Everything You Wanted to Know About Interning for SC Habitat

It’s hard to believe summer’s half-way over, and while we are greatly anticipating the cooler fall weather, all of us at the offices of SC Habitat are not looking forward to saying goodbye to our summer interns, Mary Johnson (left) and Wendy Martinez (right). Before these ladies head back to school, we had the chance to talk with them about what it’s like working at SC Habitat.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Wendy: My name is Wendy. I am from Gainesville, Georgia, I go to Georgia Tech and I’m studying economics. I love going out to restaurants and eating new foods. I love food.

Mary: Well, my name Is Mary. I am a college student. I’m studying biology. I like to shop, swim, spend money, go out with friends, that’s about it!

How did you become interested in Habitat for Humanity?

Wendy: I learned about it through my friend Trisha. I think it’s a great organization and I really have always liked giving back to the community and I think this is a great way to serve people and help people out so I’m really glad that I’m doing this.

Mary: I’ve been with Habitat for over 12 years now because my mom is a homeowner with Habitat. I’ve kinda volunteered since I was small!

What’s your favorite part of working for SC Habitat?

Wendy: The people—everyone is really nice. I really like the casual culture too; I think it suits me.

Mary: The people we get to help is my favorite part: whenever I get to see a family kind of transition from the beginning stages to home ownership, what we’re really about.

What’s a typical day at the office look like for you?

Wendy: Usually I’ll come in around 9, check my e-mail, I read the news and then start on the work I need to get done—usually it involves shopping for food for the youth program and then just helping out Ciara, who is the youth program coordinator. I worked with Trisha and Justin to write a sponsorship package for our youth program, I was looking at food donations and ticket donations for field trips for the youth program. It was a lot of project planning, and a big part of my job is to make sure that we stay inside the budget and plan for expenses and look at details. I also had to be with the kids last week, and I got to teach them a few lessons during the day.

Mary: On a typical day I come in and see what tasks are at hand for the day, make a couple calls. My favorite work project so far has been summer youth camp, even though it has a lot of things to it, it’s been really fun. Accounting stuff has been a lot of fun too.

What has been your most memorable moment during your internship at SC Habitat?

Wendy: I really liked when everyone sang happy birthday to me! That was really nice of everyone.

Mary: Being in the room with the development team and having good laughs, talking with everybody!

If you were a superhero which one would you be?

Wendy: I’d be Tony Stark, because I really like the inside of his helmet.

Mary: Wonder woman because she’s the ultimate woman; she’s strong, she’s wise, and the woman version of Superman. She can do it all.

What’s your favorite quote?

Wendy: Philippians 4:13 – I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Mary: Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.

Interested in getting involved this fall? E-mail our volunteer coordinator, kiera.dunn@schabitat.org to sign up to build with us. 

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Southern Crescent Habitat Challenges Women To Join The 2016 “Women Build” in Lovejoy, Georgia

 

Lovejoy, GA [March 1, 2016] – Women possess all that is needed to create a dramatic change in our community. By this, Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity (SCHFH) is gearing up for the 2016 “Women Build,” an annual project that empowers women to build homes and enable them to positively impact the lives of families by making home ownership a reality. SCHFH challenges all-women volunteer teams to come together to actively work to build a home for LaTonya Flugence and her family. Each volunteer is asked for a contribution to help fund the builds supplies and materials. Volunteer dates will take place on April 2nd, 5th, 7th and 9th at 2338 Glebe Court, Lovejoy, Georgia 30228. To register and make a contribution, please visit schabitat.org/womenbuild

Southern Crescent Habitat’s “Women Build”  is a safe haven for women to practice and excel, no matter what their skill levels. The program nurtures, recruits and train women to build and maintain simple, decent, healthy and affordable homes in their community. This year’s build is dedicated to LaTonya Flugence. Ms. Flugence is a working mother of two sons, Kavious, 20 years of age and Kyle, 17 years of age. She has volunteered at her local Habitat Restore and has successfully completed her sweat equity and is ready to move into her new home.

“I am thankful for Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity and to the woman that are coming together to help build, support, and donate their time to invest in me,” says Flugence.

SCHFH believes that everyone deserves a decent place to live. The affiliate has created opportunities for hard working people to own an attractive and affordable home. To qualify they must have a stable job with a 2-year tenure, spend more than 1/3 of their monthly income on rental housing, meet income requirements and invest 300 hours in sweat equity (building homes) and home ownership (financial and home maintenance) education. Our organization has helped over 300 families in South Atlanta, and would like to invite you to be apart of our mission to double that by 2020.

