“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good
put together that overwhelm the world.” -Archbishop Desmond Tutu
A little about us.
Beaches Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing
ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in the Jacksonville
Beaches. As an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, we work in
partnership with local families and volunteers to build simple, decent homes for
qualified families in need. To date, we have built more than 210 homes in our
community of just 50,000. Recognizing the importance of education in breaking
the cycle of poverty, we also offer college scholarships, after-school tutoring and
rewards for academic excellence for our partner families.
Our success in all these endeavors has helped place us in the top 10 percent of
1500 affiliates nationwide, as well as earned us a number of awards including
Affiliate of the Year, the Jimmy Carter Award for most homes built per capita and
most recently, the Clarence Jordan Award for our innovative education programs.
(PHOTOS) left: child of a homeowner, Ja’Nae, in front of her new
home; above: one of our partner families pose in front of their new
home at our traditional house dedication ceremony.
(PHOTOS) from top: a duplex in Haywood Estates; our
construction manager, Paul, helping a volunteer on
the worksite; children on the playground at our afterschool
program at the Donner Center.
Partnering with God and the community,
we strive to eliminate substandard
housing in the Jacksonville Beaches. In
addition to building quality, affordable
homes for qualified families in need at no
profit, we also guide our partner families
through homeownership and provide
educational opportunities so that they
may build brighter futures for themselves
and their children.
Think globally, act locally.
(PHOTOS) clockwise from top: future homeowner of a
Habitat home from our sister affiliate in Monteverde,
Costa Rica; a future homeowner works on her new
home in Lonavala, Maharashtra, India; a Slovakian
family in front of their new Habitat home.
Nearly 2 billion people around the world live in slum housing and over 100 million are homeless.
Habitat for Humanity is needed to help eliminate poverty by providing simple, decent shelter
to those in need. Beaches Habitat is one of more than 1500 US and 531 international affiliates
of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) that combined have built more than 350,000
homes throughout the world. Habitat affiliates are independent, nonprofit organizations that
are organized by local citizens and operate with local boards and local volunteers. Volunteers
provide most of the labor, and corporate, faith-based and individual donors provide the money,
materials and labor necessary to build Habitat homes. Each affiliate is asked to tithe a certain
percentage of their unspecified donations to a sister affiliate elsewhere in the world. Since 1992,
Beaches Habitat has donated 10% of all undesignated dollars (more than $260k) to Habitat for
Humanity Costa Rica, helping move more than 80 families into new homes.
Building homes, building hope.
Clockwise from top left: a homeowner
working off some of her 300-plus “sweat
equity” hours; construction manager, Bill,
and a homeowner at the worksite; a wallraising
ceremony in Haywood Estates.
Not a giveaway program.
Habitat for Humanity is all about people helping people to help themselves. We do not give
away homes nor are we government-funded. In order to be considered for a Beaches Habitat
home, families must fill out an application and make a down payment of eight hours of labor
(“sweat equity”). Our family selection committee then chooses families to live in our homes
based on level of need, ability to pay and willingness to partner with us. Families selected
must invest at least 300 additional hours of labor working alongside volunteers and Habitat
staff to build their homes and the homes of others. The partner family then purchases the
house from Beaches at no profit and with no interest charged – the money from which
is used to build future Habitat homes. Learn more truths and myths about Habitat for
Humanity at www.beacheshabitat.org/faq.
No place like home.
Tishania was on the run. Trying to escape her abusive husband with no driver’s license and five children to care for,
she didn’t know if she’d ever make it on her own. She had already tried to run away and been found twice. Far from
home in Clearwater, things weren’t looking good for this Jacksonville native. Then she found hope.
With the help of her church’s battered women shelter, Tishania and her children moved back to Jacksonville to live
with family. It wasn’t long before she received her driver’s license, found work as a nursing assistant and moved from
her grandmother’s into their own apartment.
Tishania says she was pleased to be out on her own, but the apartment conditions were substandard at best. It was
shortly after this that a close family friend encouraged Tishania to apply for a Habitat home. The rest, as they say, is
(PHOTO) TIshania and her beautiful family in April 2010.
When she and her five beautiful children move into Haywood Estates in Winter 2010, Tishania says she’ll know “We
finally made it.”
Homes are constructed through one of a number of different build programs, all of which involve collaboration between Beaches Habitat,
sponsor organizations, a Habitat partner family, and volunteers. As such, a “build” is a partnership of individuals, just like you, joining
together from the larger community to share in the goal of eliminating substandard housing. Beaches Habitat also employs a number of
specialized Build programs including a Women Build, Apostle Build and Collegiate Challenge program.
Promoting the involvement of women
in the construction of Habitat houses,
Women Build projects give women a
unique opportunity to work in home
construction in a more comfortable, allfemale
environment. Women Build projects
also provide an environment where women
can build community amongst each other.
More than 350 Habitat homes have been
built across the country by women crews
and this number continues to grow.
The simplest and most common form
of church participation is through
contributions of money and volunteer
recruitment. Some local churches take
on the challenge of building a home
themselves, known as an Apostle Build. This
unique program is a partnership of several
church congregations coming together to
fully fund and build a Habitat home for a
Collegiate Challenge is Habitat for
Humanity’s alternative school break
program offering students the opportunity
to work with a U.S. affiliate to help eliminate
poverty housing. Since getting involved
with the national program in 2001, Beaches
Habitat has hosted student volunteers from
30-plus colleges and universities across
Please email email@example.com to learn
more about any of these specialized build programs or
sign up to volunteer at beacheshabitat.org/volunteer.
