Sea Star Line recently teamed up with HabiJax in a project to build homes for needy Jacksonville families. The project, named SuperBuild XXXIX to coincide with the energy and excitement associated with the Jacksonville-hosted Super Bowl, challenged Jacksonville volunteers and corporate sponsors to build 39 new homes. All 39 of these, including the Sea Star sponsored home, were completed by kick-off time on February 6, Super Bowl Sunday.
“We feel so fortunate to be able to participate in this worthy cause,” said Bill Warden, Vice President of Finance for Sea Star Line, and the company’s executive level sponsor to HabiJax. “In addition to the privilege of providing the financial support to build a new home for a needy family, our employees and their families were allowed to contribute much of the ‘muscle and sweat’ needed in the construction of the home. All of our employees who participated were gratified by the experience, and felt a strong sense of community ’ it’s a great program and we thank HabiJax for extending the invitation to Sea Star Line. We value our relationship with HabiJax and plan to participate in future projects.”
The building campaign was launched with a kick-off event on October 11, 2004. Program co-chairs David Hicks and Delores Barr Weaver delivered remarks, and were joined by city leaders and representatives from HabiJax’s long list of corporate sponsors. “This is an unprecedented time in the history of both Jacksonville and HabiJax,” said Mary Kay O’Rourke, interim president of HabiJax. “The sense of urgency that surrounds our work is very real, and this event is a great way to communicate our motivation and eagerness.”
HabiJax is the Jacksonville arm of Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, GA. Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty in housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house. At that time, more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes that they helped to build, and which they are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. In Jacksonville, HabiJax volunteers have built more than 1200 homes for people in need since 1989.