Recent Accomplishments

The Joyce Swain House - Our 56th House

 October 3, 2020

It's the 56th house we've built. Valerie and her two children now call it home. But we'll always know it as The Joyce Swain House. In an emotional ceremony, we dedicated The Joyce Swain House as our way of honoring a founding board member, secretary of our board, and friend. Many of our Habitat families have leaned on Joyce over the years for her wisdom and knowledge of the city's workings. Joyce has been a pillar in our organization since the beginning and we are so grateful to be able to honor her in this way.

For Valerie, a 9/11 survivor, this is a new beginning for her family. We are so happy for Valerie and her family, and we wish them the best of luck as they move into their new home and start the journey that is homeownership!




Joyce Swain Family and Friends Day

March 14, 2020

We recently had the pleasure, and privilege, of hosting the Joyce Swain Friends & Family Day at our current build site, 717 N. Capen Ave. When dedicated (stay tuned for the date), this home will be the Joyce Swain House to honor her two-plus decades of selfless and kindhearted dedication to Habitat.

About 25 immediate, extended and church family members as well as longtime friends joined Joyce, board members and volunteers in celebrating our longtime secretary on this special day.

Joyce, involved with our affiliate since the early days, first served on the Family Selection Committee. She has faithfully served as our secretary for about 15 years, keeping us all in line. She retired in 2000 after working for the City of Winter Park for 27 years.

“My reward in working with Habitat is twofold,” Joyce said. “I share the joy that comes from ‘seeking to put God’s love into action’ with a group of compassionate individuals. I also really enjoy staying in touch with our families by serving on the Family Partnership Committee.”

We couldn’t ask for a more cherished member of the Board of Directors and Habitat friend. Thank you, Joyce.


The Trinity Prep House: The 20/50 House

May 18, 2019

Our house dedications are always special occasions, filled with smiles, camaraderie, the hope for a brighter and better future, and usually tears of joy. Not only are the new homeowners’ lives literally changed forever, the neighboring communities are also transformed. All in the best ways possible. But our latest dedication (our 55th!) was made even more special because of Trinity Preparatory School, a longtime sponsor and Habitat for Humanity of Winter Park-Maitland friend.

The home, at 815 W. Comstock Ave., was the 20th Habitat house that Trinity Prep has helped construct, not only with financial contributions, but also via an immensely committed student body that volunteers to come out to the build site every single Saturday. As Hal George, our president, is fond to acknowledge: “No other high school, or school for that matter, in the country has built more houses than Trinity Prep. We are so lucky to have them as partners.”

If that isn’t extraordinary enough, this home was built during Trinity Prep’s 50-year anniversary. Bam! Double celebration. So we’d forgive you if you refereed to The Trinity Prep House as The 20/50 House.

At the dedication ceremony, Head of School Byron M. Lawson enthused about his pride in his students and in his school’s legacy with Habitat. The students also received plaques of appreciation from President George.

The tangible impact of all of Trinity Prep’s hard work was reflected in the eyes, body language and words of new homeowners Tiana, Buchanan and little Kyle, who couldn’t thank the sponsors, partners and volunteers enough. Despite warning the throng that she probably wouldn’t make it through her speech without crying, Tiana did just that. Barely. Tears of joy.




The Inspectors Have Arrived

February 6, 2019

In what has become an annual tradition, second-grade students from Jewish Academy of Orlando recently donned hard hats and grabbed clipboards for their “inspection” on our house in progress.

Our longtime president and (cofounder) Hal George—seen each Saturday morning “directing” construction traffic—has overseen the children’s once-overs for several years now. He led the second-graders through their paces at the build site, located at 815 W. Comstock Ave., as they learned real-world lessons on construction, economics, volunteerism and civic responsibility.

The students come out for altruistic reasons as well. They hold a fundraiser every year to benefit Habitat for Humanity, and this time presented Hal with a check for nearly $1,000. Truly an outstanding effort.

Habitat appreciates the hard work, dedication and selflessness these youngsters exhibit every time they visit. We are always humbled and delighted to host our annual “inspectors.” Plus it’s just so darn adorable to witness that we always look forward to hosting them.

Sincere thanks to the students, parents, administration and staff at Jewish Academy of Orlando from everyone at Habitat for Humanity of Winter–Maitland