Flower City Habitat for Humanity Inc. builds homes and revitalizes neighborhoods in the city of Rochester. Since 1984 it has built more than 190 homes in low-income neighborhoods, including 34 in the JOSANA area west of downtown, where its goal is to build 100.
The homes are built by volunteers who are trained and supervised by professional construction supervisors. Financial support, donated materials and construction services are provided by individuals, faith groups and businesses in Monroe County.
Homes are constructed for families that are first-time homeowners, have income less than 60 percent of Rochester's median level and meet other requirements. The families buy their homes with no-interest, 30-year mortgages held by Flower City Habitat for Humanity. Each family contributes 450 hours of sweat equity, half to work on its own home and half on other houses.
Flower City Habitat for Humanity's support services for homeowners include instruction in topics such as budgeting and home maintenance. It also has a library and book program for homeowners' children. It conducts an annual back-to-school drive to provide school supplies for children, distributes food baskets at Thanksgiving and operates an adopt-a-family program before Christmas.
Another program called A Brush With Kindness does exterior home repairs and weatherization on owner-occupied homes in Rochester. Funding is limited, so priority is given to people who are elderly, disabled or veterans and meet income guidelines.
Flower City Habitat for Humanity uses more than 4,000 volunteers a year, not only to build houses but for office work, committee service and fundraising. One fundraising endeavor is the ReStore, a retail operation selling donated furniture, appliances and building materials, both new and used.
Flower City Habitat for Humanity has 15 employees, and Arthur Woodward is CEO. Its office and ReStore are at 755 Culver Road, and its website is www.rochesterhabitat.org.
Financial record Year ending June 30, 2012
House sponsorships $475,914 21
Fundraising and donations 472,487 21
Sale of homes 405,002 18
ReStore income 355,646 16
Homebuilding grants 257,140 12
Other 275,848 12
Total revenue $2,242,037 100
Cost of homes sold $713,677 32
ReStore program services 391,621 18
General and administrative 365,499 16
Fundraising 351,430 16
Construction overhead and other services 246,571 11
Other 149,376 7
Total expenses $2,218,174 100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses $23,863
Board of Directors
Russell Bullock, chairman; president and CEO, Erdman, Anthony and Associates Inc.
Lisa Critchley, vice chairwoman; senior vice president, Home Properties Inc.
Michael Doody, treasurer; partner, EFP Rotenberg LLP
Tim Scahill, secretary; president, the Layer 8 Group Inc.
Tom Rogers, immediate past chairman; president and chief operating officer, Broadstone Real Estate LLC
Michelle Ashby; CEO, Tipping Point Media Inc.
Robert August; retired senior vice president, Monro Muffler Brake Inc., and managing partner, Laser Wash Group LLC
John Cake; principal and vice president for architecture, Hunt Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors P.C.
Andrew Carpentier; president, Rochester Magnet Co.
Heidi Caton; partner, the Bonadio Group
Charles Cummings; president and CEO, Cummings Construction LLC
Kevin Duhamel; retired from Chase Bank
Chris Heath; administrative vice president, M&T Bank
Edward Lipski; vice president and investment officer, Wells Fargo Advisors
Ann McCormick; executive vice president, Home Properties Inc.
Timothy McCormick; retired CEO, Unity Health System
Reece McKenzie, vice president, Genesee Regional Bank
Sharon Stiller; partner, Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Einiger LLP
Laura West; marketing director, LeCesse Construction Services LLC
-Researched by James Leunk
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