Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County, Inc. held a free orientation on becoming a Habitat homeowner on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Approximately 76 people attended and were presented with valuable information about the qualifications and steps required to complete the program. Topics included an overview of the program, eligibility criteria, required documentation and tips on becoming ready for home ownership. Light refreshments were provided by Capital City Bank, Crystal River, FL. For information about becoming a Habitat homeowner, call (352) 563-2744.
Pictured: E. George Rusaw, President/CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County, Inc. presenting information to orientation
Thank You Realtor's Association of Citrus County, Inc.
for sponsoring House #174 on July 14, 2018.
Thank You Publix Super Markets Charities
for sponsoring House #165 on June 23, 2018.
Capital City Bank Group Foundation Presents Check to Habitat for Humanity
On June 21, 2018, Capital City Bank in Crystal River, FL presented Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County, Inc. with a Capital City Bank Group Foundation (CCBG) check in the amount of $5,000. The CCBG is a non-profit organization designed to invest in initiatives they believe contribute to building a strong community. The mission of the Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the community and only provides funds to local non-profit organizations. Habitat’s mission is to build strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with families in need of decent and affordable housing in Citrus County.
Pictured left to right: Bart Bennett, Retail Business Banker, Capital City Bank, Crystal River, FL; Cindy Clark, District Operations Manager, Capital City Bank, Crystal River, FL; E. George Rusaw, President/CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County, Inc.; Tyler Stapleton, President, Capital City Bank, Crystal River, FL; Rose Strawn, Family Services Director, Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County, Inc.; David Caldwell, Business Banker, Capital City Bank, Crystal River, FL
Thank you Angelo’s Restaurants for Supporting Habitat for Humanity. During the month of April 2018 Angelo’s Restaurants held a fundraiser benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County. Five percent of sales were donated to Habitat when customers presented their server with an event flyer. A total of $50.00 was raised and a check presented to Habitat on June 1, 2018. Angelo’s plans to hold another similar fundraising event in the fall of 2018. Thank you for supporting Habitat!
Thank you to Advanced Disposal of Citrus County for donating hundreds of clean and cosmetically nice garbage cans to the Habitat ReStores. The cans are available at both ReStores ranging in price from $10 - $30. Their generous donation helps Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County continue their efforts to build safe and affordable homes for families.
Thank You Eagle Buick GMC for sponsoring House #163 on May 19, 2018.
Thank you Senior Friends for Life! Senior Friends for Life held a luncheon on May 9th, 2018 and presented Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County with a donation.
Thank you to Gulf To Lake Marine & Trailers
for sponsoring House #164 on May 5, 2018
2018 Volunteer Presidential Service Award Recipients
Bronze Award Recipients - Picured Left to Right: Susan Kalbrenner, Barbara Diaz, John Evans. Absent from photo: Rose Lynn, Beth O'Brien, Nancy O'Neil, Eileen Procunier, Mary Jane Schmitt.
Silver Award Recipients - Pictured Left to Right: Joy Andrews, Sue Ward, Sandra Zerbe. Absent from photo: Torben Andersen
Gold Award Recipients - Pictured Left to Right: Beverly Clark, Marge Copley, Mryta Fontaine, Joanne Hopkins, Donna Taudte, Jean Pike, Lavonne Watkins. Absent from photo: Maxine Bigley, Bill Burns, Cathy Davis, Dave Powell, Tony Rawluk, Alyssa Ritchey, Karen Sayre.
2018 Donor Appreciation Presentations
Thank you to all the gift donors who make every home dedication special for our new homeowners.
Thank you Lecanto High School National Honor Society
Lecanto High School National Honor Society students presented Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County with a $1350.00 check on Friday, April 20, 2018. The students held a Spring Fling 5K run on March 24, 2018 at Lecanto High School. Thirty Eight National Honor Society students planned, organized and participated in the event, under the guidance of Ms. Jessica Price, Lecanto High School Spanish Teacher and National Honor Society Advisor. The successful event, featuring a 5K run, a fun run, costume contest and music resulted in $1,350.00 being raised for Habitat. The students presented Habitat for Humanity with a check on April 20, 2018.
On left: Lecanto High School National Honor Society Students presenting a check to Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County. Representing Habitat and holding check are (on left) Toni McAndrews, Marketing and Volunteer Coordinator and (on right) Amy Engelken, Chief Operating Officer. On right: Runners at the Lecanto High School 5k run held on March 24, 2018.
Thank you First Lutheran Church of Inverness, FL
Thank you to the First Lutheran Church of Inverness for their $1,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County on April 11, 2018. The church designated Habitat the recipient of their annual Rummage Sale held in February 2018. Picture are: E. George Rusaw, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County and Ms. Digna Beckman, First Lutheran Church of Inverness, Florida
Thank you University of North Georgia Outdoor Pursuits Program
Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County welcomed the University of North Georgia Outdoor Pursuits Program students to the Inverness ReStore on March 13, 2018. The students volunteered their time cleaning, organizing, sorting and helping with outdoor yardwork at the Inverness ReStore. The group of students are part of The Outdoor Pursuits Program which is dedicated to providing fun and educational experiences for the University of North Georgia.
Pictured back row left to right: Chris He, Alicia Wang, Jordynn Weeks, Camryn Lightell, Elisabeth Bradbury, Halie Godwin; Front row left to right: Sonny Zhao, Jillian Underwood, Courtney Terilli, Chloe Heinzel, Ben Yang
Inverness ReStore Receives Award
The Citrus County Chamber Ambassadors presented Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Inverness, Florida with the New Image Award at the February 2018 Chamber of Commerce luncheon for their new 12,000-square-foot Inverness ReStore that opened in November 2017. The Chamber congratulated Habitat on their New Image Award for their lovely addition to Citrus County.
Shown with the award are: first row (sitting): Jeff Dow, Inverness ReStore Manager; George Rusaw, President/CEO; second row: Rose Strawn, Family Services Director; John Heindel, Board Secretary; Chris DeFelice, Director; CD Perez, Construction Director; third row: Cindy Clark, Board Chair; Roger Girson; Board Assist Secretary and Treasurer; mark Casper, Board Director; Bob Bonomo, Board Vice-Chair.
Students of the Citrus Construction Academy in partnership with Citrus County Building Alliance, Withlacoochee Technical College and Career Source volunteered their time on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at a Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County construction site. The students installed baseboard trim in one on the homes that is nearing completion. Habitat for Humanity has built over 160 homes in over 24 years and relies heavily on volunteers to donate their time and skills to build the homes.
Pictured: Citrus Construction Academy Students.