In the Community

Habitat for Humanity

Local builders join Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando as part of nationwide Home Builders Blitz

During the week of June 6-10, professional homebuilders from across the country will help nearly 250 families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter during Habitat for Humanity’s annual Home Builders Blitz.

In Orlando, Bellavista Group is one of eight homebuilders helping nine area families build a place they can call home.

The nine homes will be constructed at the nonprofit’s Butler’s Preserve community, which is slated to have 59 homes at completion in mid-2017 (51 single family and four duplex units)

Meet Your 2016 Home Builders Blitz Homeowner, Melissa

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The bond that is shared between Melissa and her fourteen-year-old daughter Jazmine is like no other. Melissa was previously homeless and credits her strong determination and faith for overcoming life's obstacles. She is currently living in a re-developed hotel room that only provides a small refrigerator in the kitchen. Though Melissa works full-time as a cashier at Walmart, she does her best to spend as much time as possible with her daughter.

Completing 300 hours of sweat equity was a challenge since Melissa takes the bus, but she was committed to get it done and has continued to volunteer. Once her sweat equity was complete, Melissa included her daughter in the process and let her pick out the finishes and colors of their home. Melissa is extremely proud that Jazmine continues to excel in school so she can be successful in the future. Becoming a Habitat homeowner will allow Melissa to continue to thrive as a mother, give Jazmine the space she needs to study and provide a kitchen where they can cook and spend quality time together.