Our 150th Home Repair! Meet the Williams Family

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
Mobile: 404-694-0507

RIVERDALE, GA [October 11, 2017] —This upcoming Veteran’s Day weekend, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) is celebrating the completion of its 150th Home Repair for Milton Williams.

Milton is a Vietnam-era Army and Marine Corps veteran from Albany, Georgia. His wife, Angela Williams, is a Birmingham, Alabama native and retiree who has worked in the retail, warehouse, and banking industries. Milton met his wife Angela a little later in his life. They started dating after meeting at a seafood restaurant in 2003.  His wife of 25 years had just passed away from ALS disease. Angela was a widower herself, as her husband passed away in 1986 when her son was just 10 months old, leaving her to raise him by herself.

But fate brought these two together, and they were married in 2013. Milton is delighted to have her as his partner in life: “I just thank God for her. She’s a lovely beautiful woman and she’s made my life. She’s been there with me through my cancer–I’m a cancer survivor. She’s just been by my side; I thank God for having her with me. “

As both Milton and Angela are seniors and disabled, maintaining their home had become a bit of a challenge. Thanks to funding from the Home Depot Foundation, SCHFH was able to repair their broken staircase, fix a crumbling patio, install new siding, and complete a bathroom renovation with an ADA accessible shower. “I just want to reach out and thank Home Depot for doing everything they can do for the women and the men that serve in this country,” Milton said. “We’re just so grateful to have an organization that does everything that they do for veterans.”

SCHFH invites the community to see the outcome of the repairs on the Williams’ home and to hear the family’s story at a Home Blessing and Celebration at 11 am on Friday, November 10th, 2017. Home Blessing ceremonies are very moving events in which the staff, board, volunteers, and donors come together to celebrate the hard work and determination of a deserving family. Blessing ceremonies also serve as an opportunity to thank the many people from the community who come together to help make the construction and repair of each home a success. Refreshments will be served.

Date: November 10th, 2017
Time: 11:00am
Place: 8733 Dorsey Rd.
Riverdale, GA 30274

Overflow parking available at
Bethel Baptist Church
10 Flint River Rd
Jonesboro, GA 30238

Please click here to RSVP.

 

ABOUT SOUTHERN CRESCENT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that helps low-income families find opportunity, achieve 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 neighborhood revitalization. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has built 200 homes and repaired 150 homes.

ABOUT THE HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION:

The Home Depot Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 public charity, works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families and respond to communities in disaster. Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $138 million in veteran causes and transformed more than 25,000 homes for veterans. And their work is not done. In 2016, The Home Depot Foundation made a commitment to increase their investment in veteran causes to a quarter of a billion dollars by 2020.

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Outhouse no more! Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity finishes bathroom for Fayetteville senior Walter Prayor

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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
Mobile: 404-694-0507

MEDIA ADVISORY

For October 27, 2017

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity finishes bathroom for Fayetteville senior Walter Prayor 

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) will celebrate the completion of a home repair project for Mr. Walter Prayor of Fayetteville, Georgia. Mr. Prayor is a  senior who has been using bucket showers and an outhouse his entire life. SCHFH recently completed a bathroom installation for him. Attendees will also have a chance to hear more about Walter’s story.

WHEN: Friday, October 27, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE: 635 Inman Rd.
Fayetteville, GA 30215

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Cynthia E. Jenkins, the CEO of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity; Walter and Francine Prayor, Habitat partner family; other invited local elected officials and business owners

ABOUT SOUTHERN CRESCENT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that helps low-income families find opportunity, achieve 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 neighborhood revitalization. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has built 200 homes and repaired 150 homes.

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Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity repairs 150th home in South Metro Atlanta

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
Mobile: 404-694-0507

MEDIA ADVISORY

For November 10, 2017

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity repairs 150th home in South Metro Atlanta

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) will celebrate the repair of its 150th home with a home dedication, ribbon-cutting, and celebration of its 150th home repair homeowners, Milton and Angela Williams on the weekend leading up to Veteran’s Day. Mr. and Mrs. Williams live in Riverdale, Georgia. Milton Williams is a Vietnam-era Army and Marine Corps veteran. Their repairs were funded by the Home Depot Foundation. Attendees will also have a chance to hear the Williams’ story.

