More than 70 CEOs teamed up and helped fund and build a new Habitat for Humanity house for a local family in the inaugural CEO Build by Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County.
The keys were recently handed over to new homeowner Gevala Antoine and her four children. In respect and a “role reversal of hospitality” Antoine’s employer Boston’s on the Beach in Delray Beach served the first meal in her new home to all guests.
The business leaders raised $175,000 for the build and spent hours on-site working on constructing the home.
Led by CEO Build Honorary Chair and Boca Raton Regional Hospital CEO Jerry Fedele, CEO Builders were onsite, alongside habitat leadership, Boynton Beach Mayor and city officials to first bless the home.
The blessing was followed by the “passing the keys” to Paul Adkins, Chairman of Florida Peninsula Insurance Company — the Habitat CEO Build Home Sponsor— who then presented the keys to new homeowner.
The CEO Build creates a safe, decent and affordable home for a local, hard-working, low-income family through both financial sponsorship and hands-on building. When Habitat homeowners earn their homes through sweat equity programs and qualifying for interest-free mortgages, it changes the trajectory of entire families for generations because they are the first in their family line to achieve homeownership and be in a position to contribute back to their community.