SCHFH Brings In The New Year With Homes & Hope!

Jonesboro, GA (January 7, 2015) – Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity will be kicking off a Unity Build, January 15, 2015 in the Austin Meadows community of Lovejoy.  This is the first Unity Build to celebrate what we can accomplish when everyone comes together for the common good.  Carmax will be kicking off the build by raising the first walls of the home for future homeowner Ms. Kym Bradley.  GA Power will be participating on Martin Luther King Jr day to celebrate his legacy of peace and humanity for everyone.

This is house number four in the new community of Austin Meadows and we couldn’t be more excited about moving forward to change lives for low income working families.  Also scheduled this second week of January is a home dedication for our first Veteran Build on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 5pm.  All of the volunteers are invited to celebrate with veteran Renee and her family as they begin this new journey together.

 

Veteran Build Dedication Coverage-Click Link Below!

http://lovejoyledger.com/habitat-dedicates-third-home-in-lovejoy

 

Habitat Dedicates Second Lovejoy Home By Danny Harrison, Lovejoy Ledger

“Today is my Thanksgiving Day,” new homeowner Kathy Boucher said Monday afternoon as Clayton County, City of Lovejoy and Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity officials along with family and friends helped dedicate her new home.

Boucher’s is the second Habitat home of 15 to be completed in the Austin Meadows subdivision on Hastings Bridge Road in Lovejoy. It was the “Women Build” home. The first home completed in that subdivision was the Delta Air Lines home, and the third, which is expected to be completed in a few more weeks, is a “Veterans Build” home.

“My prayer is that you’ll get back all the blessings you give out,” Boucher told her Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity friends. “To God be the glory, because He’s the One that makes all things possible.”

A single mother and grandmother, Boucher is a Clayton County Public Schools employee, and she has dreamed of being able to own her own home. Through the Habitat program, she was able to earn “sweat equity” as a volunteer, which helped to qualify her to purchase an affordable, zero-interest, brand-new home.

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity representatives are known for saying they give “a hand up, not a hand out.” All of their homeowners must complete extensive home ownership education and training, and they must complete many hours of volunteer work, whether in the headquarters or on build sites.

Speaking to the small crowd assembled Monday afternoon, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity CEO Kem Kimbrough said, “Habitat will build a house, but it takes love to make a home. All of you have contributed that love.”

Visit www.schabitat.org or call 770-477-2367 for more information about Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity.

Written by Danny Harrison of Lovejoy Ledger
http://lovejoyledger.com/habitat-dedicates-second-lovejoy-home/

Habitat Kicks off first Veteran Build

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity kicks off its first ever

Veteran Build on Veteran’s Day!    

 

Jonesboro, GA (November 6, 2014) – Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity will be kicking off the first ever Veteran Build on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2014.  The new home will be constructed at the new Habitat community in Lovejoy, Austin Meadows.  Veterans from various community organizations will be participating to support a fellow veteran on this very special day.

“It overwhelmingly warms our hearts for us to give back to one of the many veterans who’ve served our nation so ably; after she provided us with safety in our homes during her time in uniform, now we can return the favor for Renee”, said veteran and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity Kem Kimbrough.  The Army Reserve Command Division, Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Military Life Group, as well as the color guard from North Clayton High School, are among just a few who will all be in attendance to support this build.

As required by Southern Crescent Habitat’s program, every homeowner completes 250 hours of sweat equity as well as 50 hours of education classes by the time they close on their home.  The mortgage payment will have a zero percent interest rate making it more affordable to live comfortably.  The home will be one of 15 others built in this Austin Meadows community.  If you would like to help serve our veteran family, please call Habitat at 770-477-2367.  We look forward to partnering with our community to build homes and hope.

About Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity builds affordable homes and provides home repairs to low income working families, who need a “hand up, not a hand out” through homeowner education, and financial literacy, provided by partnerships with communities of volunteers and donors.  Since 1986, we have built, renovated and repaired more than 250 homes.  For more information, please visit us at www.schabitat.org.

