How to Prepare for a Visually-Impaired Family Member

If you have a visually-impaired family member coming to stay with you for any period of time, you should make a few modifications to prepare your home for his stay. Some home modifications will help him feel more independent and confident, and others will help prevent falls and accidents. Of course, you can make modifications that fit any budget, and we share a few suggestions below to help you prepare your home for a visually-impaired family member.

Evaluate Your Home’s Current Condition

There may be some aspects of your home that you don’t realize could pose a challenge to a loved one with a visual impairment. That’s why the first step of preparing your home for him should be a walk-through to determine potential hazards and problem areas. Try to walk through your home as though you are in the shoes of your loved one. If there is a piece of carpeting that is worn and trips you, now is the time to repair or replace it because it poses a tripping hazard to your loved one. If you go out of your way to avoid bumping into a chair leg that is in the walking path of our living room, rearrange your furniture to eliminate the hazard.

Try walking through your hallway or up your stairs at night without turning on any lights. Is there any clutter that blocks your way or trips you? Organize your belongings and put everything in a designated place, or if you find that your home is overly cluttered, consider moving some items to your garage or into storage. Should there be a night light in your hallway to make corners more visible? Install one wherever there needs to be more lighting. Are there cords running across the floor that will trip your loved one? Move them or tape them along the baseboard to eliminate potential falls.

Remember to Check the Exterior of Your Home

Your loved one will spend time outdoors, so you need to make home modifications outside as well as inside. Again, evaluate your property from the perspective of your loved one. Try to walk on your sidewalk at night. If vegetation trips you or blocks sidewalk lights, trim it. Add a handrail to both sides of stairways, especially those leading to decks and porches. Add exterior lighting to increase visibility in the driveway and the yard.

Improve Lighting

Lighting plays a major role in helping people with a visual impairment complete tasks and avoid accidents. Resist the urge to put bright lights and the highest wattage light bulbs in every fixture in your home. People with visual impairment often have light sensitivity and do not need abundant amounts of light. Rather, they prefer natural light and often require sheer window coverings or adjustable blinds so they can filter and redirect light as needed.

Add lighting to areas where your loved one with a visual impairment will complete tasks and spend time reading or working on a hobby. Task lighting is recommended, as are lamps with adjustable necks and those with shades that help direct the light to work areas. Your loved one also may require specialized lamps or bulbs to increase contrast and reduce glare; work with him and his doctor to determine what you need to do to make the lighting in your home work for him.

Glare also poses a problem for people with visual impairments. Arrange furniture so that the back is to windows and light falls over the person’s shoulder. Reposition mirrors and glass-fronted cabinets that reflect the sun’s light or lamp light and produce a glare. Avoid using products that make your floors and tabletops shiny. Again, sheer window coverings and adjustable blinds are helpful in reducing glare.

Preparing your home for a loved one with a visual impairment should begin with you evaluating the inside and outside of the home from his perspective. Then, make accommodations to prevent tripping and falling and increase lighting to improve visibility.

Image via Pixabay by Unsplash
Guest article by Paul Denikin at Dadknowsdiy.com

Hundreds of Women to Build in Lovejoy, Georgia as part of 10th annual National Women Build Week

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LOVEJOY, GA [May 4, 2017] — Hundreds of women will gather in Lovejoy, Georgia for Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build during the week leading up to Mother’s Day as part of Lowe’s National Women Build Week.

National Women Build week is an annual event, now in its 10th year, during which thousands of women across the nation come together to build for their local Habitat for Humanity affiliates.

Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008, and each year provides the support of Lowe’s Heroes volunteers and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills. This year, Lowe’s contributed nearly $2 million to National Women Build Week. Since its partnership began in 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped nearly 6,500 families improve their living conditions.

For this year’s Women Build week, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity will be hosting volunteers from the Atlanta Dream, Habitat for Humanity International, South Metro Association of Realtors, Victory Tabernacle Church International, and more groups. The build will be held in honor of the late Robin Jarvis of Mrs. Sparky’s Electric, a longtime friend and volunteer for Southern Crescent Habitat. The event is a safe-haven for women to practice, excel, and build for other women. Volunteers will be working on the homes for 5 new future Habitat homeowners in Lovejoy, Georgia. Building will take place on May 6th, May 9th, May 11th, and May 12th from 9am-3pm.

About Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity
Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity (SCHFH) helps low-income families find opportunity, stability and improve their quality of life. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive and affordable homes, to repair existing homes, and to address community needs through comprehensive neighborhood revitalization. SCHFH also launched a youth program in 2016, providing safe, educational, and fun learning spring break and summer camp opportunities for kids ages 10 and up. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has impacted over 330 families in South Metro Atlanta.

For more information on how to get involved or how to qualify for a Habitat home, visit schabitat.org or call 770.477.2367. Follow us on Twitter (@schabitatfh), follow us on Instagram (@schabitatfh), and like us on Facebook.

Media Contact
Name: Trisha Pintavorn
Title: Marketing and Communications Manager at Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity
E-mail: Trisha.Pintavorn@schabitat.org
Office: 770-477-2367

View more photos here.

Sarah Lively
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
704-758-4863
sarah.f.lively@lowes.com 

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Lowe’s hosts ‘how-to’ construction clinics for volunteers leading up to Habitat for Humanity’s 10th National Women Build Week

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JONESBORO (April 1, 2017) – Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity and longtime national partner Lowe’s are hosting “how-to” construction clinics for women volunteering during the 10th annual National Women Build Week. Taking place May 6 through 14, National Women Build Week encourages women to devote at least one day to helping families build a decent and affordable place they can call home in their local community.

“We are so excited to welcome back Lowe’s as an official Women Build partner for their 10th year,” said Brenda Rayburn, Executive Director of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity. “This year, we are hosting women of all skill levels to join us on the build site and take the clinics hosted by Lowe’s to learn valuable construction skills.”

Similar clinics are taking place across the country and are open to women interested in volunteering at a local Women Build site during National Women Build Week. Local clinics will be held at Lowe’s of Stockbridge at 3505 Mount Zion Rd, Stockbridge, Georgia 30281on the following date:

How to Finish Interior with Paint and Trim                            April 15th                             10:30am

To sign up for the clinic, volunteers should contact Megan Hepker at 770.477.2367.

Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008, and each year provides the support of Lowe’s Heroes volunteers and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills. This year, Lowe’s contributed nearly $2 million to National Women Build Week. Since its partnership began in 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped nearly 6,500 families improve their living conditions.

About Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity (SCHFH) helps low-income families find opportunity, stability and improve their quality of life. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive and affordable homes, to repair existing homes, and to address community needs through comprehensive neighborhood revitalization. SCHFH also launched a youth program in 2016, providing safe, educational, and fun learning spring break and summer camp opportunities for kids ages 10 and up. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has impacted over 330 families in South Metro Atlanta.

For more information on how to get involved or how to qualify for a Habitat home, visit schabitat.org or call 770.477.2367. Follow us on Twitter (@schabitatfh), follow us on Instagram (@schabitatfh), and like us on Facebook.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

About Lowe’s in the Community

Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowe’s Open House digital newsroom or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.

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Media Contacts
Trisha Pintavorn
Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity
770-477-2367
Trisha.Pintavorn@schabitat.org

Sarah Lively
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
704-758-4863
sarah.f.lively@lowes.com 

The Best DIY Easter Service Projects For Your Family

It’s easy to get caught up in the fun aspect of any holiday and lose the real meaning behind it, and Easter is no exception. Making sure you have a full Easter basket for your kids, coloring eggs and hiding them, and preparing a big lunch or dinner for your family might take up most of your thoughts this spring, but don’t forget to do a little something for your community or church this year.

Fortunately, there are several DIY projects that are simple to pull off and will create a lasting impact on your friends and loved ones. The best way to service your community and your church is to show them you care; here are some of the best ways to do just that.

Give back

Organize a community supper for the less fortunate on Easter Sunday, where anyone who is hungry can come to a safe place and break bread. Or, you can put together a charity run and donate the proceeds to your local Habitat for Humanity and get your church members involved. Gather candy, fruit, plastic Easter eggs, and small toys or art supplies and put together baskets to give to local shelters for victims of domestic violence. Pulling together your church to help the community is a great way to give back and bond with the congregation.

Prayer cards

Using your computer or some creativity and art supplies, make a card for each member of your church and hand them out during service. On each card, place a spot for someone’s name and a message asking each member to pray for one person, write their name on the card, and then use the card to invite that person to church.

