Habitat for Humanity Update September 26, 2016
A passion for patriotism and a generous spirit would aptly describe most members of MIASF, many of whom have been quietly and independently engaged for decades in supporting community and charitable organizations that support those in need.
In an effort to participate as an organization in connecting more fully with the community, MIASF spearheaded a home build project with Habitat for Humanity of Broward to build the first-ever, two-story duplex in Fort Lauderdale that would house two separate families. Eight MIASF members stepped up as sponsors of the project:
Maritime Professional Training, National Marine Suppliers, Ward’s Marine Electric, High Seas Yacht Service, Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller, Neptune Boat Lifts, Advanced Mechanical Enterprises, and Denison Yacht Sales
Special build days, including two Saturdays this month, were set aside for sponsor volunteers to assist the contractor and homeowners in finishing the home and having it move-in ready in 2016.
Most people would likely agree that home ownership is a bedrock of attaining the American Dream, but earlier this year U.S. News & World Report published the results of a study by TheRedPin that concluded the average U.S. household cannot afford to pay for a house, a car, and all of the related expenses typically associated with living the American dream. With increasing property values and high-demand, more and more members of our South Florida workforce are finding it difficult or impossible to buy a home.
Habitat for Humanity has shown that with safe, affordable housing, and access to the proper resources, families can provide stability for their children, grow a sense of dignity and pride, improve health and security, and increase educational and job prospects. It envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live, and offers a hand-up to those families that are willing to work hard to improve their family’s life.
This philosophy resonates strongly with MIASF members, who like to take advantage of opportunities that support and recognize those who serve our nation’s military men and women, in particular. This led MIASF to reach out to MISSION UNITED, a pilot program of the United Way of Broward County that supports U.S. military veterans and their families with services that assist in re-acclimating to civilian life, such as, employment, education, and housing.
Now, MIASF has brought the two organizations together and arranged a partnership that will give our marine industry community an opportunity to assist in building permanent housing solutions for military veterans. With MISSION UNITED and Habitat Broward working in tandem to identify a veteran and secure a local home site, MIASF members will soon be able to build a home for a veteran and combine their patriotism and generosity in one rewarding effort.