Zonta Club Helps Habitat in Providing Homes for Single Moms in SWFL


Zonta Club, a well-known, socio civic organization worldwide, has  provided its assistance with Habitat for Humanity in providing newly rehabilitated homes for single mothers located in areas around southwest Florida.

Its newest project was a home in Bonita Springs located just off in Rosemary Drive. This 3 bedroom and two bath home may appear newly constructed but is actually a foreclosed property that has been rehabilitated.

The recipient of the refurbished home is Ms. Brandice Flores, a resident of the area with two young daughters, aged 7 years old and 10 months old. This single mother of two is very ecstatic with their newly refurbished with clean tiled floors, newly painted wall and clear windows.

The turnover ceremonies were marked by a simple yet lively party, where all the 40 volunteers were guests sharing a fare of hotdogs, baked beans and drinks.

This project is part of Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program that provides rehabilitated homes to qualified single mothers usually around Mother’s Day.   The previous recipients of this housing program of Habitat were two single mothers living in Cape Coral last May.

Habitat for Humanity first started its housing projects in Lee County back in 1980.  Ever since then, more than 90 families who have been under Habitat for Humanity housing program have fully paid off their mortgages.Although the program is aimed towards single mothers and asking for assistance from  women’s organizations, male recipients and socio civic organizations are also welcomed by Habitat  as explained by its vice president for community outreach for Lee and Hendry counties, Ms. Cheryl Garn.TheZonta Club, a well-known socio-civic organization for women, have included Habitat’s Women Build program as one of its causes this year as reported by Ms. Patty Gift, the president of the Bonita Springs chapter.

This house rehabilitation project was initiated by the Bonita Springs chapter of the Zonta Club.   The existing home needed a lot of work which is why Zonta Club also received additional assistance from other chapters in Sanibel- Captiva and also in Fort Myers.  The total the number of volunteers for this project totaled to 54 members.
Habitat has also help Lee and Hendry counties in reducing the area’s housing stock by buying pre-existing homes and refurbishing these for qualified families.  There were 70 homes that were rehabilitated in the fiscal year 2010 to 2011.  The cost or rehabilitating existing homes is less than newly constructed ones.
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