Community yard sale

There are several ways to go about this; you can invite members of the community to bring their items to the church parking lot, where tables and tents will be set up for a sale, and give the money to a charity like your local Habitat for Humanity; you can also ask members of the church to donate gently used children’s clothing and toys and invite the community to come and buy items during a big sale. These events always do well, as children’s items are expensive and parents are usually looking for a deal.

Art show

Ask members of the church to put their creativity to good use and make artwork depicting Easter and other religious scenes, which can be hung up in a community room at the church. Set up a spot for musicians to play and ask any writers in the group to contribute a poem or short story to be read aloud in honor of the day. Invite the community to come and take part in the celebration.

Give a gift

Brighten someone’s day by taking small gifts around to senior homes, fire stations, police stations, and hospitals. You can take up a collection to buy Easter lilies, or make small Easter baskets filled with goodies to show the community’s appreciation for the nurses, police officers, firefighters, and seniors who live in and serve the neighborhood. If you need assistance with this type of giving, your local Habitat for Humanity can connect you with seniors and Habitat homeowners in need. 

Get the little ones involved

Organize an Easter play starring the littlest members of your church, and invite members of the community to come and see the story of the Resurrection in a special service.

Author: Paul Denikin
Photo via Pixabay by Alexas_Fotos

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Larry Glover Pays Off His Mortgage in Just 9 Years

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MORROW, GA [March 7, 2017] –Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) homeowner Larry Glover has paid off his home in just 9 years.

Larry Glover moved into his Habitat home in Morrow, Georgia in December 2009. At the time, he was working as an assistant to his pastor. A graduate in carpentry of Atlanta Technical College, Larry and his wife were working hard to support their daughter Tosha, who had just entered Griffin Technical College at the time. 9 years later, Larry has achieved what at once seemed unthinkable: he turned in his last mortgage payment this past December after just 9 years. Larry and his family celebrated this accomplishment with SCHFH staff members, board members, and volunteers at a small mortgage pay-off party at SCHFH offices.

Habitat for Humanity houses are affordable homes built by volunteer-driven construction in which homeowners pay a 0% interest on the lifetime of their 20-year or 30-year mortgage. Larry Glover gives his thanks to both Habitat and his faith for allowing him to pay off his mortgage early: “I’m a born again Christian and I trust God. I thank God for Habitat for Humanity. I needed a hand up and Habitat for Humanity was right there to put me in the right position and to be able to pay my house off in 9 years, thank God. I’m just happy about this.”

His daughter, Tosha, also spoke to her father’s work ethic and kind heart at the celebration. “No better person could have been awarded a house. At the time when he applied, I was just starting school. We were living with my grandmother. I remember when we first moved there, we didn’t want to move there, but he said she’s getting older, she needs help, so he moved the whole family [to her home] and he fixed my grandmother’s whole house.  She had 14 children, and they’d all come and help, but I really felt like my dad and maybe my uncle were really the primary people to help… he had sacrificed our comfort to go and help somebody else. I remember feeling that Habitat had been a blessing to him because he had been a blessing to somebody else,” said Tosha.

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program offers qualified, hard-working, low-income families the opportunity to own a home. “They take people in with good credit, good work ethic, no criminal background. That’s the kind of environment I want to be in. I live next to good people,” says Larry, who lives on a street with 10 other Habitat homeowners. “They go to work every day. I truly believe that God put this organization in place.

What continues to amaze me is that Larry’s testimony is just one story out of hundreds of families impacted by Southern Crescent Habitat,” said Trisha Pintavorn, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity’s Development Manager. “We are happy to have been able to help Larry and look forward to continuing to serve folks like him in years to come.”

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity board member Jim Corbin of Corbin Comfort Systems shared opening remarks to begin the celebration, and Pastor Jared Newlove of Antioch Baptist Church blessed Larry and his family, reading from the Second Epistle of Paul to Timothy. Sublime Doughnuts and Starbucks donated refreshments for the day.

To donate to help families like Larry Glover, please visit schabitat.org. 

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About Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity
Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity (SCHFH) helps low-income families find opportunity, stability and improve their quality of life. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive and affordable homes, to repair existing homes, and to address community needs through comprehensive neighborhood revitalization. SCHFH also launched a youth program in 2016, providing safe, educational, and fun learning spring break and summer camp opportunities for kids ages 10 and up. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has impacted over 330 families in South Metro Atlanta.

