November 20, 2014
Local Family Celebrates Thanksgiving in a New Alachua Habitat for Humanity Home
Gainesville – Saturday a local Gainesville family celebrates the true spirit of Thanksgiving at the dedication of their new Alachua Habitat for Humanity home at 1123 NE SR26 at 9:00AM.
The abandoned home with three acres was acquired by Habitat for Humanity through a grant donation program with Chase Bank. The home was completely rehabbed using more than 300 volunteers and 2080 volunteers’ hours.
“Chase is firmly committed to helping families pursue affordable homeownership through our home donation program,” said Ronald Branch, Vice President of Community Reinvestment & Community Partnerships for Chase. “We are pleased to partner with Alachua Habitat for Humanity, which shares our commitment to revitalize neighborhoods and help low-to-moderate income families achieve affordable and sustainable homeownership.”
After moving to Gainesville in 2009 from Miami, the Profit family’s dream of a new life for their children was crushed when the home they were expecting to buy fell through. They did not abandon their dream. In 2012, after attending an Alachua Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Orientation, their hope was renewed and they were accepted into the Habitat program. An extraordinary 2080 volunteer hours later, the Profit’s new home is ready for occupancy.
For new homeowner and mother, Shaniqua Profit, the most important part about their new home is the accessibility for her and her two physically handicapped sons, Louis Jr. and Robert, 4th and 6th grade students attending Lake Forest Elementary School and Lincoln Middle School respectively. Both children are ecstatic about having their own bedrooms in a place they can call home.
The home where they have been renting has been a challenge as it was not handicap accessible. Their new home is now completely handicap accessible inside and out.
“The Profits are an extraordinary family,” Kristine Thompson, Family Services Program Director. “They have touched the hearts of all who came into contact with them. The family’s joy and appreciation and thankfulness have endeared them to all who have met them. This family just embodies the Habitat mission to build homes, communities and hope.”
Join us at the dedication of the Profit’s home on Saturday, Nov. 22, 9:00AM at 1123 NE State Road 26.