Habitat Osceola Blog

Join us for a HabiTour!

Posted by on Feb 14, 2011 in Habitat for Humanity Florida Events | 0 comments

Would you like to learn more about the mission Habitat for Humanity? What better way than to hang out with us for an hour?

Habitat for Humanity of Osceola County will now be hosting monthly tours of our office, ReStore, and warehouse! Come join us the 4th Thursday of every month from Noon – 1pm starting February 24. Habitour takes place at our ReStore at 2340 N. Orange Blossom Trail in Kissimmee, FL. Enjoy a FREE lunch and a presentation on what our affiliate is doing in the county and how you can get involved! Email info@habitatosceola.org to RSVP.

 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

12 Homes Before 2012

Posted by on Feb 2, 2011 in Florida Donations | 0 comments

Everyone has heard the saying, “Great things come in small packages.”

Well not so different is another quote. Margaret Mead said, “Never underestimate the power of a small group of people to change the world.” This quote can be very inspirational to small, locally run nonprofits working to tackle a problem way beyond their grasp. However, this quote can also be misleading. Just because a small group of people may be able to initiate change in our world, it surely doesn’t happen because they keep to themselves and tackle it on their own. And even if you do believe that a small group of people can change our world that doesn’t mean you are off the hook because they don’t need your help. No, not at all. What it means is that it only takes a small group of people who, if done correctly, can ignite a fire that will move through thousands, millions, billions of people and make our world a better place.

Need an example of this? Take a look through a History book. Martin Luther King Jr. was ONE man who had a dream. He shared that dream and changed the course of history forever. Not unlike Dr. King, a man by the name of Millard Fuller had a vision of “partnership housing” in order to provide safe and decent shelter for every human being. Millard founded Habitat for Humanity International in 1976 and since then has served over 2 million people worldwide.

Habitat Osceola is learning from these leaders and taking charge in the new year. Since our founding in 1997 we have built 12 homes, but this year we are going to double that number. We are going to build or renovate 12 homes before 2012 and we need your help. We are a small group of passionate people hoping to light a fire beneath this community. Unity. It is right there inside the word community. Homelessness and hunger are on the rise in this county but it can be stopped if we understand the importance of serving and taking care of each other.

Help us put at least 12 families into homes this year so that they may grow and flourish to all God intends. Do whatever you can. Whether it is $5 or $50,000, it makes a difference. We have the properties and there is no shortage of hard-working, yet hurting families in this county. All we need are the funds to cover construction costs. Help us build 12 Homes Before 2012 and take one big step toward making our community better for everyone.

Donate at http://habitatosceola.org/donate.php

New Year, New Community, New You

Posted by on Dec 30, 2010 in Florida Donations, Habitat for Humanity Osceola News | 0 comments

You make one every year. Whether it is to lose weight, exercise more, quit smoking, or eat more vegetables, a new year’s resolution is made.  Every new year we choose something to “change” about ourselves in order to be a “better person.” And every year, come February or March, that resolution slowly melts away with the warming temperatures.  Maybe the reason our committments die out after a few months is because we are going about this “change” in a completely wrong way. The American lifestyle, being as individualistic as is it, can lead us to constantly be thinking about “ME,” “MYSELF,” and “I,” when the changes we wish to see in ourselves can most often times be found by thinking about “OTHERS.” 

If you think about the big moments that shaped your life and who you are as a person, they probably had little to do with “YOU.” They might have been church mission trips, helping out a friend during a hard time, or having a friend help you. The action of giving and receiving love is one that can truly change a person’s soul and there are many people in this world who are waiting and needing to be “changed by love.”

So you still want to lose weight or quit smoking this year? Do it! But also try adding volunteering to your resolution list. There are hundreds of organization in and around Osceola County that would love your helping hands and trade skills. No time to volunteer? Try committing to an ongoing donation. Ten dollars a month can go a long way to help those in need but will only get you two drinks at Starbucks.

Here at Habitat for Humanity of Osceola County we are making some new year’s resolutions of our own. In 2011 we aim to be more visual in the community. We want all of our county residents to know who we are, where we are, and what we do. We also plan to better understand the needs of our community by taking the time to conduct research. And we have set the goal to put 20 deserving families into Habitat homes in the coming year, but we will need your help to do it!

If you are looking to make a new year’s resolution that will “change” you on the inside, instead of making a resolution for yourself, make a resolution for your community. Whether it be to help children, elderly, disabled, or animals, choose your passion and begin to feel the act of giving back fulfill your life in ways you never imagined. So what are you waiting for? This year don’t stress over a senseless diet.  Choose a resolution that will last all year and will change your life and the lives of those around you.

Call 407-343-1900 to speak with our volunteer coordinator about how you can give back to Osceola County with Habitat!

A Brush With Kindness

Posted by on Nov 3, 2010 in Florida Donations | 0 comments

A Brush with Kindness
Do you or a neighbor need A Brush with Kindness?

A Brush with Kindness is a program that helps preserve homeownership by partnering with homeowners struggling to restore and maintain a safe and decent place to live. When basic expenses exceed income month after month, home maintenance is the usual casualty. Years of deferred maintenance can cause a downward spiral of home deterioration and unsafe living conditions. (more…)