The Women Build volunteer dates are April 2nd, 5th, 7th and 9th and can accommodate 40 volunteers per day. We are only able to hold volunteer dates with volunteer donation or sponsorship commitment.
If your organization would like to participate in the “Women Build”, please register at schabitat.org/womenbuild and get social by following our Twitter/Facebook/Instagram pages @SCHabitatfh and hashtag #SCHWomenBuild and #BuildWithSCHabitat.
The Sponsorship Deadline is March 25 to be included in promotional material.

To apply for media credentials, please contact Kiara Jones,kiara.jones@schabitat.org 

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 helps build stronger families and neighborhoods through homeowner education which includes financial literacy and by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive, affordable homes and to repair existing homes. SCHFH has created opportunities for hard working people to own an attractive and affordable home. To qualify they must have a stable job with a 2-year tenure, spend more than 1/3 of their monthly income on rental housing, meet income requirements and invest 300 hours in sweat equity (building homes) and home ownership education (financial and home maintenance). SCHFH has helped over 300 families in South Atlanta, and would like to invite you to be apart of our mission to double that by 2020.

FOR MEDIA AND EVENT DETAILS

770.743.6684

Kiara Jones

kiara.jones@schabitat.org

Habitat Hosts Collegiate Challenge Week

JONESBORO, GA (March 6, 2015) – Emory and Henry College students will travel to Austin Meadows during their spring break to volunteer with Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity. The students will help build homes and improve the communities the week of March 9th as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge program.

“We are excited about Emory & Henry College coming to work with us at Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity,” said Chief Development Director, Lynne Washington. Shirley Chisholm once said, “Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth”. “The service these young people are willing to give to a family in a different state speaks to the depth of their willingness to serve and help others have a new start, we couldn’t be happier and they are an example to all of us”, said Lynne.

The students will be working on Southern Crescent’s Interfaith Build which kicked off February 24, 2015 by a group of Clayton County High School students from Mt. Zion and Lovejoy. The call to end poverty is shared by the world’s religions, along with the conviction that decent housing for all is critical to achieving that goal. Interfaith groups come together in pursuit of a shared goal to put their faith in action. Other groups that will be participating in the build include the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Destination Church, Knights of Columbus, Tau Alpha Delta, Klassy Kreation and more.

Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge program invites students to spend one week working with Habitat affiliates to build homes and improve communities. Since 1989, nearly 240,000 college and high school students have volunteered during their spring break to help build or rehabilitate homes, donating over $25 million to Habitat affiliates.

“Collegiate Challenge engages thousands of students each year who work diligently towards improving communities and building decent, affordable housing,” said Mark Andrews, Habitat for Humanity International’s vice president of volunteer and institutional engagement. “We’re grateful to them for supporting our mission and help families realize their dream of home ownership. Communities will benefit from their hard work for years to come.”

The Collegiate Challenge program is one of the many programs Habitat has to engage the next generation of leaders in Habitat’s work. For more information, visit http://www.habitat.org/youthprograms/collegiate-challenge.

Southern Crescent Habitat partners with “Nothing But The Truth”

Long time volunteer of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, Dianne Jones, asked if we would be interested in providing some space for a very special ministry group called “Nothing But the Truth”.  During the upcoming school year, she and two other ladies, Diane Soroko and Gail Smith, will be assembling sacks of food to distribute to elementary school children to take home over the weekend.  Those children have been identified as being at risk of not having sufficient food over the weekends.  The schools this ministry will be serving are Suter Elementary, Arnold Elementary and Lee Street Elementary.

 The food, which is all non-perishable and something a child can handle preparing for themselves, is typically donated from the Atlanta Food Bank as well as private donors.  There will be a group of 3-5 folks that will come to Southern Crescent Habitat on Friday mornings at 10am during the school year to assemble the food bags.  Habitat volunteers and homeowners earning sweat equity will also be able to help.

 These same three ladies are doing additional ministry work at Keystone Apartments in Jonesboro over the summer.  Every Tuesday afternoon between 4pm & 6pm they take snacks and share Bible stories with the children, do activities with them and hold a Bible study for any parents that are available.   This is a sweet group of ladies and Southern Crescent Habitat is very honored that they have reached out to allow us to be a part of their ministry.

Delta TechOps 2014 Spring Build

On April 8, 2014, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity will kick off the final build in our Avery Subdivision in Jonesboro.  This will be the 17th home built by Delta TechOps in this community and we couldn’t be more grateful for their continued sponsorship to complete this subdivision.  With over 260 volunteers, Delta TechOps will complete the home in just nine days.  The Avery community consists of 48 homes total, all of which have been built by Habitat for Humanity.

 The homeowner for this final build is Samilia who can’t believe that everyone wants to help her move into a new home.  This will be a blessing for her and her five year old daughter that will change their lives forever.  She will be earning sweat equity hours while working alongside the volunteers when she is not working or attending school to become a pharmacist.

Thank you to Delta TechOps and to all of the volunteers who are supporting the ministry of Habitat to make affordable attractive housing available to low income families and to provide the necessary education to be a successful homeowner.

An Evening for Homes and Hope

An Evening for Homes and Hope

More than 100 people enjoyed our “Evening for Homes and Hope” fundraiser, and we raised almost $7,000 to support our mission.  We enjoyed the musical performances by the Spivey Hall Children’s Tour Choir as well as Richard Shaw on the saxophone.  We had over 50 auction items including the iconic product from TOTO, a Washlet S350E Toilet Seat which was our highest bidding item that went for $405!  Special thanks to our event sponsors, Community Bible Church, Italian Oven, Oakwood Café, Carrabba’s, Chick-fil-a Eagle’s Landing and Starbucks.

Special thanks to all of those who donated auction items:

1325 Salon, Alliance Theater, Atlanta Hawks, Bill Lacy, Bliss, Bo’s BBQ, Carmax – Southlake, Cheddars – McDonough, Chick-fil-A – Fayetteville, Chuck-E-Cheese – Fayetteville, Cinemark Theatres – Fayetteville, Clay Davis, Corbin Comfort Systems, Dabo Swinney, Eagles Landing Country Club, Elias Makres, Encore Accessories, Fern Bank Museum, Fringe, Grace Eckert, Habitat ReStore, Holiday Inn, Home Depot, Joanne Hicks, Kilroy’s Package Store, Kristin Roberts, Kroger, Lexus of South Atlanta, Margaret Kilgore, Marriot, Metro Café, Minka Parish, Morris, Hardwick, and Schneider, New York Yankees, Nick Saban, Nicole Boothe, Patsy Gullett, Peachstate Flooring America, Publix, Pro Studio, Sam’s Club – Morrow, Sandra Childress, SweetWater Brewing, Teiola Porch, Terry Chapman, TOTO, Stephen & Heidi Truax, Varsity – Atlanta, and Walmart – Union City

SCHFH selected to participate in Habitat for Humanity Repair Corps program, funded by The Home Depot Foundation

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity has been selected to participate in Habitat for Humanity International’s Repair Corpsprogram, an initiative funded by The Home Depot Foundation to help repair, renovate or construct the homes of U.S. veterans. Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is one of  up to 20 Habitat affiliates selected for Habitat’s 2014 Repair Corps program.

“We are excited to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps program, and grateful to The Home Depot Foundation for funding this project,” said Bob Johnson, Development Director of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity. “We are honored to work alongside former service men and women, and their families, to provide critical repairs to their homes.”

Habitat’s Repair Corps program is funded by The Home Depot Foundation. With donations of $6.2 million, to date, including $2.7 million in 2014 in cash and in-kind gift cards, The Home Depot Foundation supports Habitat grants for Repair Corps projects ranging from new construction to home repair projects such as roofing and weather stripping to the installation of wheelchair ramps and renovated bathrooms and doorways to accommodate disabled veterans. Repair Corpsgrants will be allocated in amounts up to $15,000 for each project.

“While veteran homelessness has declined in recent years, it is critical that we have support systems in place for veterans covering the whole housing spectrum to ensure that a few years from now, we are not faced with a rising tide of negative statistics again,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “That is why we support programs like Habitat’s Repair Corps as part of our mission to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home.”

Funding for Habitat’s Repair Corps is part of a five-year, $80 million investment The Home Depot Foundation is making to multiple organizations to repair and renovate homes and public housing facilities for U.S. veterans.

As is required of new Habitat homeowners, veterans selected to partner with Habitat’s Repair Corps program, will repay zero-interest loans covering a portion of the costs of their repairs. Loan amounts will be determined on a sliding scale based on the veteran’s income to ensure affordability for the veteran. 

About Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity helps low income families find opportunity, stability and improve their future.  We help build stronger families and neighborhoods through homeowner education, financial literacy, and by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive, affordable homes and repair existing homes for those in need.  Since 1986, we have built, renovated and repaired more than 250 homes.  For more information, please visit us atwww.schabitat.org.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit habitat.org.

About The Home Depot Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to improving the homes of U.S. military veterans through financial and volunteer resources to help nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has pledged $80 million to these efforts over five years, and since 2011 has invested more than $63 million to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home.

Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.

Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $380 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
For more information, contact:

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

Bob Johnson
770-477-2367 ext 12
Bob.johnson@schabitat.org

Habitat for Humanity International

Mollie Evans
(404) 962-3410
mevans@habitat.org

The Home Depot Foundation

Lisa Walsh
(770) 384-4281
lisa_walsh@homedepot.com