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West Pasco Habitat for Humanity working to revitalize Town and Country Villas

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on April 22, 2018

West Pasco Habitat for Humanity hosted a brunch on Tuesday, April 5 at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club with staff and board members welcoming invited guests to a special community awareness building event.

Opening the proceedings, Dr. Kobus Applegrijn, CEO of the nonprofit, announced to the a gathering of local leaders and business owners that the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity would embark on a new venture…the revitalization of the Town and Country Villas neighborhood that is located behind the Southgate Shopping Plaza in New Port Richey.

Too long this neighborhood has been the site of dilapidated and unsafe structures and a problem area requiring many costly hours of law enforcement and social services attention. The staff and board of West Pasco Habitat for Humanity decided to take the step forward.

“Together we can change this world right here in Pasco County. We knew we needed a mission bigger than we could do ourselves, so it’s going to take all of us,” said Dr. Applegrijn, as he set forth the challenge to all present.

The county commission is already aboard with funding and support.  Commissioner Jack Mariano and Commissioner Mike Wells spoke at the event along with project planner, Frank Starkey, of People Places. The keynote speaker was Martin Gramatica, president of SIPS International and the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s kicker.

At the end of the program, Dr. Applegrijn announced that the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity is one of three finalists for a grant from “Small Machine, Big Impact” and the sponsors of the grant will fly in from Ohio to video tape the Habitat’s neighborhood cleanup event taking place on Saturday, April 14.

He also announced that a gala event is scheduled for September at which they will be seeking champions for the project, including Pasco residents and businesses who want to support this notable effort with their time and money.

On the program was Pasco County Commissioner Mike Wells (right) and Martin Gramatica (left), who gave the keynote speech.

For more details about the Town and Country Villas neighborhood revitalization project, contact Amanda Shipman at (727) 843-9001,
or visit the website at www.wphabitat,com  .

Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization committed to giving hardworking, low-income people a hand up, not a hand out. All across America, individuals and families struggle to find affordable places to live. Habitat seeks to remedy the situation by providing low-income families the opportunity to realize their dreams of homeownership.

Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience.

Founded in Americus, Georgia in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has helped build, renovate and repair more than 1 million homes for more than 5 million people around the world.

Top Photo: (left to right) – Tony Esposito, West Pasco Habitat Board Vice President; Chris Chambers, West Pasco Habitat Board President; Frank Starkey, People Places LLC; Martin Gramatica, Gramatica SIPS International and Gramatica Family Foundation; Dr. Kobus Appelgrijn, West Pasco Habitat, CEO; and Gail Appelgrijn.


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