Leading Construction Company Gives Back and Celebrates Philanthropy
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) partners with Habitat for Humanity South Palm Beach County and launches a series of pro-bono construction and roofing projects for South Florida residents in need. On April 5, VCGFL provided a new roof to one of Habitat’s very first clients to kick off National Volunteer Month.
“At Venture, we are committed to giving back and empowering others. We are dedicated to consistently building relationships with amazing nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity to support all the work that they do in our communities,” says Stephen Shanton, president and CEO of Venture Construction Group of Florida.
Local Delray Beach resident and Habitat recipient Ruth Jayes has come a long way since beginning her first partnership with Habitat for Humanity in the 1980s. Over 30 years ago, Jayes was in a violent relationship and living in an Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence (AVDA) shelter before moving on and qualifying for her first home with Habitat for Humanity. Being accepted into Habitat’s Homeowner Partnership Program changed her life and the life of her daughter. After establishing her independence, she went on to obtain an Associate’s degree, then a Bachelor’s degree, then a Master’s degree in Business. Jayes held a successful career with a Health Insurance Claims Company in Deerfield Beach. Jayes instilled the value of education into her family. Ruth’s daughter went on to earn her Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University. Now retired with health issues, Jayes recently experienced severe damage to her roof from Hurricane Irma.
“If a roof is not in good condition in Florida, insurance typically doesn’t extend the policy. It’s imperative to get frequent property inspections not only to keep your policy intact, but also to prevent future leaks that deteriorate your property,” says Shanton.
Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County partners with families in need to build affordable homes together. Each Habitat partner family is required to invest a minimum of 400 sweat equity hours of their own labor into the construction of homes before being eligible to purchase their home utilizing a 30 year, no profit, no interest loan. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build more Habitat houses. Habitat relies on financial contributions from generous donors, both individual and corporate as well as volunteers. Learn more or donate at www.habitatsouthpalmbeach.org.
Through the HABITAT HAMMERS BACK initiative, Habitat for Humanity is deploying trained Habitat “Disaster Corps” volunteers responding to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria helping families to clean up and prepare for the rebuilding effort to come. In Florida, Habitat is conducting rapid assessments of Hurricane Irma damage and helping clean out homes damaged by winds and flood waters. Habitat’s long-term post-disaster recovery efforts include repair of damaged homes and construction of new affordable homes.
Committed to volunteerism, VCGFL sponsors numerous charitable endeavors and volunteers at nonprofits throughout the year including Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence, ALS, ARC of Martin County, Congregation B’nai Israel, Gemma’s Angels Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Roof Deployment Project, SafeSpace, Support Our Troops, and more.
About Venture Construction Group of Florida
Founded in 1998, Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) is an award-winning leader in construction, restoration, renovations, roofing, storm damage repairs, and 24/7 emergency services throughout Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Bahamas and the Caribbean. Specializing in industrial/ commercial projects, VCGFL assists property managers, condominium boards, homeowner associations, association boards, hotels and business complexes with general contractor services, specialty construction, historical restoration, water and flood mitigation, and property repairs due to fire, flood, water, wind and hurricanes. VCGFL won the prestigious Qualified Remodeler Top 500 Remodelers Award, Qualified Remodeler Master Design Award, and is the proud recipient of the FRSA S.T.A.R. Spotlight Trophy for the Advancement of Roofing Awards in Sustainability and Community Service. With offices in Boca Raton, Ft. Myers, Orlando, Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart, Tampa, San Juan, and Nassau, VCGFL is committed to operational excellence and exceptional customer service. VCGFL takes care of the details every step of the way including roofing, siding, windows, drywall, flooring, paint, gutters to rebuilding properties after major storm events from hurricanes, tornadoes, and hailstorms. VCGFL carries the industry’s leading accreditations and is an exclusive certified National Storm Damage Center Preferred Contractor, Windstorm Insurance Network WIND Certified Umpire®, WIND Certified Appraiser®, WIND Certified Fellow®, Certified Member of the United Association of Storm Restoration Contractors, Platinum Preferred Certified Contractor with the National Insurance Restoration Council. VCGFL is a proud member of Insurance Appraisal and Umpire Association (IAUA), Restoration Industry Association (RIA), Property Liability and Resource Bureau (PLRB), Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (FRSA), Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Industry Members Association (EIMA), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). VCGFL is a registered U.S. Federal Government Contractor and holds leading certifications including Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, Mule-Hide Legacy Contractor, Certified CertainTeed Contractor and Duro-Last Certified Contractor status. VCGFL credentials have been vetted and screened through independent third party Global Risk Management Solutions. For more information call 866-459-8351 or visit us online at www.VCGFL.com.
About Habitat for Humanity South Palm Beach County
Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that works to provide affordable homeownership opportunities for hardworking and deserving families in the cities of Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, and Boca Raton, Florida. We build homes in partnership with families who demonstrate a need for housing and a willingness to work with us to purchase a home of their own. With the help of our generous supporters and volunteers, since our establishment in 1991 we have empowered over 126 families in our community to achieve their dream of owning a safe, decent and affordable home. Learn more at www.habitatsouthpalmbeach.org.
About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.Habitat.org