• Marshall G. Zotara

VIBE Home Makeover Announces ‘Special Consideration’ Nomination Groups

Updated: Nov 19

VIBE Home Makeover and Trilogy Agency are excited to announce that we have finalized the selection of ‘Special Consideration’ nomination groups for our inaugural VIBE Home Makeover for Tampa Bay 2022. While we are now accepting applications from all demographic and income levels, special consideration will be given to four segments or groups, especially those that we have deemed to have provided service above and beyond during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

1. NURSES + FIRST RESPONDERS. May include many health care workers or those in the medical field. First responders include police, firefighters, paramedics, and EMT personnel.

2. TEACHERS + EDUCATORS. May include full-time teachers in public schools or nonpublic schools. Teaching assistants and staff may also fall into this special consideration group.

3. MILITARY FAMILIES. Includes active or retired service members, disabled veterans, or military families with children.

4. FAMILIES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN. Includes any health challenges of children, including long-term or short-term issues. Consideration is also given to those who may have special challenges with one or more parents, or adult children.

We are seeking a family, couple, or single person-in-need. For those families who are NOT considered part of our ‘Special Consideration’ nomination groups, household income guidelines are no more than 300% of federal poverty level ($79,500 for a family of four). For those that MAY be included in our ‘Special Consideration’ groups, income may exceed the 300% guideline. Simply, the greater need a nominee family may have, the more relaxed the income guidelines may be.

Candidates for the VIBE Home Makeover must be a Florida homeowner, residing in Hillsborough or Pinellas county. Our first-year ‘Holiday Edition’ home makeover selection is expected to be made in early 2022. VIBE improvements will be completed during a ‘12 Days of Christmas’ community-build timeline, November 28 through December 10, 2022.

One family-in-need will be selected to receive a $150,000 VIBE designer makeover where more than 20 exterior and interior improvements will be made by our showcase partners. Major upgrades may include exterior and interior painting, landscaping, new flooring, kitchen cabinets, countertops, appliances, bathrooms, furniture, and electronics.

In addition, depending on the family’s needs, other improvements may include smart home technology, lighting, ceiling fans, closets, windows, window treatments, solar, whole home generator, security system, water purification, patio enclosure, outdoor patio furniture, and lawn care equipment.

In addition to these improvements, the ’Holiday Edition’ makeovers include holiday decorations and lights that make their home sparkle for the season for years to come! Our volunteers decorate their home in the spirit of the holiday, blending new with existing family holiday treasures. Depending on the recipient’s wishes, these may include a new fully-decorated Christmas tree; cheerful interior lights and holiday décor; exterior lighting; and outdoor themed displays and inflatables. We will strive to combine our new holiday décor (that the family will keep) with their existing holiday decorations and traditions.

Funding for VIBE Home Makeovers originates from project partners, who contribute financial resources, home related products, and employee volunteer support.

To nominate yourself, or someone in need, visit the VIBE Home Makeover website at www.vibehomemakeover.com and request a nomination application. Share the story about why the person you are nominating would be a good candidate and why the holidays may have special meaning to them.

For additional information, please email VIBE Home Makeover at contact@vibehomemakeover.com, or call 941.867.2300.

Marshall G. Zotara

Senior Managing Director, Trilogy Agency

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