Southern Crescent Habitat Helps Organization Fight Hunger in Clayton County

Diane Soroko bags items for the Weekend Food Bags to distribute to students in Clayton County Public Schools

Today, one in six families spend at least half their income in rent or mortgage, often choosing between paying for housing or purchasing food. Unfortunately, this is the story of far too many families. Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is not only doing their part to ensure everyone has a decent place to live, but they are aiding Nothing but the Truth Ministries in their fight against hunger.

According to Cathy Cochran, Southern Crescent Habitat’s Family Services Manager, “Habitat works closely with families that fit the demographic serviced by Nothing but the Truth Ministries. They are low to moderate-income families that sometimes lack the basic necessities, such as food and shelter. We are just happy to be able to provide them with a place to serve our community. ”

Every Friday morning, Nothing but the Truth Ministries and several volunteers fill the Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity conference room to pack “Weekend Food Bags” for Clayton County students to take home in their backpacks. The “Weekend Food Bags” are given to children that school counselors identified as being “food insecure” and in need of additional food for the weekend. The bags typically contain easy-open/self-serve items sourced from Midwest Food Bank in Peachtree City, as well as donations from the local community. 

“Some of these students do not get to experience the simple things that we take for granted…like going in the pantry and knowing that there is something to eat. We often associate hunger with third world countries, but it is happening right in our own backyards,” exclaimed Diane Soroko, the Nothing but the Truth Clayton County Program Coordinator. 

The “Weekend Food” Ministry started in Gwinnett County over 10 years ago and branched out the Clayton County about 5 years ago. There are currently six schools and over 190 students that receive weekend food bags in Clayton County Schools. 

For more information on how you can help Nothing but the Truth Ministries, visit www.nothingbutthetruth146.org. To learn more about Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity’s mission in Henry, Clayton, and Fayette Counties, visit www.schabitat.org.

Home Dedications and Volunteer Appreciation

New Habitat homeowners during home dedication presentation

On June 1st, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity celebrated the home dedications of five new homeowners and the volunteers that made it possible. The event kicked off with home tours provided by a few of our partner families followed by a beautiful program that culminated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

During the program, SCHFH CEO Cynthia Jenkins launched the Friends of Southern Crescent Memorial Fund and honored the memories of John Flowers and Sandra Childress. We also recognized Collective Insights (Volunteer Group of the Year) and Gray Ghost Dave Hesterlee (Volunteer of the Year).

After renting apartments for about 40 years, new homeowner Ms. Haney was ecstatic to cut the ribbon on her new three bedroom craftsman style home. Her story along with those of our other homeowners is the reason why we Habitat!

Special thanks to the former CEO Brenda Rayburn, former board president Elias Makres, Clayton County HUD, Wells Fargo, Georgia Power, and the numerous organizations that lent a hand to help us build these homes.

Southern Crescent Habitat’s Women Build Attracts Hundreds of Women to Repair Homes Across the South Metro Atlanta Area

Southern Crescent’s CEO Cynthia Jenkins welcomes Women Build volunteers in Peachtree City, GA

A sea of pink t-shirts and the sound of heavy-duty machinery filled the South Metro Atlanta area over the last few weeks as Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity completed three critical home repairs for seniors in Henry, Clayton, and Fayette Counties for their annual Women Build event.

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) provided a safe haven for all-women volunteer groups to learn more about construction and landscaping while ensuring our Habitat partner families have a decent place to call home. The volunteers joined our celebrity ambassadors Brandi Harvey of Beyond Her, Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista, Pauli Wade of Wade Works Creative, Dianna Williams of Lifetime’s Bring It!, HGTV Host Egypt Sherrod, Melissa Ingram of Aspire TV, Megan Elliot of Lush to Blush, and Nikki Free of NikkiFreeStyle. The homeowners included a former educator and cancer survivor, a disabled grandmother, and a current bus driver for Fayette County Schools.

With JACOBS engineering group serving as the Community Builder sponsor, SCHFH was able to finish two of the projects and get a jumpstart on the final one. Some of the additional sponsors included Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Wade Works Creative, and the Ladies on Spokes cycling club.

SCHFH joins MOMS Club of Fayetteville for Church Street Park Dedication

Over the past few years, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity has assisted the MOMS Club of Fayetteville in their efforts to revitalize Church Street Park. On April 27, surrounded by all of the community sponsors and local families, Fayetteville Mayor Ed Johnson revealed a new sign during the 3rd annual Church Street Park Festival. In addition to SCHFH, sponsors include Heritage Bank, Clothes Less Traveled, Resurgens Orthopedic, Coweta-Fayette EMC, Main Street Fayetteville, and the city of Fayetteville.

