Fa m i l y Spotlight The Arce FamilyBy the time Alfredo and AliciaArce at last realized their dream of Habitat House Committeehomeownership, they had been marriedfor 27 years and raised five children. Together: Building Homes, Building Lives.The couple is originally fromMichoacán, a state in Western Mexicowhose name means place of fishermanand whose economic base today isstill primarily agriculture, fishing and R o b Te n ch $1,500 - cost of shinglestourism. The Arces moved to the the Arce (left)celebrates f withUnited States in 2003, settling in the dedicati amily at their h $500 - cost of shutters on in Fe ome $100 - cost of window l l s m e re .Fellsmere area and quickly findingemployment. Today Alfredo worksfor SunAg and Alicia at the Azteca Alicia remembers, “We were veryMexican Store. excited! My father had just passed away when we found out we had beenBy 2011, the family’s living conditions accepted. It was very good news at ahad become unacceptable, with 10 very hard time.”people squashed into a four-room $250 - cost of front doorapartment, and virtually no personal In July 2012, with the paperwork andspace for anyone. The couple’s (then) long hours of Sweat Equity behind2-year-old granddaughter, Jimena, them, the Arces received the key to $1,500 - cost of wallboard $1,000 - cost of sodattended Redlands Christian Migrant the front door of their own 4-bedroom,Association’s Headstart program, 2-bath home in Fellsmere’s Grace Building homes takes many hands, lots of sweat and a greatthrough which the Arces learned about Meadows neighborhood.Habitat for Humanity and realized it deal of love. Orchid Island residents join hands each year andcould be the answer to their housing “Habitat,” says Alicia, beaming, “has not only build homes, but also lives!situation. helped us so much! We were looking for a home of our own for such a longDeciding to seek a Habitat home, the time. Everyone at Habitat was so kindcouple applied, but were unable to and helpful. Now the children can goqualify. Determined, they applied a outside more. They can have more spacesecond time, and then a third until, of their own, with a front yard – and afinally, they met all the requirements backyard.”and were accepted. They had officiallybecome Habitat homebuyers. *100% of all donations go toward buying supplies for each home built.
A special thanks to our Dear Fellow Orchid Member: fellow members, Sheila Habitat Heroes and Francois Brutsch This is the 10th anniversary season for Orchid Island’s Habitat program, and we have $5000 PLUS (pictured right), for committed to build our 18th, 19th and 20th homes. Kathy & Richard Dunlop their wonderful gift Janet & Frank Kelly of $100,000, which Thanks to the generosity of our Orchid donors, we will have provided a decent and Marsha & Barry Reardon includes $75,000 to safe place to live for 20 families during our 10 years of work with Indian River Habitat Mary & Mike Schwartz build 1 1/2 Habitat for Humanity (IRHFH). homes and $25,000 to fund the Indian River Now here is the bad news. In Indian River County, almost 15% of the population is $2000 PLUS Habitat for Humanity living below the poverty line. There are 16,100 who pay over 30% of their income Olivia & Fred Delacruz Scholarship program. toward housing; 897 live in over crowded conditions; and 850 live in substandard Joe Hoyt conditions. It takes 88 hours of work at minimum wage every week to afford a decent, Sheila & Andy Kostanecki The Scholarship program provides financial assistance two bedroom apartment at fair market rental. Sistie & Tom Lewis to Habitat homeowners and their children who are committed to advancing their education, as well as So we have plenty of work ahead. providing assistance toward education-based after school and summer care programs. We hope you will use the contribution card on this brochure to make a special 10th $1000 PLUS anniversary gift to help us continue our mission to build homes and lives. Mary & John Alden Francois first became interested in our Habitat program Pat & Ron Aprahamian while volunteering at the site of our homes in the Grace We also need volunteers to work at the site. You do not have to be skilled in Maureen & Bob Baus Meadows Community in Fellsmere. construction to participate and be a valued member of the team. Please check out the Sue & Dick Bergeman volunteer card on the opposite side of the contribution card for more details. Marj & Tom Cassidy Maryellen & Jay Conefry Orchid Island Volunteers For those of you new to Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club, and/or unfamiliar with Barbara & Dave Crosby Carol & Frank Di Fazio Working together, making a difference. the specifics of the Habitat program, IRHFH has been around since 1991 and is Gloria & Dave Duchin part of a worldwide organization that builds homes for those in need. Prospective Anna & Gary Frazier homeowners must meet certain criteria. Applicants must show a need based on their Jayne & Dave Horner current living conditions, have the ability to pay an interest free mortgage and have a Silvia & Dave Illingworth willingness to partner with Habitat by contributing 300-500 hours of “sweat equity” in Meg & Paul Johnson building their own home and/or one of their neighbors. Barkley & Dennis Kass Charlotte & John Klein Habitat is a “hand up” not a “hand out” and with your assistance, we can build a Patti & Bruce Mackey stronger and healthier community. Windy & Jack Magnier Peggy & Fred Marino Lynn & Stan Orczyk Thanks for your support, Gerri & Bob Ripp Your Habitat/Orchid Committee Molly & Gray RogersDebbie & Champ Sheridan Ann & Ed Smith Orchid Island Habitat House CommitteeBarbara & Oscar Stangeland Barbara Crosby, Pam Doyle, Kathy Dunlop, Carol Graham, Jean Gysin, Carol Hankins, Sue Joyce, Janet Kelly,Thank you to all who supported the Orchid IslandHabitat Program through a variety of methods Marilyn Kinsella, Patti Mackey, Marsha Reardon, Gerri Ripp,last fiscal year. The supporters listed above Susan Ryan, Mary & Mike Schwartz, Kathy Youngdonated to the Orchid Fall Appeal between July1, 2011 - June 30, 2012.