Alachua Habitat and Santa Fe College Celebrate Partnership with Home Dedication

July 14, 2014


Alachua Habitat and Santa Fe College Celebrate Partnership with Home Dedication


GAINESVILLE – It has been a long time since Alachua Habitat for Humanity (AHFH) family partner Susan Weaver lived in a house.


“I never thought I’d have my own home again,” she said. “Then I met the people at Alachua Habitat and it all fell into place.”


AHFH will present the house key to Weaver at the home dedication at 9316 SW 92nd St. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 9 a.m.


Weaver said she is most excited for the opportunity to turn a house into a home. As a homeowner she is able to enjoy small pleasures such as gardening, owning pets and having guests, all of which were limited at her previous apartment complex.


“I am really looking forward to staying in the same place for the rest of my life, and making it my own,” she said.


This marks the fourth Habitat for Humanity home built inside the Charles R. Perry Construction Institute at Santa Fe College in collaboration with Santa Fe College students, Builders Association of North Central Florida (BANCF) apprentices and the Student Builders Association, and Alachua Habitat for Humanity volunteers.


“The program symbolizes the mutually beneficial nature of unity and collaboration,” Scott Winzeler, Executive Director of Alachua Habitat for Humanity said. “Not only will it allow an AHFH partner family a hand-up opportunity to become a home-owner, but it will also give Santa Fe College students and apprentices a construction experience while pursuing their education.” 


The land for the home was donated by Bank of America Charitable Foundation.  


Alachua Habitat homes are supported by donations, grants and the Family Partner Program zero interest mortgage payments. Habitat is a hand-up to a home owner not a hand-out, meaning all homeowners assume a zero interest mortgage for their homes at the end of their 400 committed sweat equity hours. The principle fund paid by the homeowner transfer into a revolving account that helps build more Habitat for Humanity homes.