Habitat, Delray Beach, Local Businesses Team Up For ‘Rock The Block’

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Staff report

Ten Delray Beach homes were spruced up thanks to a partnership between Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County, the city of Delray Beach and local businesses and service organizations.

Part of the neighborhood revitalization concept, the “Rock the Block” event brought together community members and businesses that revitalized a house of their own.

Sponsors helped raise $2,500 to underwrite the construction materials, tools, paint and painting equipment and landscaping costs and brought out volunteers to do the work on 10 homes within a three block radius.

Presenting “Rock the Block” Home Sponsors brought out employees or members — totaling 250 volunteers — to transform their actual “Rock the Block” home together as a team while working alongside the homeowner.

Homes were identified and qualified based on the homeowner’s financial need. Homeowners ranged from seniors, veterans, people with disabilities or health issues to families with young children who live in Delray Beach and own their homes.

Onsite work was led by Habitat’s team of construction professionals and crew including, Habitat Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator Crystal Spears and Crew Leader Partners from Home Depot’s ”Team Depot.”

To prepare the selected homes for the big day of impact, volunteer groups spent the entire month of March doing the advance priming and preparations.

The 2018 “Rock the Block” Presenting Home Sponsors were Apple Inc.; Assurance Power Systems; Connected Warriors, Inc.; Cosmetic Solutions; Delray Beach Community Improvement; MotionPoint Corporation; Shamrock Restoration; Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc.; Wells Fargo and Ziree Thai and Sushi.

Supported by long-time Program Sponsors Delray Beach CRA, Home Depot, Sunflower Landscaping and new partner House of Ladders, the day was powered by food donated from Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza and refreshments served by the City of Delray Beach Police Department.

Over the past 29 years, thousands of individuals have worked together to paint more than 200 houses for low-income residents in Delray Beach.

“Partnering with Habitat is an excellent way to achieve corporate social responsibility and service organization missions while making a lasting impact,” said HFHSPBC Chief Development Officer Kari Oeltjen.“’Rock the Block’ is just one opportunity of many that HFHSPBC offers in which Presenting Home Sponsors can bond while participating together in helping to revitalize or build safe, affordable homes while strengthening whole communities.”