giving back Heaven-Sent With Renovation Angel, you give back your kitchen—and give back to charity. By Joanne Chive hen Susan Maounis bought a luxury home, she knew she wanted to rebuild it, but she did not know what UPEPXJUIBMMPGUIFLJUDIFOBQQMJBODFTBOEmYUVSFT that were still in good condition. That is when her architect referred her to Renovation Angel �d;BOPOQSPmUPSHBOJ[BUJPOUIBU provides free, insured and professional removal of high-end kitchens. The materials are then packed up and transported to Green Demolitions, a 43,000-square-foot showroom in New Jersey, where they are sold for discounts of up to 90 percent. 1SPDFFETGSPNUIFTBMFTUIFOHPUPDIBSJUBCMFPSHBOJ[BUJPOT�f; W The mastermind behind Renovation Angel is founder Steve Feldman, who launched the concept in 2005. Since then, NPSFUIBO �f; NJMMJPOIBTCFFOEJTUSJCVUFEUPOPOQSPmUTUIBU focus on at-risk youth, addiction recovery, job training and TPDJBMFOUSFQSFOFVSTIJQ�f;0OFTVDIPSHBOJ[BUJPOJT'PDVT/PSUI America, a national charity that provides school supplies for children in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Feldman encourages homeowners to donate—not sell—their kitchens, because they will receive full tax deductions in doing TP�f;#VUOPOQSPmUTBOEDMJFOUTBSFOPUUIFPOMZPOFTXIPCFOFmU TPEPUIFFDPOPNZBOEUIFFOWJSPONFOU�f;5IFPSHBOJ[BUJPOIBT created more than $16.8 million in jobs and has diverted an BTUPOJTIJOH NJMMJPOQPVOETGSPNMBOEmMMTOBUJPOXJEF�f; “It is a win-win for everyone,” Feldman says, “for our donors, industry professionals, the people that buy the inventory (we refer to them as ‘luxury bargain hunters’), the environment and OPOQSPmUPSHBOJ[BUJPOT�f;w renovationangel.org Renovation Angel’s crew removing a 7-year-old luxury kitchen, referred by Matthew Quinn, nationally renowned kitchen designer. Other Ways to Give Back Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami Mission: Established in 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami brings volunteers together to build homes for families in OFFE�f;4JODFJUTJODFQUJPO�d;UIFPSHBOJ[BUJPOIBTCVJMUNPSFUIBO 1,138 homes in Miami-Dade County. Get Involved: *OBEEJUJPOUPmOBODJBMDPOUSJCVUJPOT�d;UIF PSHBOJ[BUJPOTFFLTDVTUPNFSTUPTVQQPSUJUT)BCJUBUGPS)VNBOJUZ ReStores, which sell reusable and surplus building materials, furniture and appliances. Volunteers are also needed to help with special projects and events. miamihabitat.org Carrfour Supportive Housing Mission: Founded by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Homeless Committee, Carrfour Supportive Housing is the MBSHFTUOPOQSPmUQSPWJEFSPGTVQQPSUJWFBOEBGGPSEBCMFIPVTJOH in the state. It has provided homes for more than 10,000 formerly homeless people since its establishment in 1993. Get Involved: In addition to housing, Carrfour offers assistance BOEQSPHSBNTUPIFMQMPDBMTNJOJNJ[FUIFJSDIBODFTPGCFDPNJOH homeless again. Financial contributions and sponsorships are needed to support these services and to help eliminate homelessness in South Florida. carrfour.org 130 South Florida Luxury Guide Images courtesy Renovation Angel
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