New homeowner Wendy Alpizar, right, accepts keys from Mary K. Evers, daughter of Robert and Dorothy Kimball, whose estate provided funding for the Habitat for Humanity home.
CLEARWATER – A single mother of three received the keys to her new home, built by Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County.
Wendy Alpizar and her children, ages 14, 10 and 9, celebrated their new home, at 1431 Park St. in Clearwater, with staff and volunteers from Habitat for Humanity and their partners in a ceremony May 17.
“This is more than what you can imagine,” said Alpizar, a first-generation Cuban-American.
Even though the family won’t move in for a few weeks, she said her kids are already packed and can’t wait to move.
“I am going to have a home,” she said as she thanked everyone.
The home was funded through the estate of Robert and Dorothy Kimball. The couple’s daughters, Mary K. Evers and Jane Magariner, attended the ceremony to present the keys. They also volunteered during the construction, continuing their parents’ legacy.
“My mom and dad used to volunteer for the Habitat for Humanity. They helped build homes for years and years,” Evers said. “I’m thrilled to be able to honor my parents. Their whole life they were involved in church and loved the Lord. I can carry on what they were doing. It is very exciting.”
The home took three months to build, according to Chris Sabo, vice president of major gifts for Habitat for Humanity. The families who receive homes have to qualify financially and do at least 250 hours of work on their home and other Habitat for Humanity homes. They also attend 13 homeowner courses that teach the skills of responsible homeowners.
“Our goal is that our families are successful,” Sabo said.
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry dedicated to a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. For additional information, visit www.habitatpinellas.org.