By Chris Fish
PALM BAY -- Local organizers want the public to know that not every Habitat for Humanity project starts from scratch.
This weekend, on Saturday, March 1, Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County will partner with Bank of America to help refurbish two homes in need.
"Bank of America has donated properties to the affiliate to rehab and supply housing for low-income families," said Charlotte Hutchinson, vice president and COO of Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County. "All of our construction is a joint effort. We serve an average of 20 families a year and have five construction paid employees. We rely on volunteers as our workforce."
Bank of America donated properties belonging to the Rogers and Lafave families of Palm Bay.
Commencement ceremonies will be held at both properties, with the first at the Rogers' at 194 Shalimar Ave. N.W. in Palm Bay at 10 a.m. and then at the Layfave household at 1055 Colonnade Blvd. in Palm Bay at 11:30.
Both families will work alongside volunteers and will do the work necessary to rehabilitate their homes to return them to a "like-new" state.
Currently, the Rogers family has been living in a Community of Hope house.
Nancy Lafave, resident of the Colonnade Blvd property, will be celebrating her birthday the day of the commencement.
She told press that "she couldn't ask for a better present."
Ms. Lafave and her two daughters have been living in an apartment with their dog, whom they recently adopted in anticipation of moving into their refurbished home.
Ms. Hutchinson said that each property will be accessed individually and repairs and restorations will be based upon the needs of each home.
The public is invited to attend and join the celebration this Saturday, March 1, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Rogers' home at 194 Shalimar Ave in Palm Bay.
Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County is a part of a global, nonprofit housing organization, operated on Christian principles, which seeks to put God's love in to action by building homes, communities and hope.
Bank of America is delivering on a 10-year goal to donate $2 billion to nonprofit organizations engaged in improving the health and vitality of their neighborhoods.
For additional information, visit ww.brevardhabitat.com.