For more information on how to get involved or how to qualify for a Habitat home, visit schabitat.org or call 770.477.2367. Follow us on Twitter (@schabitatfh), follow us on Instagram (@schabitatfh), and like us on Facebook.
Media Contact
Name: Trisha Pintavorn
Title: Development Manager at Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity
E-mail: Trisha.Pintavorn@schabitat.org
Office: 770-477-2367

Outhouse no more. Help us build a bathroom for your senior neighbor.

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FAYETTEVILLE, GA [February 23, 2017] –Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is fundraising to build a bathroom for a senior resident in need.

Walter Prayor, 82, has been residing in Fayetteville since 1946. He lives in a small, simple, one-bedroom home that he helped his father and uncle build.

Times were tough growing up for Walter, his siblings, and parents: “I had to pick cotton in order to make a living, and I picked so much cotton that my shoulder blades burnt like fire, and I had to come home at night to rub them down…but I made it through, you know, by the help of the good Lord,” Walter said.

One Sunday afternoon when he was a teenager, Walter met his wife, Claudia, at the 85 drive in theater. They fell in love and were married in 1955. To support Claudia, Walter worked in the sanitation department in Forest Park, Georgia his entire life. Together, Claudia and Walter had 8 children, raising them in that same one-bedroom home.

Now, at age 81, Walter still lives in that same home. Having had so many memories there, his home is his heart.

However, he has no bathroom. Mr. Prayor uses an outhouse and takes bucket showers to stay clean.

His home is in need of critical repairs, and most of all, a bathroom.

Thus far, groups such as the MOMS Club, Inman Park Elementary, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity donors, and Coweta-Fayette Trust have given to his project.

If you would like to donate to help Mr. Prayor obtain a bathroom, please visit our GoFundMe at www.schabitat.org/prayor.

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About Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity
Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity (SCHFH) helps low-income families find opportunity, stability and improve their quality of life. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive and affordable homes, to repair existing homes, and to address community needs through comprehensive neighborhood revitalization. SCHFH also launched a youth program in 2016, providing safe, educational, and fun learning spring break and summer camp opportunities for kids ages 10 and up. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has impacted over 330 families in South Metro Atlanta.

For more information on how to get involved or how to qualify for a Habitat home, visit schabitat.org or call 770.477.2367. Follow us on Twitter (@schabitatfh), follow us on Instagram (@schabitatfh), and like us on Facebook.
Media Contact
Name: Trisha Pintavorn
Title: Development Manager at Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity
E-mail: Trisha.Pintavorn@schabitat.org
Office: 770-477-2367

TOTO Donates Bathroom Appliances to Be Used in Over 150 Habitat for Humanity Homes

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JONESBORO, GA [February 15, 2017] –TOTO, the world’s largest manufacturer of bathroom fixtures and fittings, donated enough inventory to Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity for over 150 new Habitat projects. Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity now has enough top-of-the-line sinks, showers, bathtubs, and other bathroom appliances for its housing projects for the next 5 to 10 years which include new home builds, rehabilitations, and home repairs. In total, the market value of the donation is nearly $200,000.
“At TOTO, we’ve always been inspired by a desire to improve people’s quality of life. We believe that people should have the greatest comfort, convenience, and performance possible in the bathroom— that’s why we design products that make our lives cleaner, healthier, less complicated and more beautiful,” said the TOTO team. “We are very happy to partner with Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity who share our vision of creating a better life for all.”
“TOTO has been an incredible partner to us throughout the years, whether it be volunteering on the construction site, sponsoring our events, serving on our board, or donating their products,” said Trisha Pintavorn, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity’s Development Manager. “This donation is truly the culmination of years of service to the Southern Crescent Habitat mission. We were so overwhelmed when we learned that they are setting us up for our Habitat homeowners’ futures, and we really cannot thank them enough. TOTO is truly business at its best.”

TOTO is headquartered in Kitakyushu, Japan, but its American headquarters TOTO USA are located in Morrow, Georgia. Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International operating in Clayton, Henry, and Fayette County of South Metro Atlanta.