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Global Habitat Day

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity Celebrates Their Global Mission with Art Unveiling

 

Wednesday (October 22, 2014)-The Southern Crescent Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity will unveil the “Hands Across the World” mural designed by Henry Arts Collective artist: Moira Fisher, on Wednesday, October 22nd at 5:00pm, followed by a reception immediately afterwards.  The event is being sponsored by Himalayan Spice Restaurant & Bar who will be providing Nepalese food samples to enjoy.   In conjunction with World Habitat Day, several members of the Southern Crescent staff will be wished safe travels as they prepare for an international Habitat Build to Kathmandu, Nepal, scheduled for November 13-22.  Habitat is committed to “God’s love into action” through global and local service and we invite you to come and learn about our mission.

 

About Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity builds affordable homes and provides home repairs to low income families, who need a “hand up, not a hand out” through homeowner education, and financial literacy, provided by partnerships with communities of volunteers and donors.  Since 1986, we have built, renovated and repaired more than 250 homes.  For more information, please visit us at www.schabitat.org.

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Women Build Kicks off at Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 10, 2014

 Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity begins Women Build

In New Lovejoy Community! 

 

New Austin Meadows Community will bring hope to families in Lovejoy. 

Jonesboro, GA (October 10, 2014) – Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity will be kicking off a Women Build, October 13, 2014 in the Austin Meadows community of Lovejoy.  Women Build is part of a national effort to build affordable homes constructed completely by women.  It challenges and empowers women to come together to help eliminate poverty housing facing millions of women and children all over the world.  Women crews build more than 200 Habitat homes a year.

Shana Rooks, Board President of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity as well as Kim McNair of Kim McNair Productions will be speaking about the importance of the Women Build and the mission of Habitat on our kick off day.  Various women’s groups will be volunteering from the community including Shining Light Ministries, Georgia Power, W Club of Eagle’s Landing Country Club and Levo League Atlanta.

The future homeowner’s name is Kathy and she couldn’t be more excited about owning a home.  She has worked in education all of her life and currently works as a Registrar for a Clayton County school.  She moved to Georgia in 2012 from Arizona to be closer to her grandkids.  Kathy looked for homes for 2 years before reaching out to Habitat.  She couldn’t find a home in her budget that didn’t need a lot of expensive repairs and was about to give up.  Now Kathy can look forward to having her own space and independence.  She said that she can’t wait to bake her first batch of cookies in her new home.

As required by Southern Crescent Habitat’s program, Kathy will have completed 250 hours of sweat equity as well as 50 hours of education classes by the time she settles on her home.  Her mortgage payment will have a zero percent interest rate making it more affordable for her to live comfortably.  The home will be one of 15 others built in this Austin Meadows community.  If you would like to help bring Kathy home or other future homeowners by sponsoring a build, please call Habitat at 770-477-2367.  We look forward to partnering with our community to build homes and hope.

About Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity builds affordable homes and provides home repairs to low income families, who need a “hand up, not a hand out” through homeowner education, and financial literacy, provided by partnerships with communities of volunteers and donors.  Since 1986, we have built, renovated and repaired more than 250 homes.  For more information, please visit us at www.schabitat.org.

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Delta Air Lines employees to build Habitat for Humanity homes in six cities

Delta Air Lines employees to build Habitat for Humanity homes in six cities

More than 2,300 Delta people volunteer for construction projects from coast to coast

Delta celebrates 200th home through partnership with Habitat

ATLANTA (Sept. 8, 2014) – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) employees from across the country will build or renovate affordable single family homes with Habitat for Humanity. This year’s fall builds will take place in six cities, including Delta’s hubs in Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City and Seattle as well as in Los Angeles, a key international gateway for the airline. More than 2,300 Delta employees will participate in the projects, which begin Sept. 8 and continue through Oct. 17.

“Delta people are committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the communities where we live, work and serve each day,” said Tad Hutcheson, Delta’s vice president – Community Affairs. “I am proud of our people and their dedication to helping families around the globe build safe, affordable homes and continue to display the values of our brand.”

During the 2 1/2-month project, Delta will celebrate its 200th build with Habitat for Humanity. This milestone will be commemorated with the Seattle build, which will be partially funded through proceeds from Delta’s in-flight recycling program. This is the sixth home Delta has funded by recycling aluminum cans, plastic bottles and other materials from flights. More than 1 million pounds of material were recycled in 2013, and more than 8.5 million pounds have been recycled since the start of the program in 2007.

