BREVARD COUNTY — For decades, Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Inc. has been lending a helping hand to residents in need of housing, and to date has served 450 families.
For single mother Kamesha Mack, having Habitat for Humanity on her side has made all of the difference.
“Being a part of the Habitat homeownership program is such a blessing,” Ms. Mack said. “It gives me the opportunity to own a home that I know I can afford. It is such a wonderful feeling knowing that I can provide a safe home for my children to grow up in.”
From the Financial Education classes that has taught Ms. Mack about managing money and saving to the staff who has gone “above and beyond” in helping her get the better job she wanted, Habitat for Humanity has made a life-changing impact.
“It is hard to put in words how much Habitat is changing my life,” Ms. Mack said. “It has taught me that family isn't always about blood, it is the people in life that help you to become that better, stronger version of yourself, and do your best for your family. Habitat for Humanity is part of my family now.”
Habitat for Humanity will build her house soon as part of its Faith Build.
Now that businesses are slowly re-opening its doors to the public, the Habitat ReStore thrift store is back open with temporary hours, and will boost the nonprofit’s finances as housing projects are underway.
Its new temporary hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with all donations, pick-ups and deliveries curbside only.
“The Restore is a large financial contributor for the affiliate and not having it open, along with no donation drop-offs or pick-ups, was a challenge,” said Anna Terry, interim executive director/vice president of operations and ReStore. “We are happy to be back open.”
While the COVID-19 pandemic has been responsible for hindering many local businesses and nonprofits from operating at full capacity, Habitat for Humanity of Brevard has been able to continue its services to those in need.
Volunteers play an important role in building houses, and the nonprofit is looking for individuals to assist with builds once the pandemic subsides and sustains. Habitat for Humanity of Brevard is currently structuring a new volunteer format to keep everyone safe.
“Our construction team was able to continue working, and each one of our families were personally contacted and supported about their mortgages and other needs they may have,” said Carey Gleason, vice president of development.
Habitat for Humanity of Brevard is even preparing for an exciting new venture in June – its first female veterans’ home.
“This will be the first of our planned Female Veteran’s Village in Cocoa,” Ms. Gleason said. “Plans for ground breaking of new homes is in the fall, and we continue to strategically move forward as we serve our mission for families to have affordable workforce housing in our community.”
Through putting faith in action, Habitat for Humanity seeks to bring people together to build homes, community and hope without proselytizing.
For more information, visit www.brevardhabitat.com.