About TOTO
TOTO USA is headquarters for the Americas Division of the TOTO Global Group, which was established in 1917 with the founding of TOTO, Ltd., in Kitakyushu, Japan. TOTO is the world’s largest manufacturer of bathroom fixtures and fittings with $5.1 billion dollars in annual sales. For nearly 100 years, TOTO has been the recognized leader in performance innovation and design with products that enhance the luxury bathroom experience. Today, the company maintains 25,700 employees in 69 offices around the world and owns manufacturing facilities in Japan, Mexico, the USA, China and Europe with an affiliated network of more than 80 production facilities worldwide. With over 1,500 engineers on staff and three centers devoted to research and development, TOTO is dedicated to engineering products that respect the environment while meeting people’s needs for comfort, beauty, and performance. TOTO’s corporate philosophy – People-First Innovation – is the guiding principle for all the company’s processes, from engineering and design to manufacturing and sales. Consumers enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing they purchased a brand that innovates to improve people’s quality of life. Winner of numerous domestic and international awards and recognitions, TOTO is the only plumbing manufacturer honored as Water Efficiency Leader by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The company continues to raise industry standards and consumer expectations as to what is possible in the bathroom, as TOTO believes a high-quality bathroom is an experience and an everyday luxury people value and appreciate.

For more information, consumers may visit www.totousa.com or call 1.888.295.8134, Option 5. Follow TOTO on Twitter (@TOTOUSA) and become a TOTO fan on Facebook

 

About Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity
Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity (SCHFH) helps low-income families find opportunity, stability and improve their quality of life. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive and affordable homes, to repair existing homes, and to address community needs through comprehensive neighborhood revitalization. SCHFH also launched a youth program in 2016, providing safe, educational, and fun learning spring break and summer camp opportunities for kids ages 10 and up. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has impacted over 330 families in South Metro Atlanta.

For more information on how to get involved or how to qualify for a Habitat home, visit schabitat.org or call 770.477.2367. Follow us on Twitter (@schabitatfh), follow us on Instagram (@schabitatfh), and like us on Facebook.

 

Media Contact
Name: Trisha Pintavorn
Title: Development Manager at Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity
E-mail: Trisha.Pintavorn@schabitat.org
Office: 770-477-2367

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WSB-TV’s News Anchor Dave Huddleston Will Host the 3rd Annual Golden Hammer Awards Presented by Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

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JONESBORO, GA [January 30, 2017] — Dave Huddleston, Channel 2 Action News Anchor, will serve as the host for the “Golden Hammer Awards,” taking place at Wyndham Peachtree Hotel and Conference Center in Peachtree City, GA on Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at 5:00 pm.  The Golden Hammer Awards is an annual, semi-formal benefit gala recognizing individuals and organizations that support revitalization and growth in the South Metro Atlanta area through volunteerism and philanthropy with Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity.

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity will be honoring those who have provided exceptional support to their mission of helping low-income families with first-time homeownership and home repair services who are in need of a hand-up, not a handout. The awards ceremony will include a dinner, an open bar provided for VIP guests, an awards ceremony, stories from Habitat homeowners, a screening of a short film about Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, and a silent auction. The proceeds from the ceremony will serve the goal of building homes, communities, and hope in Clayton, Henry, and Fayette County. Proceeds raised from the evening’s silent auction will specifically fund Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity’s youth program, giving all children the chance to have a fun and educational summer, no matter their families’ income level.

Dave Huddleston came to Channel 2 Action News as a reporter/anchor in January 2012.  He joined WSB-TV after criss-crossing the country.  Raised in Tacoma, Wash., Dave has won numerous awards including the 2011 Emmy for Best Anchor in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey.

“We are grateful to Dave for joining us and agreeing to host our event,” says Kem Kimbrough, CEO of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity. “We recently celebrated our 30th anniversary and over 330 families impacted. The Golden Hammer Awards is our way of inviting the community to celebrate the families we have served in the South Atlanta area and the individuals that have helped make it all possible. We can’t wait to serve this community for 30 more years, and to impact even more families. We hope you will join us for an unforgettable night.”

To purchase tickets, please visit www.schabitat.org/goldenhammer. For sponsorship opportunities, please e-mail Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity Development Manager Trisha Pintavorn at development@schabitat.org. Join the conversation by following our social media pages @SCHabitatFH and hashtag #BuildWithSCHabitat.

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About Dave Huddleston
Dave Huddleston came to Channel 2 Action News as a reporter/anchor in January 2012.  He comes to WSB-TV after criss-crossing the country.  Raised in Tacoma, Wash., Dave has won numerous awards including the 2011 Emmy for Best Anchor in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey.

