Habitat homeowners receive keys to new home


Staff report

A mother and daughter are now homeowners thanks to Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County.

Boca West Country Club presented keys to the “House that Women Built” to homeowners Ilomane Brivaus and Jessie Demesmin.

The Delray Beach home was built by a team of 125 women led by the 2019 Women Build co-chairs Beverly Raphael Altman and her daughter Robyn Raphael-Dynan.

The mother/daughter builders announced they would lead the 2020 Women Build in May.

This is the 10th house that Boca West Country Club members have sponsored for Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County, providing affordable homes earned by a hard-working family.

“Boca West has established a legacy of investing in community programs that have the power to change lives,” said Matthew Linderman, CCM, President and COO at Boca West Country Club. “Habitat for Humanity supports families by building new homes that not only beautify neighborhoods, but also the future generations of families who work to earn them.”

Ilomane Brivaus escaped Haiti after living under the dangerous rule of Baby Doc in Haiti, traversing the open Atlantic Ocean in a sailboat for 10 days, at the age of 22. She married young and had three children, Gardine, Topher and Jessie.  After her marriage did not work out, she raised the three kids on her own, while working for the past 26 years as a housekeeper. She currently works for Abbey Delray South, a Senior Living Community. Her daughter Jesse will live with her and they plan to transform their yard into a garden full of parsley, green onions and avocados.

The dedication was attended by over 50 of the volunteer women, who hung drywall, painted, built and laid sod, under the supervision of construction professionals, for the Brivaus/Demesmin home for a block of impact in Delray Beach.

The Brivaus/Demesmin family put in 500 hundred hours of “sweat equity” working on their home throughout the construction process along with Habitat volunteers. The family also met the Habitat homeowner requirements of attending workshops that address financial literacy, cleanliness and home maintenance, effective parenting, hurricane preparation, energy conservation, and more.