaco. Clearwater Gas, a new energy partner for Habitat Pinellas, provided energy-efficient gas dryers, and gas ranges while Tempaco donated gas tankless water heaters that will save the homeowners approximately 66% on their annual energy bills.

Thank you to Clearwater Gas' Chuck Warrington, Kristi Cheatham-Pettit, Jim McCulley and Tempacos' John Faulkner for participating in our dedication. Manys thanks to George Cretekos, Mayor of Clearwater and all of our dedication participants.

Special thanks to the Original Hooters, Frenchy's Restaurants and Clearwater Toyota for sponsoring these three Habitat homes! Staff volunteers from Clearwater Toyota, Frenchy's and Hooters worked hard to complete their sponsored homes. Thanks for all your hard work!

Welcome home to the Lestoric/Hooton, Williams and Negron/Sanchez families!

Saturday morning we were on a roll with over 100 awesome volunteers who helped paint 12 homes in the Midtown community for Valspar Paint's "Let's Roll" National Neighborhood Week event! Many homes in the Midtown community were completely transformed thanks to the hard work many volunteers put in.

Big thanks to Valspar for donating all the paint and partnering up with Habitat Pinellas!  Many thanks to Habitat's Antwaun Wells for coordinating the event and spreading the word about Habitat's Neighborhood Preservation Partnership.

Thank you to the following Community Sponsors:
Annies Beauty Supply
Assisted Living Community Gardens Inc.
Brister Temple Frontline Ministries
City of St. Petersburg
Community Health Centers of Pinellas, Inc.
Deuces BBQ
GTE Financial
HBI Building Careers
New Faith Free Methodist Church
Pinellas Technical College
Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation
TD Bank
The Deuces Live Food Art Heritage
Walmart Neighborhood Market
World of Life Fellowship Church 

A big round of applause to all the volunteer groups who helped us roll on Saturday! We appreciate your dedication and support!

Seats are still available to watch the Rays take on the Blue Jays on May 17th at 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House! Tickets include complimentary draft beer and wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres, plus one free ticket to an upcoming game.

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Many thanks to Steve and Nancy Westphal for hosting this event and choosing Habitat Pinellas as the beneficiary!