He and a team of reporters won a George Foster Peabody award for a series of stories on mentoring.  In 2008, he won another national award, the National Association of Black Journalist’s Salute to Excellence Award for a report on Temple Hospital’s from the Cradle to the Grave Program.
Dave started his career in Seattle, Washington as a production assistant on Evening Magazine.  He then moved to the Midwest and in front of the camera in Madison, Wis.  He got the call to join WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, Minn. after the news director spotted him on TV in Madison.

Philadelphia, Pa., and the FOX owned and operated station was the next stop where Dave was the primary co-anchor for the FOX  29 10 o’clock news.  He joined the CBS station, KYW in Philadelphia and helped launched Eyewitness News at 10 on the CW Philly and the Emmy award winning Brotherly Love Report, a series of stories of average citizens doing great things through volunteer activities.

Dave has sat on numerous local and national boards including the National Marrow Donor Program, Washington State University’s Foundation, and was an executive board member for the Penn-Jersey Red Cross and executive board member for the Philadelphia Gift of Life Organization.

About Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity
Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity (SCHFH) helps low-income families find opportunity, stability and improve their quality of life. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive and affordable homes, to repair existing homes, and to address community needs through comprehensive neighborhood revitalization. SCHFH also launched a youth program in 2016, providing safe, educational, and fun learning spring break and summer camp opportunities for kids ages 10 and up. To date, SCHFH has impacted over 330 families in South Metro Atlanta. For more information on how to get involved or how to qualify for a Habitat home, visit schabitat.org.

Media Contact
Name: Trisha Pintavorn
E-mail: Trisha.Pintavorn@schabitat.org
Office: 770-477-2367
Mobile: 404-694-0507

Lloyd Jones: A Veteran’s Journey to His First Home with Habitat for Humanity

Meet Lloyd. Lloyd Jones spent 14 years active in the military and 6 years in the reserves, where he was stationed everywhere from Korea to Germany. An Atlanta native, he spent a lot of time looking to purchase a home, but his offers were all declined or outbid. By chance, he one day happened upon volunteers building homes by Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity.

“They were everything I wanted. A ranch. A porch. Affordable, and a great location,” Lloyd said. Thus, he made the life-changing decision to apply, and he was quickly accepted.

Lloyd now resides in the beautiful city of Lovejoy, and was even named Homeowner of the Year by Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity at our annual Golden Hammer Awards. At 59 years old, this is the first home he has ever owned. But Lloyd tells us the wait was well worth it: “As a soldier, you go to many duty stations. You go to many places so you look forward to unpacking your duffle bag, and right now, I’m in Fort Living Room in Lovejoy, Georgia!”

Want to help more veteran homeowners like Lloyd? Visit schabitat.org/gagivesday to donate today, and your donation is doubled, thanks to a generous matching gift from our Board.

 

Home For The Holidays-December Habitat Happenings

Lowes Gives Day

On December 12, 2015 from 9am-1pm, Southern Crescent Habitat will be at the Lowes in McDonough raising funds for a much needed generator.  Stop out and see us for some holiday goodies and to make your donation.  This is the third time Lowe’s Home Improvement in McDonough has partnered with Southern Crescent Habitat to hold a giving day.  Big thanks goes out to Store Manager, Richie Carter, and his team for all of their support.

   

Beyond Home Repair 

Earlier this year, Ms. Charlotte reached out to Habitat to see if we could make some home modifications to assist her with the care of her son Rodney. He was born with Cerebral Palsy and was not expected to live but just a few years.  Although Rodney is not currently able to walk, sit up, swallow, comprehend or see, he beat all odds and is now 18 years old!  As a single mother, Charlotte has had to care for Rodney on her own, which unfortunately caused cervical stenosis from lifting him from his wheelchair throughout the years. She had spinal surgery as a result and is on her way to a full recovery.  Southern Crescent was able to transform Charlotte’s bathroom to make it fully handicap accessible with a roll in shower.  She will no longer have to lift Rodney which will make things much easier for her to recover.  We were grateful for the opportunity to serve such a deserving family.

 

Faith In Action

We put our faith in action on November 19, 2015 along with clergy members from Divine Faith Ministries, Cindy Trimm Ministries, McDonough Christian Church, and Salem Baptist. Everyone came together with one common goal to help families who need a hand up, not a hand out. Future homeowners Terri and Tracy earned sweat equity while working on their homes alongside the volunteers.  Our next Interfaith Build kicks off in February for future homeowner Michelle and her son Jaylan. For sponsorship information, please contact development@schabitat.org.