WHEN: Friday, November 10, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE: 8733 Dorsey Rd
Riverdale, Georgia 30228

Overflow parking available at Bethel Baptist Church
10 Flint River Rd
Jonesboro, GA 30238

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Cynthia E. Jenkins, the CEO of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity; Milton and Angela Williams, Habitat partner family; other invited local elected officials and business owners

ABOUT SOUTHERN CRESCENT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that helps low-income families find opportunity, achieve 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 neighborhood revitalization. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has built 200 homes and repaired 150 homes.

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Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity appoints new CEO

JONESBORO, GA [September 5, 2017] —Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) is delighted to announce the appointment of Cynthia E. Jenkins as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective September 5, 2017. Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a locally run and operated affiliate of Habitat for Humanity that builds and repairs homes in Clayton, Henry, and Fayette counties in South Metro Atlanta.

“We are excited to have Cynthia on board. We think she’s going to take this organization into the future,” said Elias Makres, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity Board President and owner and contractor at Elias Hogan Homes Inc. “Her years of expertise in both the construction and affordable housing industry will serve her well in this role.”

A native of Newnan, Georgia, Jenkins graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 1998. Jenkins then brought her talent to various affordable housing organizations, including the Reynoldstown Revitalization Corporation, the Tyler Place Community Development Corporation, and G3 Communities, Inc., where she served as Executive Director.  She was instrumental in raising more than $3M in funds to rehab and resell foreclosed homes in distressed neighborhoods. Most recently, Jenkins has worked as the owner of C. E. Jenkins Construction in specialty trades construction and consulting for public and private development projects. She is also serving as Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Newnan with 14 years of service as a councilwoman.

Reflecting on her appointment, Jenkins said: “Habitat is one of the world’s best advocates and producers of quality affordable housing.  I’m eager to join this team of dedicated staff, board, partners and homeowners at Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity. I look forward to working with the Fayette, Clayton and Henry Counties stakeholders to continue pursuing that mission.”

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About Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that helps low-income families find opportunity, achieve 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 neighborhood revitalization. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has built 195 homes and repaired 150 homes.

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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

Our 200th Habitat Home! Meet Sheneshia

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We are ecstatic to welcome Sheneshia to the Habitat family. She will become our 200th Habitat homeowner this September 2017! Read on to learn a little more about her Habitat journey, and join us on September 23rd to celebrate 200 homes.

Please tell us a little about you and your family.

My name is Sheneshia Anderson and I am 38 years old. I have a very good heart, I love to help people, and I love to laugh. I have a son named DeMario Anderson who is 19 years old. He is very playful and has a heart of gold, he will actually give you the clothes off of his body!

How does your family spend quality time? What are your hobbies?

My family and I love to travel and just enjoy each other’s company. We love to have family gatherings and go to sporting events.

Where do you work?

I work at Genesis Healthcare (Foxglove Center). I have been there for 8 years working as a Certified Nursing Assistant. I also work at Riverwoods Behavioral Health Services.

Why did you apply to be a Habitat homeowner?

I have always wanted to buy a house but never succeeded because of personal reasons like my financial situation. After working on my credit to improve it, I decided to give the program a try.

What are you looking forward to the most when you are a Habitat homeowner?

As a Habitat homeowner, I look forward to knowing that I do not have to sign another lease and wondering whether my rent will increase. My personal goals are to become financially stable, finish school, and continue to volunteer to help future homeowners.

Where do you live now?

I [used to] stay in a 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom apartment with my son. I moved out of my apartment in June 2017. If I would have renewed my lease, my rent would have went up another $50. My current living situation right now is with my sister and her family. I know I’m not a burden on them because they love the company, but it’s nothing like having your own.

How did you hear about Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity?

