Habitat Stories

Habitat for Humanity is making a difference in the lives of people in Lakeland, Florida. These personal stories from Habitat partner families illustrate the impact that safe, affordable and stable housing can have on the lives of people in need.

“Home Décor Boutique” – A New Addition to Our Furniture Thrift Store

It was not that long ago that we renovated our Furniture Thrift Building to look like a showroom. Now we have added to that our “Home Décor Boutique.”

On October 18, we celebrated the opening with on-site broadcasting with Roger & Craig from WPCV Country in the morning and with Mike from MAX 98 during the lunch hour. Two of our board members served hot dogs and drinks, while our friendly staff greeted customers. Ann Shaw was the winner of our $50 gift basket drawing. Our staff and volunteers at the ReStore value our customers and were happy to share this day with them.

The “Home Décor Boutique” area is a combination of old and new furniture, glassware, collectibles, fine china and much more. There are items you may see in fine antique stores that are being sold in the boutique at greatly reduced prices. We are blessed to acquire these items through generous donors who are downsizing their estates.

If you are moving, renovating, downsizing or just cleaning out, please call us and we will pick up large quantities/items. All proceeds from our ReStore stay in our community to build and renovate homes for low income and elderly community members. To schedule a pickup, please call 863-688-4660.

Condo Makeover All From The ReStore

Sherry Hammond, Owner of S & H Printing, purchased a condo for rehab.  After visiting the ReStore to see what was available, Sherry decided she could save herself a lot of money.  After multiple visits each week for a couple of months, she had everything her handyman needed to complete the project.  Here are just a few of the many items you will see in the picture that were purchased at the ReStore:

All Appliances
Cabinets & Countertops
Tile Flooring
Laminate Flooring
White Paint for Time, including Paint Supplies
Kitchen Sink
Area Rugs – 5’ x 7’ Size

Sherry became a familiar face and became a friend to all of our ReStore Team.

In Loving Memory - Joe Mayo

Joe Mayo

There really are no words that can say how much Joe will be missed by all of us at Lakeland Habitat. It is hard to talk about Joe without mentioning his wife Sue.  It seems like they were always together. Both have been a part of Lakeland Habitat since the 1990s. Whether Joe was visiting a potential homeowner with Sue, or on the job site swinging a hammer and working alongside homeowners, no one worked harder than he did.  Joe was a quiet man who put his love and faith into action. He once told me that as a Christian, he believed he had a responsibility to serve where he could and working with Habitat gave him a means of drawing nearer to God.

Joe’s wife Sue and her family are sponsoring the building of a home in Joe’s memory. We expect to start JOE’s HOUSE in October. A notice will be sent out when we have the start date with an invitation to all of Joe’s family and friends to come out and help build this home in his memory. And of course we know Joe will be there watching over us!

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