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New sign, final home dedication held at FineMark Village

August 3, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Habitat for Humanity of Lee & Hendry Counties recently unveiled the new FineMark Village neighborhood sign and celebrated the final home dedication in FineMark Village, a Habitat neighborhood consisting of 11 new homes.

The event began with the new FineMark Village neighborhood sign unveiling and was followed with the home dedication at 15271 Codie St.

In 2015, Habitat acquired 11 home site parcels on Gladiolus Drive in South Fort Myers; FineMark National Bank and Trust invested $250,000 to become the neighborhood sponsor allowing construction to begin on FineMark Village.

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The newest homeowners at FineMark Village.

Those in attendance on July 13 were local community leaders, including Joe Catti, Jessica Stilwell Catti and Robert Arnall from FineMark National Bank & Trust, Habitat's Board Chairman Mitch Hutchcraft, local government officials, Habitat board members and residents from the Harlem Heights community.

Roger Brownell, an 18-year member of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity, kicked off the dedication of the capstone home in the Harlem Heights community.

He shared, "I particularly like the house dedications because there is nothing better than to see the smiles and the happy tears by the new homeowner and especially the children,"

Dominick Izzo, Habitat's director of construction, recognized Jim Gibbons, Michael Webber and Bob Middleton, the Habitat "Can Do Crew," for their volunteer efforts on the FineMark Village project in Harlem Heights.

"We build these houses like they were our own," Gibbons added.

Ana Villacis, Habitat Homeownership Advisor, introduced homeowner Gloria, along with other Habitat homeowners who joined in support.

Villacis explained, "With this home closing today, there are 34 kids in this community that have a safe healthy place to call their home and have somewhere to do their homework, somewhere they know they can come home, where they're going to have food, where they're going to have shelter, and they're not going to have to move, and so they can concentrate on important things like going to school."

The Rev. Suzy Post from Iona Hope Episcopal Church offered the prayer of dedication for the home.

Gibbons and Middleton presented Gloria and her family the keys to her new home.



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