I heard about Southern Crescent Habitat through a family member.

What about Habitat has been the biggest surprise to you?

The response time once I turned in my application in was a surprise because I actually thought it was going to take longer.

Describe the hardships you have faced on your road to the American Dream of homeownership.

The hardships that I have faced are working 2 jobs and making sure my son is well-taken care of while trying to complete all my hours in order to become a Habitat homeowner.

How will your life change once you move into your new home?

My life will be different because I will be able to work on my next goal of becoming financially stable since my living situation is not a burden anymore. It’s like having a load lifted off your chest.

What is the first thing you are going to do in your new home?

The first thing I am going to do in my new home is give thanks to my God all mighty for allowing me to be a homeowner.

What would you like to say to Habitat and the volunteers that are going to help you build your new home?

I would like to say thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the volunteers and donors and even those that wanted to participate but couldn’t for making it possible for my son and me to have a place to actually call our own!

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity builds 200th home in South Metro Atlanta

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
Mobile: 404-694-0507

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity builds 200th home in South Metro Atlanta

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LOVEJOY, GA [September 25, 2017] — Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) celebrated and dedicated the homes of its latest five homeowners, Ashley Buffington, Melisa McKoy, Toni Tayborn, Ashley Patterson, and Sheneshia Anderson on September 23, 2017. The construction of these five homes marks 200 homes built by the organization.

These homes were all funded by the Home Depot Foundation and are the first homes in a planned 28-home Habitat for Humanity community called Hannah Springs in Lovejoy, Georgia. Pastor Jared Newlove of Antioch Baptist Church blessed the homes, and a breakfast was generously donated by the Jonesboro Dwarf House Chick-fil-a. Councilwoman Mary Ann Carp of the city of Lovejoy welcomed the group and completed the countdown to the ribbon cutting. Brecca Johnson, Assistant Director of Clayton County Community Development represented Clayton County and spoke of their support of workforce housing.  Additionally, one Habitat home was open and furnished by the McDonough ReStore for a public tour.

Since 1986, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity has been building and rehabbing affordable homes for low-income families in Clayton, Henry, and Fayette counties in South Metro Atlanta. Southern Crescent Habitat homes and neighborhoods are located in cities all around the area such as Forest Park, Riverdale, McDonough, College Park, and Jonesboro. Habitat homeowners make between 30 and 80% of the area’s average median income. They must pay a monthly affordable mortgage and contribute 250 hours of “sweat equity” in the construction of Habitat homes, in addition to taking 50 hours of home maintenance and financial literacy courses so they are prepared to pay for and maintain their homes.

“As we celebrate our 200th home, we must also remind ourselves why we do what we do.  Homeownership is one of the most stabilizing forces in a community.  It is good for our families, our community, and our economy.  The families we support do the jobs that support our quality of life and support our society. The homeowners with whom we are celebrating, are absolutely part of the economic backbone of our community. Ashley Buffington is a pre-K teacher, Toni is a caseworker at the Salvation Army, Ashley Patterson is an account specialist at a wholesale producer, Melisa is a produce manager at Wal-mart, and Sheneshia is a certified nursing assistant,” said Cynthia E. Jenkins, CEO of Southern Crescent Habitat. “Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity works with families to bridge the gap to homeownership.  The families work.  They invest their time through 300 hours of sweat equity, take homeowner education classes and invest their finances to realize the dream of homeownership.  We provide the connection for our community to partner with them.”

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity will begin construction on the next five homes in the Hannah Springs community this October. These new homes will be funded by the Clayton County Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Clayton County Home Partnership Program, and the Clayton County Community Development Block Grant. If you would like to volunteer to help build affordable housing, please contact Southern Crescent Habitat at development@schabitat.org.

About Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that helps low-income families find opportunity, achieve 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 neighborhood revitalization. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has built 200 homes and repaired 150 homes.

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 McDonough ReStore:

The McDonough Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. A portion of profits fund homes, communities, and hope at Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity in South Metro Atlanta.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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:

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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
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