Habitat dedicates homes in Boynton and Delray


Moise Bessard, Madai Bessard and Marie Comeau love their new home at 122 SW 11th Ave. Delray Beach.

Moise Bessard, Madai Bessard and Marie Comeau love their new home at 122 SW 11th Ave. Delray Beach.

DELRAY BEACH and BOYNTON BEACH — Moise Bessard and LaToya Roberts each received the keys to their new Habitat for Humanity homes, recently, after many months of work. Over the past five months, they and their families and Habitat for Humanity volunteers put in hundreds of hours working together to finish the homes.

During dedication ceremonies for each new homeowner were held, with family support partners for Bessard and Roberts presenting the keys to the new homes. Family support partners help instill pride in homeownership, and develop skills and knowledge of home construction and proper home maintenance.

Every Habitat homeowner, in addition to completing the required minimum of 500 "sweat equity" hours, is required to participate in a series of educational workshops that address topics such as: financial literacy, cleanliness and home maintenance, preventative health care, effective parenting, hurricane preparation and energy conservation, and more.

Home sponsors were Publix Super Markets Charities and The Walter and Adi Blum Foundation.  Other supporters included: Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation; Bay Branch Foundation; The Dart Foundation; Louise Blackman Tollefson Family Foundation; Martha G. Moore Foundation; John W. Henry Family Foundation; JP Morgan Chase Foundation; TYG Foundation; and the Geo Zoltan Lefton Family Foundation.

Special thanks to all of the pro bono contributors:  All Point Screw, Bolt & Specialty Co.; Classic Cultured Marble; Deerfield Builders Supply; Dixie Blueprint Service, Inc.; Ferguson Enterprises; Gen-Energy/K&P Mechanical Solutions; Habitat ReStore; Kevin Holler; K-Rain, Inc.; Professional Supply Co.; Square D; Sunflower Landscaping & Maintenance; and Whirlpool Home Appliance.

The next home dedication ceremony will be taking place on Sunday, August 9 for Renette Nelson in Boynton Beach.  Renette’s home is next door to LaToya’s, and the women have become close friends while building each others homes.  The public is invited to attend and can find more information on the Habitat South County website.

Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1991 and supports the communities of Boca Raton, Boynton Beach and Delray Beach. Habitat homeowners must invest time working on their homes and must pay back the actual cost of building the home through a non-interest-bearing mortgage.

On almost any given Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, volunteers are invited to work on a house in the community.



Patrick Lambe, LaToya Roberts, and Steve Echols with LaToya’s daughters, Daiza and Janyla, in the front of the new home at 236 NE 12th Avenue in Boynton Beach.




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