Habitat to dedicate home
After months of demolition, cleaning and renovation, the Escambia County Habitat for Humanity is preparing to dedicate a home for their newest homeowner and partner.
According to Shae Hines, ECHFH director, dedication for the home is set for July 9 at 5:45 p.m. at 324 H. K. Matthews Drive.
“We are so excited for Annette Boykin,” Hines said. “She is so deserving of this home and we happy that she is able, at this point in her life, to be able to have something that she is proud of and we are happy for her.”
Hines said the renovation on the home began in February and was just completed last month.
“We had a little slow down when the Covid-19 pandemic hit,” Hines said. “Because of that we were not able to use as many volunteers as we normally would have on a project. We did have a few college students who helped with the yards. Annette and our board actually did some volunteer work at different times in the home and we had a great contractor who helped tremendously.”
Hines said the renovation encompassed projects including removing and replacing flooring throughout the home, a complete tear-out and renovation of the bathrooms in the home as well as a new air conditioning and heating unit along with typical jobs of painting and cleaning.
“We absolutely could not have accomplished everything at this home without the help of Pat Poole,” Hines said. “Pat was a joy to work with and was helpful in everyway possible from beginning to end. He took a lot of pressure off of us by overseeing what needed to be done and how to make it happen. He gave so much of himself in labor and helped with materials and supplies to make the renovation a success. It was nothing short of amazing to having him work with us.”
Hines did say there are a few items to address before dedication and prior to turning over the keys to Boykin.
“We will make sure that when Annette takes the keys that we have everything ready for her,” Hines said. “It’s going to be a wonderful thing to see her in her new home.”
Hines said the dedication event is open to the public and those interested in the work of Escambia County Habitat for Humanity is invited to see the home and ask questions about working with the organization.
To find out more about ECHFH and requirements for becoming a partner family, call the office at 867-0095 or visit them inside the Habitat Restore at 1606 Douglas Avenue.