Diana ShoemakerDiana Shoemaker is the Executive Director of Manatee County Habitat for Humanity and has been with Habitat since 2009.

MCHFH began operation in 1994 and to date has built 115 homes in Manatee County with the help of dedicated volunteers, donors and families.  Working alongside qualified partner families the affiliate has successfully built two communities -Washington Park (12 homes) and Village of the Palms (34 homes) in Palmetto.  A third community is now being built in Ellenton and will be home to 18 additional Habitat families when completed in 2015. This community is MCHFH first “green built” neighborhood. In addition to building new homes, Manatee Habitat is working on the revitalization of the community through home repair and rehab of current homes.  Habitat’s work on existing homes in the community is helping low income homeowners who are elderly or disabled to improve their largest asset and give them a safe, healthy and secure place to live. Manatee Habitat has provided basic home improvements, built ramps and completed critical home repairs on 40 homes in Manatee County for the past two years.  This year, MCHFH began a Veteran Build Initiative focusing on providing repairs and rehab to low income veteran’s in need of assistance.   This program has enabled Habitat to work alongside community partners such as Home Depot, Manatee Community Foundation and The Patterson Foundation –Legacy of Valor program to provide help to those who have served us.

Prior to Habitat, Diana helped establish a non profit in Manatee County serving homeless families called Family Promise and served as the organization’s first Director . Diana Shoemaker has a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University and has over 20 years of experience in non-profit and educational program management.

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