“Delta’s partnership through the years has made a significant impact on helping families in need of affordable housing around the world,” said Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity International CEO. “We appreciate Delta’s support and generosity and look forward to continuing our work together.”

Through local and national support, Delta employees have helped build or rehab 199 Habitat homes in 11 countries around the world. Habitat is one of Delta’s core community partners in its Force for Global Good, a program that encourages employees to make a difference in the communities where they live, work and serve.

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 Delta
Delta Air Lines serves nearly 165 million customers each year. This year, Delta was named the 2014 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine and was named to FORTUNE magazine’s 50 Most Admired Companies, in addition to being named the most admired airline for the third time in four years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 334 destinations in 64 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a newly formed joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta, Facebook.com/delta and Delta’s blog takingoff.delta.com.

Global Village Trip

This November, Habitat International is organizing a trip to the Jaymangala village in the Chitwan district of Nepal to shine a light on substandard housing. Hundreds of volunteers will come from all over the world to build 100 homes in one week for deserving families.  Southern Crescent Habitat tithes 10% of every donation that we receive to assist housing development internationally. This year four of our staff members will also be traveling to Nepal to provide hands on assistance in building one of the homes.  Kendra, Kara, Minka and Lindsey will do their part in putting an end to the poverty cycle.  We are seeking an additional 3 volunteers to join our team.  For more information about the trip, contact kendra.heimbuck@schabitat.org.  

Lowe’s Grant To Revitalize Normandy & Faith Park Neighborhoods

 SOUTHERN CRESCENT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TO USE $70,000 LOWE’S GRANT TO REVITALIZE NORMANDY & FAITH PARK NEIGHBORHOODS

Lowe’s Heroes and volunteers to beautify lawns and perform critical home repairs

 College Park, GA (August 20, 2014) — Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity has been awarded a $70,000 grant from Lowe’s to revitalize the Normandy and Faith Park neighborhoods in College Park, GA as part of Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization, a nationwide program dedicated to serving more families through community development partnerships. Lowe’s awarded nearly $1 million in grants to 11 Habitat affiliates across the country to support more than 100 community improvement projects ranging from critical repairs to new home construction.

Southern Crescent Habitat will use the funds to carry out various neighborhood revitalization activities in the neighborhood including lawn beautification, foreclosure intervention, critical home repair, resident leadership development and the establishment of a neighborhood park.

 “We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Lowe’s for this generous gift,” said Minka Parish, Interim CEO of Southern Crescent Habitat. “The work that Habitat does in communities is possible because of the support we receive from dedicated volunteers and partners like Lowe’s.”

Through Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization efforts, Habitat affiliates offer an expanded array of housing services and partner with local residents, housing leaders, community groups and businesses to transform neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life in communities.

”Lowe’s is excited to partner with Habitat to bring lasting change to communities in need,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations. “Through these Neighborhood Revitalization efforts, we’re serving more families and meeting additional critical needs in the places our customers call home.”

A national partner since 2003, Lowe’s recently renewed its commitment to Habitat for Humanity with a five-year, $23.5 million donation that will bring Lowe’s total contributions to more than $63 million.  In celebration of the renewed partnership and to help Habitat reach its goal of serving one million people annually by 2018, Lowe’s and Habitat teamed up to launch “Hammers for Habitat,” a nationwide volunteer drive to get more hands on hammers to support Habitat’s work. Individuals interested in volunteering can find more information at Habitat.org/Lowes.

 About Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity helps low income families improve their futures and to find opportunity and stability.  They help 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.  To learn more, donate or volunteer visit schabitat.org.

 About Lowe’s in the Community

Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 100 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 nearly $200 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 Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.

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.

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Shopping for a Cause

Now every time you grocery shop at Kroger or purchase items online at Amazon Smile, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity!

Simply register your Kroger Plus Card at krogercommunityrewards.com and select Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity as the recipient or enter NPO number 36507.  Then every time you swipe your Kroger Plus Card at the checkout, you will be supporting low income families in the community.

When you shop at amazonsmile.com,  0.5% of the total proceeds will be donated to Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity once you select our affiliate among the organizations listed.  These proceeds will make many families smile as they become homeowners for the first time.

Happy Shopping!!!

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.