Southern Crescent Closes on Five More Homes in Hannah Springs

Hannah Springs

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is excited to welcome five new homeowners to the Hannah Springs neighborhood in Lovejoy, GA. As of March 2019, we completed and closed on these craftsman style homes located on Rockspray Court with plans to break ground on additional lots this Spring. The home dedications are set for Friday, April 12th. Check out our homeowners at their closings:

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity begins project to renovate home of fallen police officer

Continuing our mission to build hope in the South Atlanta Metro area, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity partnered with Team Depot on March 15th to construct an accessibility ramp for Bradin Maddox, the son of fallen Locust Grove Police Officer Chase Maddox. Building the ramp was the first step in Southern Crescent’s extensive plan to make the Maddox home accessible for Bradin and those who care for him.

Last year tragedy struck the Locust Grove community when Officer Maddox was killed in the line of duty while assisting two Henry County deputies issue a failure to appear warrant. Officer Maddox, a McDonough native, was a veteran of the National Guard. Just four days after the fatal incident, his widow, Alex Maddox, gave birth to the couple’s second son, Bodie. The couple’s oldest son has cerebral palsy and his mobility is very limited.

Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer program, contributed $10k in gift cards to jumpstart the project followed by another $10k from the Home Depot Foundation. Employees from various Home Depot stores, Southern Crescent
staff, and volunteers worked tirelessly in the inclement weather to finish the ramp at the Maddox residence in Griffin, GA.

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity hopes to rally additional community partners to complete other renovations in the home. For more information on how you can help Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity with the Chase Maddox project or other families, please email development@schabitat.org or donate to the GoFundMe at www.gofundme.com/thechasemaddoxproject.

Check out some of the media coverage:
CBS 46: Organization Helps Family of Fallen Officer Chase Maddox
South Metro Neighbor: Family of Fallen Locust Grove Officer to receive home improvements
Henry Herald: Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity to build ramp at Maddox home
Henry County Times: Project ongoing in officer’s memory
11 Alive: A wheelchair-accessible ramp for a fallen hero’s son
AJC: Habitat, Home Depot workers to help son of slain Locust Grove police officer
13WMAZ: Volunteers came together to build an accessible ramp for son of fallen police office Chase Maddox
Fox 5: Help for family of fallen Griffin police officer

Southern Crescent joins affliates around the state for a Day at the Dome

Georgia’s Habitat for Humanity affiliates gathered in the Capital for this year’s Habitat Day at the Dome on February 6th. Southern Crescent had 5 representatives from the 100 Women Who L.E.A.D to help advocate on the passing of House Bill 344. This bill approves a referendum- allowing for property tax exemption on vacant lots Habitat holds for future development. The passing of this bill can make an $8,000 a year difference in expenses.

Fulfilling the Dream: Georgia Power Joins SCHFH for a Day of Service

Georgia Power joined forces with Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity on January 21, 2019 for a day of service to commemorate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. A group of GA Power volunteers, future Habitat homeowners, and Southern Crescent staff worked together to complete homes in the Hannah Springs neighborhood in Lovejoy, GA.

Last year during the MLK Build, Georgia Power helped us raise the walls on the home of Jasmine Nance and by the end of this month, we will be closing on 4 other homes in Hannah Springs. “When you’re able to help build your neighbors home and they are able to build yours…you know each other, you look out for each other…great sense of community,” exclaims Ms. Nance about her experience with SCHFH.

Pinewood Studios Winter Gala was a night to remember for Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity benefits from the “Reel People Care” Pinewood Atlanta Studios Gala 2019


The “Reel People Care” Pinewood Atlanta Studios Winter Gala was a huge success and Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity had the honor of being one of the selected nonprofits benefitting from the event.

The red carpet affair featured exquisite culinary selections from the Hanna Brothers, a silent auction, interactive media experiences, and even live entertainment.
 

Celebrating the “Home Grown” theme, the star-studded evening included speeches from actor and comedian Chris Tucker, filmmakers the Erwin brothers, and Chick-fil-a CEO Dan Cathy.

This unique event allowed guests exclusive access to Pinewood Studios’ Stage 17 where several of our favorite Marvel projects have been filmed.  Over 700 guests filled the room to get a taste of Georgia’s booming film industry while raising a half a million dollars for charities that serve the Fayette County area. 

Through events like this and with your support, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is able to continue our mission to build HOMES, COMMUNITIES, and HOPE in South Metro Atlanta. 

Photos from the event are courtesy of Dre’s Photography. See the complete album here.
 
 

ABOUT SOUTHERN CRESCENT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry dedicated to providing low-income families an opportunity to become successful homeowners through a program of education and support, interest free lending, and volunteer driven construction. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to build attractive and affordable homes, repair existing homes, and to address community needs through neighborhood revitalization. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has built 200 homes and repaired over 150 homes.