Habitat Young Professionals
Reginald D. and Spencer R.
Habitat Young Professionals, embedded within the Jacksonville Beach community, is a non-profit organization. The goal is to have a societal impact and inspire action to end poverty housing. Habitat Young Professionals, also known as “HYP,” is a small part of a much larger organization; Habitat for Humanity.
“Basically, they’re here to benefit Beach Habitat for Humanity, so it can continue to build more homes, and make a better community,” said Lauren Cantrell, Development Manager.
Founded in Americus, Georgia in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.
As an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, HYP also works in partnerships with local families and numerous volunteers to build homes for families in need. Through community events and daily building projects, HYP provides an ample amount of opportunities to form relationships and network with state-wide contractors, managers and local volunteers.
Educational advancement is also a major priority for HYP. As families are being moved into newly built homes, HYP has a program to assist students and families in achieving their highest academic potential. Programs include homework help, reading and math tutoring, a school-based mentoring program, and financial literacy programs.
Beyond realizing the dream of homeownership, Habitat homeowners are required to maintain their homes, manage their finances and provide the best opportunities to their children. As a method to help families stay on track, HYP offers a comprehensive array of workshops specifically tailored to Habitat families such as homeowner finance, green living and home maintenance.
With Habitat for Humanity and its affiliates being non-profit organizations, fundraising and event planning is the foundation to the organization’s success.
“HYP usually tries to do one build or one social a month. So we’ll go to a local bar, and it will be just a fun way for us to get together, and usually the bar will give us some of the proceeds too, from that night,” said Cantrell.
Fundraisers are used as the smaller events to raise money in effort to support the organization. More promoted events such as HYP’s Literacy Carnival helps to show that they support to the community in many ways, other than building quality homes.
With the hopes and aspirations of ending sub-standard housing, Habitat for Humanity and its affiliates are working diligently to restore faith into the lives of families across the globe.