Happy New Year! July 1st marked the first day of the new program year for Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity. Even during a time of great uncertainty and many changes, we are so excited about all that we have been able to accomplish with God and the help of our faithful supporters.

Since July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 we’ve had 5 homeowners pay off their mortgages, and we’ve added 2 additional homeowner families to our roll, for a total of 43 active mortgages in our portfolio. This past program year, close to 100 volunteers logged nearly 1500 volunteer hours between the ReStores and our Construction sites. Our active homeowners contributed $23,000 to the tax rolls, and our ReStores diverted nearly 50 tons of discarded goods from the landfill.

To stay connected with you and all of our supporters, donors, volunteers and families, we’ve launched our new website, we’ve revamped our social media pages, and we’ve revitalized our newsletter.

As we are continuing our Hurricane Michael Disaster Rebuilds, we are determined to help our communities BUILD BACK BETTER. We’re being intentional with our plans and we’re going BIG and BUILDING HOMES!

After her rental home was destroyed by Hurricane Michael in October 2018, single mom and Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity homeowner partner Tiffany Richardson was forced to move into a small travel trailer with her four children Kaylee (10, not pictured), Rynen (6), Kyndall (3), and Kynedi (9 months). During a thunderstorm in 2019, shortly after her acceptance into the Habitat housing program, the travel trailer sustained damage, which caused the growth of mold and required a portion of the structure to be closed off, leaving the family with even less space.

Tiffany, who works for the Jackson County Health Department, was also diagnosed with cancer in 2020. Her partnership with Habitat for Humanity will not only provide her family with affordable shelter but will also give her peace of mind and a safe place to recover as she undergoes treatment.

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Opportunities abound to volunteer at Chipola Area Habitat for Humanity and every individual who selflessly donates their time is vital to the success of the organization. Because volunteers are so important to our cause, we are pleased to announce that Shelby O’Connor has joined our team in the position of Volunteer Coordinator.

Shelby is a familiar face to many within our community; a native to Marianna and graduate of Chipola College, she has also volunteered at the Chipola affiliate office and on our build sites. She has extensive experience in customer service and is eager to tap into that expertise to revitalize and expand Chipola Habitat’s volunteer program.

Learn more about volunteering with Chipola Habitat here.

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