Habitat and Baptist Health join to build homes for the holidays

By Jose Boza….

Pictured (l-r) are new homeowners Hobart and Rosie Williams; Brian and Sarah Hambleton, and Sheila Curtis and Joseph Sweeting.

Dozens of employees from Baptist Health South Florida volunteered many hours of their time to give three fellow employees the grandest gift of all for the holidays — a home.

The grateful employees received the keys to their new homes during a recent house dedication ceremony in Homestead, marking the 19th home built and sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami.

“There is no greater gift we can give these deserving employees and their families,” said Brian Keeley, president and CEO for Baptist Health South Florida. “Baptist Health South Florida is very proud of the long standing relationship with Habitat for Humanity. It is extremely rewarding to give back to our employees in such a big way.”

“This is a dream and a blessing from God,” said Hobart Williams, a Homestead Hospital employee.

Williams, who works in the hospital’s surgery department, will live in his new home along with his wife, Rose, and their daughter.

Fellow Homestead Hospital employee clinical partner Brian Hambleton and his wife, Sarah, also stepped into their new home for the very first time.

Baptist Hospital food services employee Sheila Curtis and her grandson, Joseph Sweeting, moved into their very own home as well.

“Our home will give us great peace of mind,” Curtis said during the moving dedication ceremony.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami is an ecumenical Christian ministry that builds homes in partnership with low-income families in need of a decent place to live. Miami Habitat was formed in 1989 and is in the top 20 of more than 2,000 Habitat affiliates nationwide.

This ministry is open to all persons who desire to work to eliminate poverty housing. With all classes of people working together, Miami Habitat hopes to build new relationships and a sense of community as well as decent homes.

Baptist Health, the region’s largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization, has nearly 14,000 employees and is the area’s largest private employer. Baptist Health includes Baptist, Baptist Children’s, Doctors, Homestead, Mariners and South Miami hospitals as well as Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Baptist Outpatient Services and Baptist Health Enterprises. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health.

For more information, visit online at www.baptisthealth.net.

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