Habitat Homes Dedicated in Oakland and East Winter Garden
West Orange Habitat For Humanity (WOHFH) recently dedicated two homes in Oakland for the Galindez and Zeisloft families. The completed homes represent two of four homes built during this, their 25th anniversary year.
Nick Shannin, a past President of the not for profit organization welcomed the families, guests and neighbors, saying that West Orange Habitat had never had the opportunity to welcome two new homeowners at the same time, announcing that these were the 8th and 9th homes built in Oakland and the 31st and 32nd in West Orange County.
Reverendo Angel Espinosa of the New Jerusalem Church offered the Invocation, followed by Congressman Dan Webster, who has worked on many Habitat houses over the years, commented that “blood, sweat and tears were involved” in these projects, which he personally experienced. Oakland Town Manager Dennis Foltz welcomed the families and gave them his business card stating that they could contact him directly at anytime. Dennis also introduced newly appointed Commissioner Sal Remos, who provided another “Welcome to the Town” in Spanish, followed by Winter Garden Commissioner Bobby Olszewski, who gave the ultimate greeting by stating, “Welcome Home”!
A brief but poignant history of West Orange Habitat For Humanity was delivered by Vice President Jim Gustino, and by the WOHFH presentations to the families that followed. Assistant Construction Team Manager Duane Walterhouse, who gave Toolboxes, spoke about the satisfaction in building the homes, thanked the volunteers who made the homes a reality, thanking also, the suppliers and donors for their support throughout the construction process.
A Christian based organization, emphasizing the importance of God and Country, WOHFH’s Family Selection Committee Co-Chairman, Bob Tate presented both families with a Bible, and the American Flag, and Board Member, Website and Volunteer Coordinator, Jim McQuillan presented each family with the Adirondack chair, built by Construction Team Manager Fred Borsoni, who was unable to attend the dedication.
As the formal ceremony came to a close by the “Prayer for Shelter” delivered by Clarence Barber, West Orlando Ministries, each of the homeowners made final remarks: Maria Galindez said “I’m so happy; this is my dream.” Ashley Zeisloft echoed that sentiment, adding a special thanks to her Mother for her support and for looking after her children while she completed the required Habitat Classes, and the Sweat Equity agreement. Both homeowners gratefully acknowledged Shirley Rivers, Chairman of WOHFH’s Family Support Committee. Ms. Rivers guides the homeowners through the construction process and related issues as well as their responsibilities throughout.
“This is the Angel Lady”, said Ms. Galindez.
The dedication was followed by a ribbon cutting at each of the houses, a tour of the homes and refreshments.
WOHFH Call To Action:
As West Orange Habitat For Humanity ends 2016, we look forward to building additional homes in partnership with St. Luke’s U.M. Church and St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church. The mission is to build affordable housing for low income families who qualify for the program and invest 300 hours of “sweat equity” in the building of their home. Homeowners pay for the house through an interest free mortgage that WOHFH carries. In order to continue this work, they need your help to increase the tax deductible donations to the ReStore (thrift store), planning additional fundraising activities, and accept Cash, Credit and Debit Card donations.
To donate, you may drop off items at the ReStore, 13369 West Colonial Drive, Winter Garden FL 34787 or please call the Store Manager Aaron Vasilko at 407.905.0406 to schedule a pick up.
If Cash donations are preferred, please make checks payable to WOHFH, and mail to the Treasurer, Sally Lorenz, P.O. Box 38 , Oakland, FL 34760
If you, a Church or a Business has an interest in sponsoring a house or donating property, please contact Wallace Wilson at 407.694.5969.
West Orange Habitat For Humanity