Every year our garden club landscapes a home for Habitat for Humanity during their "Women's Build" project. Habitat for Humanity dedicates a home for Mother's Day to a single mother.
As well as landscaping one of the Habitat homes, whenever any new Habitat home is dedicated in Cape Coral, a committee of garden club members attend the dedication ceremony and welcome the family to Cape Coral. We bring a housewarming plant and participate in the dedication. Each year, there have been 5 to 12 families moving into homes. Members are welcome to volunteer to attend these celebrations. Contact Sherie Bleiler for more information.
Habitat gives a "hand up", not a "hand out". Potential owners need to have a steady source of income, good credit score and pay the down payment and closing costs. Owners also accept a mortgage, according to their income. Habitat carries the mortgage over that amount. Owners need to take classes on home maintenance and give 300+ hours of "sweat equity" working to build their home or other Habitat homes.
Our previous landscape projects were older, mostly foreclosed homes, that already had trees, etc. on them. This year, it was a new build. City landscaping rules are different with a new home. We needed to obtain at least 20 bushes, and three or four trees. Our trees needed to be 10' tall! The bushes needed to be 18", except coonties, which needed to be 12". If you would like to make a donation to help cover the cost of the landscape materials such as larger trees and bushes, please give a check to our Treasurer, Ria Benton, endorsed ‘Habitat’, made payable to Garden Club of Cape Coral.