Indian River Habitat announces the retirement of its President/CEO this coming April

Connie Poppell, Board Chair of Indian River Habitat for Humanity, announced today that President and CEO Andy Bowler submitted his “notice of retirement.” Andy, who has led this award-winning Habitat affiliate since 2000, plans to retire at the end of April 2018.

Bowler, in his 17 years at the helm, has taken this organization from a small volunteer nonprofit to one of Habitat for Humanity’s top performing affiliates. During his tenure, Habitat has served 764 families locally with a combination of 332 new homes, 88 rehabbed homes and 344 repair projects, the last for the elderly, infirmed and veterans.

Currently, the affiliate is on track in year two of their 5-Year plan to serve 500 more families. This very ambitious and audacious challenge is only made possible by the outstanding support Habitat has received locally from their donors and volunteers.

Poppell said, “Andy recognized the dire on-going need for affordable housing in this community, and had the vision to build the organization to address this deficiency.”

Under Andy’s leadership the affiliate’s practice of tithing enabled Indian River Habitat to help 880 families internationally with much needed shelter, often after natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes.

Many in Indian River County know Habitat through its ReStore, located on US Hwy #1 in Vero Beach. This 40,000-sq. ft. newly expanded retail facility sells a large selection of donated home furnishings and building materials. Nearly 1 in 3 of the homes the affiliate builds is funded through the proceeds of the ReStore.

During the next several months a committee will conduct a nationwide search for Andy’s successor. For more information about Indian River Habitat for Humanity, visit their website at

For further information contact Eve Kyomya at 772-562-9860 ext. 209,