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NeighborWorks America Gives Pensacola Habitat for Humanity $4,000 Grant for Neighbors Helping Neighbors Event

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On Saturday, Oct. 23, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity helped three neighbors during its Neighbors Helping Neighbors event in the Westside Garden District, thanks to a $4,000 grant from NeighborWorks America.

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Nine residents of the Westside Garden District volunteered their time to complete repairs and safety adjustments for three of their aging neighbors. Kristin Brown, resident leader of this project, and Donna Pruett, a Pensacola Habitat Community Development Committee member, started Neighbors Helping Neighbors and worked closely with Pensacola Habitat to plan and execute the event. These projects included yard work, lighting installation, porch repairs, handrail installation, and much more!

“I think the Westside Garden District realized connections were missing in order to help one another in the neighborhood after Hurricane Sally hit. Reaching out and helping our neighbors was so rewarding. They have been in the neighborhood for many years and were happy to share stories about the area and grateful for our assistance. It was a perfect day of new friends, food, and fun and a great way to build and grow our friendships and neighborhood community,” stated Kristin Brown, resident leader of the project.

The Community Development Program works to preserve homeownership for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties residents by engaging and empowering them to revive their neighborhoods and become leaders within their communities. It offers services that enhance the quality of life. Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a neighborhood-specific program within Pensacola Habitat’s Community Development Program which focuses on helping residents age in place safely while also building relationships with their neighbors.

“Events like this one embody exactly what Pensacola Habitat’s Community Development Program is all about: connecting neighbors and empowering them to make a difference in their community. We couldn’t have done this event without the help of the Westside Garden District residents and NeighborWorks America. We look forward to growing this initiative by expanding it to other neighborhoods in our area,” stated Emma Field, Community Development Manager.

To learn more about how you can support Pensacola Habitat’s Community Development efforts, visit pensacolahabitat.org/communitydevelopment.

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About Pensacola Habitat for Humanity

Founded in 1981, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, non-denominational, Christian ministry whose purpose is to improve communities through sustainable partnerships. Having built and renovated 1,400 homes, Pensacola Habitat seeks new and innovative ways to positively impact the community through various meaningful projects, including their Home Buyer and Neighborhood Revitalization programs. Pensacola Habitat for Humanity offers unique financing opportunities to qualified applicants to provide affordable home ownership in Escambia
and Santa Rosa Counties. For more information, visit http://pensacolahabitat.org/.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable
housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

About NeighborWorks America

For nearly 40 years, Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp. (d/b/a NeighborWorks America), a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit, has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and safe, affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $27.2 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation's leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals. For more
information, visit nw.org.

About Pensacola Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Our local Habitat for Humanity Restore supports Pensacola Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building homes, communities and hope.  Revenue earned by selling donated furniture, appliances, building materials, and more is reinvested in our community to provide affordable homeownership options to families in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.  Together we are changing lives right here at home.  For more information, visit pensacolarestore.com.