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Budget Blinds and JM Family Enterprises Partner with Habitat For Humanity of Broward to Provide Affordable Housing

Budget Blinds® joined forces with JM Family Enterprises, Inc., parent company to Home Franchise Concepts (HFC) and Budget Blinds, and Habitat for Humanity® of Broward on four single-family home builds within the Rick Case Habitat Community in South Florida. Since 2014 Budget Blinds has donated and installed window blinds in mortgage-free homes for veteran support organization, Homes for Our Troops, so joining JM Family, who has sponsored and helped to build Habitat for Humanity homes since 2002, was a natural evolution. 

Changing lives through the power of community
The Rick Case Habitat Community is designed to provide affordable housing for 77 families, made possible by an ongoing, collective community effort of sponsors, volunteers, and personal and corporate donors like JM Family and Budget Blinds, who are committed to helping families reach the milestone of homeownership. Home recipients qualify by need, ability to pay the zero-interest mortgage, willingness to invest sweat equity (working alongside volunteers), and attendance in financial and budget education classes. Additionally, potential homeowners participate as the homes are built with hands-on involvement, community service, and Habitat support efforts.

A home of their own
All hardworking moms determined to create a better future for their children, these four women receiving the homes have aligned with Habitat for Humanity to make dreams of homeownership come true. Latoya Marshall, one of the moms, shares a feeling shared by them all: “This has been a blessing. Our home will provide the security and stability my children need to help them grow.”

Tashaundra Cunningham was so determined to provide the type of home she wanted for her son that she took a second job to ensure qualification for a Habitat home that could change their lives. She got approval on Christmas Eve and shares, “It was the best Christmas present ever! The gift that keeps on giving.”

Sabrina Williams is mom to four adopted kids and, as an elementary school nurse, she tends even more children, providing first aid, hugs, and medications. Her ultimate goal is to open a medical care facility for children living with autism. She has raised her kids to rely on each other and is proud of the strong family bonds they have formed.

Latoya Marshall is mom to three kids, her son and two nieces that have been with them for six years. The first of her family to be a homeowner, she’s excited to have an affordable home for security for her family and an investment for when the children are grown.

Tonisha Palmer, with Habitat for Humanity, has met her goal of owning a home to provide safety and stability for her children and is now looking to finish her college degree in elementary education. This home will afford the children their own rooms, something new and exciting!

Making every house into a home
Tom Kay, franchise owner of Budget Blinds of East Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach and his team were happy to participate in the Habitat project by donating, measuring, and installing custom wood blinds from Budget Blinds’ exclusive Signature Series® collection. These blinds will increase energy efficiency as well as provide complete light and privacy control throughout the entire home.

Tom shares, “We were honored to collaborate with our parent company JM Family on this effort with Habitat of Broward. As a family-owned and community-minded business, we hope our Budget Blinds window treatments help make these four houses feel a bit more like home for these deserving families.”

Additionally, JM Family has developed their own “signature” contributions aside from the dozens of hands-on volunteers to each project. Bricks, mortar, and paint do indeed a house make, but some warm fuzzies are always nice, so JM Family supplied each family with a new washer and dryer as well as a special housewarming basket full of goodies, including bedding, housewares, gift cards, toys, and more. With social distancing currently in effect and these four home presentations being done virtually, the baskets will be personally delivered later in the year during the holidays when the ban on socializing has lifted.
About JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

JM Family Enterprises, Inc., founded by Jim Moran in 1968, is a $17.7 billion diversified automotive company ranked No. 20 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. It is also ranked No. 26 by FORTUNE® as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For®, its 22nd consecutive year on the list. JM Family has more than 4,400 associates and its primary subsidiaries include: Southeast Toyota Distributors, the world’s largest independent distributor of Toyota vehicles; JM&A Group, one of the leading independent providers of finance and insurance (F&I) products in the automotive industry; Southeast Toyota Finance and DataScan, both part of World Omni Financial Corp., a diversified financial services company; JM Lexus, South Florida’s only Lexus Plus dealer; and Home Franchise Concepts, a franchise network of home improvement products and services consisting of Budget Blinds, Tailored Living, Concrete Craft and AdvantaClean. Headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Fla., JM Family has major U.S. operations in Jacksonville and Margate, Fla.; Commerce and Alpharetta, Ga.; Mobile, Ala.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Irvine, Calif. Interact with JM Family on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn