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Local special needs family gets keys to a new home

11:06 AM, Dec 19, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Deborah Finklea and her two special needs children, Marcus and Michelle, will receive keys to their new home during the December 22 Jaguars game.

The Jacksonville Jaguars and EverBank teamed up with HabiJax to provide volunteers and funding for the construction of two homes.
Ms. Finklea has volunteered at the HabiJax Re-Store, worked at the home building site, participated in educational workshops and saved money for a down payment to meet HabiJax guidelines and qualifications.

In addition, Ms. Finklea will complete 300 hours of volunteer service to earn her home.

"I am so grateful for this opportunity that the Lord has blessed me and my family with in being able to purchase a home through HabiJax," said Ms. Finklea. "I wanted to buy a HabiJax home because I want to be able to leave something for my children."

Jaguars' players, coaches, EverBank employees, staff and members of The ROAR Cheerleaders worked on the house throughout the building process.

"Participating in the building of these homes with HabiJax is something our employees look forward to every year," said Rob Clements, Chief Executive Officer of EverBank and Chairman of the Board. "HabiJax and the Jaguars both do so much to help build a strong and vibrant community here in Jacksonville. We are excited that this family will be able to enjoy Christmas in their new home."

To learn more about volunteering with HabiJax and their mission, visit

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