Keeping on track with our “Build Them by the Dozen” campaign, Halifax Habitat for Humanity celebrated three ceremonies on Saturday, June 25th. Although the clouds threatened to downpour rain during the two groundbreakings and ho use dedication, the weather decided to bless the sites with a mist instead. The first two of the three celebrations started on Wright Street in Daytona Beach. The two adjacent lots will be the future homes for the Farina family and the Hemphill family. Lot #1 is house #88 for HHH and is being sponsored by RepairOne®.
(Pictured right: Todd Hayes, along with HHH President Phil Maroney, break ground with the Farina family at their new home site)
RepairOne® is sponsoring the home as part of the company’s One Home, One Family initiative, and will provide a team of owners, employees, customers, friends and family members to work side-by-side with HHH Family Partner Geney Farina and her son Andrew during construction. And, for the first time at HHH, a web cam will be installed on the site to allow the family and community to monitor construction progress at www.RepairOne.com. This house is also supported by generous funding from the HFHI Southeast Region office.
“We’re proud to sponsor this build with Halifax Habitat for Humanity and help a local family realize their dream of home ownership,” said Todd Hayes, RepairOne® Founding Partner. “Our entire team is excited to be involved in this project and make a real difference in the life of this family.”
Todd Hayes addresses the attendees of the Wright St. Groundbreaking Ceremony
Mildred Hemphill and her sons, Richard and Michael, will be building their Habitat house on Lot #2 on Wright Street. They look forward to working alongside their Habitat neighbors, the Farina family, and starting construction in late summer. The Richard S. Vought Memorial Fund is house sponsor of the Hemphill’s future home. Mr. Vought was a man with a very generous heart who had made provisions in his estate for a number of local charities. Trustees Lela and Thomas Garretson and Bob and Gloria Martin describe him as a kind person who was a good neighbor and friend as well as a World War II Veteran who had served bravely.
(Pictured on right: President Phil Maroney, along with DB Commissioner Gwen Azama-Edwards, joins the Hemphill family to break ground for their new home)
The land for both homes on Wright St. was donated to HHH by the City of Daytona Beach and Consolidated–Tomoka Land Co. After the two groundbreakings which marked house #11 and #12 for this fiscal year, the crowd moved to Marion Street to celebrate Rekita Lee’s House dedication.
The Lee family house, sponsored by Sodexho USA, was the first “Student Build” for HHH, giving local students an opportunity to participate in the build. Sodexho USA, led by Senior VP Fred Formichella, not only provided the funding for the house, but staff also arranged several work days to join in the construction on the house. As the leader in campus food services, Sodexho provided a beautiful buffet luncheon for all of the house dedication guests.
(Pictured above: Fred Formichella thanks HHH for the opportunity to build this home with Rekita Lee and her family)
Sodexho District Manager Rodney Cruise and ERAU/Sodexho liaison Kathy Welch worked closely with HHH during the construction on Rekita’s house. HHH applauds their dedication and hard work in making this new partnership a success.