Two Hendry County families earn keys to Habitat Homes

HR Intern Tykia Brice, Project Planner Jack Webb, Community Relations Manager Jennifer Black, Home owners Fernando and Martha Blanco, Agriculture Analyst Eric Myer, and HR Manager Matt Kindermann at the Blanco’s new home at 3053 Harvard Circle.

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties partnered with U.S. Sugar to build two houses in LaBelle. Thursday the house keys were officially handed over to the two families during the dedication ceremony. Each family earned and purchased their home by contributing 300 hours of sweat equity, paid $1,700 in closing cost and will pay an affordable, monthly mortgage.

Aaron Mendez and Daisy Jaimes with Jennifer Black and Matt Kindermann from US Sugar at their new home at 3029 Harvard Circle.

“The generosity of U.S. Sugar has enabled us to build strength, stability and self-reliance for two more Hendry County families,” said Habitat President/CEO Kitty Green. “We are gratefiil for their support and continued partnership to empower families through homeownership.”

“U.S. Sugar is thrilled to partner with this vital organization and help families achieve their dream of owning a home,” said Jennifer Black, community relations manager for U.S. Sugar. “We believe strongly that improving communities happens one house at a time, one family at a time, and we stand proudly with all our employees who volunteered their time to make these homes a reality.”

U.S. Sugar has sponsored over five Habitat homes. In all. Habitat for Humanity has built 39 houses in Hendry County.

About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties is one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the country. Since 1982, over 1,400 families in need of a hand up have partnered with Habitat to build or improve their home. Habitat homeowners, alongside volunteers, help build their own home and pay an affordable mortgage. Through volunteering, financial or material donations, everyone can help Lee and Hendry county families achieve strength, stability and independence. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit

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