In 1998, as part of an effort to increase building capacity, Alachua Habitat for Humanity purchased a 15.25 acre plot of land to provide for the creation of a new Habitat community, Celebration Oaks. For several years, the affiliate prepared the necessary engineering, surveying, and permitting for this 30-home community located in southeast Gainesville. Each of these homes was built entirely through the efforts of volunteer construction crews and future homeowners with funds donated by area citizens.
The official groundbreaking took place on January 22, 2004, and since that time 30 homes have been completed. Celebration Oaks is now a community of 30 families, featuring three and four bedroom single family residences. This neighborhood is unlike other communities in our area in that families worked alongside volunteers and other homeowners to construct these homes. Hence, each family is well acquainted with their neighbors, offering a real sense of community throughout the 30-home development.
All types of donations – including cash, securities, personal property, real property, in-kind gifts, foundation grants, corporate gifts and payroll deductions – helped to make this a successful venture.