Happy holidays!

The Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity ReStores will be closing for Christmas at noon on Dec. 23rd with normal hours resuming on Tuesday, Dec. 27. They will also be closed Saturday, Dec. 31st, with normal shopping hours resuming on Tuesday, Jan. 3rd.

Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity’s administration offices will be closed for Christmas Friday, Dec. 23rd through Tuesday, Dec. 27. They will also be closed Friday, January 30th through Tuesday, Jan. 3rd.

Infographic that features the Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity logo at the top and reads: The Habitat Model. Fund then Build then Educate then Buy then Reinvest and then has an arrow showing that the cycle repeats.

There’s more to Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity than the ReStore!

Do you know how the Habitat model works? It starts with people just like you! Individuals, corporations, and communities of faith fund home construction through their donations. ReStores also contribute. Your purchases of donated home goods bring in profit that is used to fund Habitat’s programs.  Ever wonder how to get a Habitat house? Homeownership applicants are approved based on their needs, ability to afford a mortgage (no, they aren’t free!), and willingness to put in “sweat equity” volunteer hours. Homeowner partners also attend sessions that prepare them for the reality of owning their own homes. Volunteers come together with staff and homeowner partners to help build the houses, and completed homes are purchased with a no-or-low interest mortgage.

At Chipola Habitat, we often say that our impact is seen in the 82 homes we’ve completed, but this is an oversimplification; imagine the number of family members living in those homes. Chipola Habitat impacts the community as well, not just through increased tax revenue, but also through partnerships with municipalities, workforce and economic development teams, and our educational system. We work hard to ensure that citizens have the necessary environment to thrive.

Chipola Habitat is a very vocal advocate for home affordability and a strong opponent to substandard housing. We believe in leading the way by ensuring all our homes are built beyond code and certified energy efficient. Want to get involved? Volunteer, donate, or sponsor a home today!

This morning Chipola Habitat Executive Director Carmen D. Smith accepted a donation from Jimmy Turner, Financial Center Manager, First Commerce Credit Union of Marianna.

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A huge thank-you to the First Commerce team for their continued support of Habitat’s mission. Support like this is a cornerstone of the work we do, and we are so grateful for everyone who donates or volunteers with us!

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