Habitat for Humanity Builds 50th Home for Delray Families


DELRAY BEACH, FL – Habitat for Humanity recently raised the roof on their 50th home in Delray Beach, and thanks to help from community sponsors and volunteers, the Montes family will be moving into their new home in early 2016. Bony Montes, his wife Rilene, and children Laurie and Nadine, will be moving into the home on Southwest 11th Avenue soon. In 2013, Bony Montes started a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County. He worked on 16 Habitat for Humanity homes in Boynton Beach and two homes in Delray Beach. Besides the sweat equity, Bony and Rilene Montes worked 50 hours of community service at the Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore and neighborhood revitalization program. The Montes family also completed 75 hours of classroom workshops, including financial education, food and nutrition, and homebuyer education courses. At a recent home dedication, the Montes were joined by local donors – the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency and SKLAR Furnishings. “From me and my family, I want to say thank you to everyone. Today is one of the most beautiful days in my life for my family. I have a happy family and I want to keep it that way,” said Montes. As a corporate sponsor, Rick Howard, president of SKLAR Furnishings, was delighted in donating money to the non-profit organization. Howard said it’s his ninth year supporting the organization. He is also the Chairman Elect for Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County. “We’re trying to give back and make sure these people have a roof over their heads. We are ‘all in’ as they say,” said Howard. Employees from Daszkal Bolton in Boca Raton volunteered at the home for a day and also donated a check the day of their build. Daszkal Bolton is an accounting and advisory firm based in Boca Raton. “We were proud to have several of our professionals participate in a build with Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County. Far too many families in our community work hard every day and yet still can’t quite make home ownership a reality through traditional mortgage channels. Habitat has a tremendously positive impact on their lives and the community as a whole by bringing together resources that make the dream of home ownership obtainable for those who are willing to work for it,” said Michael Daszkal, managing partner. “The organization’s mission clearly resonates with many of our colleagues. Like with most of our volunteer initiatives, our recent Habitat build was suggested by one of our professionals who is passionate about the organization and the difference it makes. We’re proud to have a culture in which our people regularly look to give of themselves and make a positive contribution.” “What is Habitat?” Habitat for Humanity Director Mike Campbell asked a crowd of 100 residents and city leaders eager to learn more about the property. “It means family and togetherness,” said Campbell. “Who is Habitat? They are hardworking, deserving citizens we give a chance to become homeowners. Because of the City of Delray Beach and the Community Redevelopment Agency, and local sponsors, we do a great job building a community,” said Campbell. According to Habitat for Humanity, the Montes home was the 129th home the organization has built in South Palm Beach County in 23 years of service. For more information, visit www.habitatsouthpalmbeach.org.