Clockwise from top right: members of Women Build at
a traditional wall-raising ceremony; group prayer at the
dedication of an Apostle Build home; University of Guelph
students during Collegiate Challenge.; group prayer during
morning orientation at the construction site.
More than homes.
Since our affiliate began in1991, Beaches Habitat has grown substantially. Recognizing its importance in breaking the cycle of
poverty, we now offer a variety of educational opportunities to both our homeowners and their children.
Lessons in Homeownership and Financial Literacy.
Beyond realizing the dream of homeownership, Habitat homeowners must maintain their homes, manage their finances, and
provide the best available opportunities to their children. In the realm of homeowner education, Beaches Habitat offers a
comprehensive array of workshops specifically tailored to Habitat families including: orientation and partnering with Beaches
Habitat; budget and finance; understanding closing documents; being a good neighbor; plumbing; home maintenance; lawn
maintenance; going green - how to conserve energy and reduce waste; and making your home beautiful on a budget.
Jessica Borges, proud owner of our 200th home in the Jacksonville Beaches, says that “Learning about credit has been great. I
never really thought about it before I started going to the meetings,” said Borges. “I appreciate being taught home ownership,
as well as important financial lessons that will help me the rest of my life.”
A Beaches Habitat homeowner learning how to fix a leaky faucet
at a maintenance and repair workshop; homeowners take a
break from construction to pose at the site of their future home.
Thanks to a generous donation from Miyuki and Herb Scheidel in
1998, every Habitat youth is eligible for a full 4-year scholarship
to the University of North Florida, including one semester of
study abroad. To date, six Scheidel Scholars have graduated from
UNF. Through another donation from the Scheidels in 2003, our
homeowners and their children now also have access to a 2-year
scholarship to Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Take Stock in Children
Created in 1995 by Communities In School, Beaches Habitat
is proud to partner with this successful, dropout-prevention
program which matches community volunteers as mentors
and student advocates with middle and high school students.
Mentors meet with their students one hour in school each week to
motivate and encourage students to succeed.
Clockwise from top: students celebrating different
cultures at the Donner Center after-school program;
Prep Club members on a special field trip to Universal
Studios; Scheidel Scholars from UNF and FSCJ.
To better prepare children for academic success, encourage
physical fitness and teach life skills, Beaches Habitat partners
with the City of Atlantic Beach to provide dynamic after-school
programs at three centers in the Beaches. Students have access
to homework help, reading and math tutoring, physical fitness
programs, book clubs and special programs like Readers Theater.
Scheidel Prep Club
Founded in 1998, this program encourages academic excellence
and perfect attendance by rewarding K-12 students for academic
accomplishments through cash incentives. Along with a focus
on grades and attendance, the Prep Club also gives students the
chance to hear motivational speakers, attend educational field
trips and participate in community service activities. Prep Club
members must also pledge to remain drug and crime free.
By donating, volunteering or advocating for Beaches Habitat for Humanity, you are not only showing your
support for the affordable housing cause in our community - you are helping a family in need. Our success
depends on the entire community: generous supporters, enthusiastic volunteers, hardworking families and
dedicated staff. In merging the talents of local businesses, churches, community organizations and individuals,
we can and will eliminate substandard housing at the Beaches. Please join us as we strive to make our world a
better place for everyone to live.
(PHOTOS) Nancy Huang & family learn the name of our newest
subdivision, Huang Villas, in honor of her and her husband
Larry’s commitment to our cause; supporters pose by the sign
promoting Regency Centers as sponsor of our 200th home.
(PHOTOS) Volunteers hammering away at the worksite;
a volunteer giving homework help through our afterschool
All are welcome. Habitat is a
partnership founded on common
ground— bridging theological
differences by putting God’s love
into action. All who desire to be
a part of this work are welcome,
regardless of religious preference
One-time donations are greatly appreciated, but please
consider taking your donation to the next level. From
planned giving to estate planning, stock and bond gifts
to in-kind donations, a variety of options exist to make
your donation go farther. Remember, we raise all of our
funds locally and receive no funding from HFHI.
Donations are tax-deductable and accepted by mail
(see address on back cover), at beacheshabitat.org and
by phone at (904) 241-1222. Gift cards acknowledging
honorariums and memorials are also available.
Work with your coworkers/boss to determine how your
company could best benefit Beaches Habitat. Whether
it’s through a corporate sponsorship, volunteering on
the worksite or holding a garage sale, you’ll be amazed
at the camaraderie built when you work together for a
In working side-by-side with the family who will live
in the house, our volunteers experience firsthand
the joy created when a family is able to realize their
dream of home ownership. Though the vast majority
has no construction experience, our volunteers are
involved in most phases of construction. Volunteers
are also invited to serve on committees (education,
family support, family selection, etc.), assist in the
office, mentor a child through our after-school
program and help with special projects. Time
commitments vary so you can choose to volunteer
as little or as often as you would like.
Check out individual construction opportunities on
our volunteer calendar at www.beacheshabitat.org.
For information on group construction and all other
types of volunteering, please contact our Volunteer
Coordinator at (904)241-1222 before signing up.
Show your passion for the affordable housing cause
in the Beaches community and around the world by
advocating for Habitat. Become a fan of our facebook
page (www.facebook.com/beacheshabitat), tell your
friends about our cause and write your representatives
and senators. Learn more at www.beacheshabitat.org/
advocate and www.buildlouder.org.
Learn more at www.beacheshabitat.org.
1671 Francis Ave, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Tel: 904.241.1222 Fax: 904.241.4310