LABELLE – Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties dedicated two homes sponsored by U.S. Sugar on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in LaBelle.
Habitat officials handed over the keys to Devnish Seales, a single mother with a 10-year-old son, and Gabino Cisneros and Adriana Garcia, who have a 1-year-old child. Seales is a security guard who has been living in low-income housing in Clewiston. Cisneros and Garcia live in a cramped apartment and wanted a home for their child.
“We are so thankful for the support of U.S. Sugar,” said Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties President/CEO Katherine C. “Kitty” Green. “Without their generosity, this would not have been possible.”
The homes are located at 5033 N. Obispo Circle and 5015 SE Tradewinds Circle, both in LaBelle. Through the help of volunteers and donations, the families now have affordable, stable places to live and raise their children.
“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.”
These homes are the third and fourth homes U.S. Sugar has sponsored. In all, Habitat for Humanity has built 37 houses in Hendry County.
About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties
Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties is one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the country, and has helped more than 1,400 families in Lee and Hendry counties become homeowners. Habitat homes are built through the use of volunteer labor and donations of money and materials. The homes are sold to low-income families with a low- to no-interest mortgage and monthly payments set at 30 percent or less of the homeowner’s income, making home ownership an affordable reality. More information: habitat4humanity.org.
About U.S. Sugar
U.S. Sugar is a Florida farming company that grows sugarcane, citrus and sweet corn. Its local farmers provide nearly 10 percent of all sugar produced in the United States, up to 90 million gallons of premium, non-from-concentrate orange juice and nearly half of Florida’s sweet corn crop. Founded in 1931, it is based in Clewiston. More information: ussugar.com.