Heroes & Housing

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, SCHFH  partnered with local veterans and supporters to begin home repair work for our very first veteran, Billy Pegram in McDonough, GA. Through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity International’s Repair Corps program, an initiative funded by The Home Depot Foundation to help repair, renovate or construct the homes of U.S. veterans, SCHFH will be able to serve 10 veterans this year.  Billy served in the Air force during the Korean War from 1951-1954.  He is a survivor of stage four cancer and multiple heart attacks and in the words of his daughter Bonnie, “is a true survivor.”

We were grateful to have volunteers from the Home Depot SDC in McDonough led by their General Manager, Ernest Washington.  In addition, we were presented with $5,000 in gift cards, jacuzzi tubs and donations to our McDonough ReStore from the new Home Depot Direct Fulfillment Center in Locust Grove.  Thank you so much to Home Depot for your support!

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

Habitat for Humanity International

Mollie Evans
(404) 962-3410

The Home Depot Foundation

Lisa Walsh
(770) 384-4281

Habitat for Humanity opens McDonough ReStore

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity’s latest venture opens today.

The new ReStore is a 19,000-square-foot retail space near the intersection of Avalon Parkway and Ga. Highway 20 that sells donated hard goods, home furnishings and maintenance materials at a reduced price. Proceeds from sales go back into the services that Habitat provides.

Melissa Chapman, CEO of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity told the McDonough City Council in July a Habitat ReStore typically employs as many as 15 people.

“Home ownership really makes a difference in a community and supports a community’s health and stability,” she said. “We help families have a safe, decent and affordable house to live in.”

Habitat does not build and give away free homes, but rather builds a partnership with new homeowners, requiring them to participate with a “sweat equity”-type investment while teaching principles such as home maintenance and financial literacy.

In exchange, families receive affordable housing they might not otherwise have the opportunity to purchase.

Following the announcement in July, McDonough Mayor Billy Copleland said, “We are so excited to have this here,” adding that Habitat serves “important needs in the community.”

Habitat for Humanity describes ReStores as “nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.”

New ReStore to benefit local Habitat for Humanity efforts

  The Southern Crescent’s Habitat for Humanity has had a presence in Henry County for 26 years and will now offer an even bigger impact with it’s new ReStore, to open on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in McDonough.

 Remodeling the kitchen and not sure what to do with your old cabinets? Changing out your curtains or appliances and looking to donate them? The Habitat ReStore is looking for donations of gently used home décor, furniture, paint, building supplies, tools and other items to be sold in the store, with the proceeds going to support Habitat for Humanity’s mission of providing decent and affordable housing to those in need.

  Melissa Chapman, Chief Executive Officer for the Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, said the ReStore will offer a unique opportunity for the organization to have a physical presence in the community, which it has served for well over two decades.

  One of more than 700 stores of its kind across the United States, the 19,000 square foot space will feature a large sales floor as well as offices for staff and a room to serve as a meeting place.

  “The space will lend itself not only to the store and offices, but other community events and classes for participants and volunteers,” said Chapman.

  Chapman said the store is going to be a wonderful resource to those looking for a good bargain.

  “It’s going to be a treasure hunter’s paradise,” said Chapman. “We have a lot of DIYers who will be able to find great deals and unique items.”

  She said the store is looking for donations of hard goods, and even leftover building supplies, from individuals, contractors or businesses, and donations are tax deductible.

  “The store is going to build homes and hope in our community, and give us an opportunity to serve families in a way we never have before,” she said.

  The Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore is located at 465 Highway 20 West, McDonough, Georgia 30253, near Avalon Church. To schedule a free pick-up of donated goods, call 678-782-5111. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning on December 7.

Heroes and Housing

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is excited to announce our new Heroes and Housing Initiative. All over our community there are men and women that have served our country and now it’s our time to serve them. We are actively looking for veterans that have housing needs.

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SCHFH Leadership Supports Visioning Fayette County

Leadership from Southern Crescent Habitat were honored to participate in the recent Fayette County Visioning session. On October 18th, more than 130 community members representing a diverse cross section of Fayette County gathered at Dolce Atlanta Peachtree to give input regarding a unified visioning process focused on the future of Fayette County.  The meeting consisted of presentations from potential consulting groups who could lead the process, discussions about the importance of the initiative, and dialogue about the role that all community members will play.  The result was overwhelming community support to proceed with the visioning process and the commitment of the participants to promote the process, recruit supporters from across the county and raise the funds necessary to carry it out.

“The success of this visioning process depends upon the input and participation of stakeholders across Fayette County,” said Trey Ragsdale, co-chair of the visioning steering committee.  “We were extremely pleased to launch this initiative with the interest and representation from almost every sector of the county— small business to large industry, corporations to non-profits, the faith community to schools and education, elected officials to students.”

Following the meeting Fayette Chamber President/CEO,  Virginia Gibbs commented “We are thrilled to have Habitat for Humanity, with their passion for making a positive community impact, involved in the visioning process at its inception.”

This visioning initiative will roll out over the next several months with identification of stakeholders, focus groups, town hall meetings, electronic data collection, and public input.  A website for the process will soon be available and community members can sign up to receive Fayette Vision communications by emailing fcvision@FayetteChamber.org.

Delta Air Lines builds Habitat for Humanity Home

Delta Air Lines employees are rolling up their sleeves to build a home with Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity for the next three weeks  as part of a multi-build volunteer effort. More than 2,200 Delta employees will help build Delta-sponsored homes in six cities through November.

“Delta has been a catalyst for so much ‘good’ in our community,” said Bob Johnson, director of Development at Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity. “We will complete our Avery neighborhood this year, and Delta has provided volunteers and funding to support this project for the past five years.  We are very grateful for Delta’s support and commitment.”

The build will take place in the Avery Subdivision off of Iron Gate Blvd in Jonesboro.  The entire community is made up of Habitat homes, many of which have been built by Delta Air Lines.  With the help of about 350 Delta employees, a new home will be constructed in just 12 days with the Mack family.   This home will be a new beginning for the homeowner and her grandson.

Delta and Habitat for Humanity’s relationship has grown steadily since 2000. Habitat is one of Delta’s core community partnerships in its Force for Global Good which encourages employees to unite under a shared mission to make a difference in the communities where they live, work and serve. Delta employees have helped 115 families build safe, decent and affordable homes in eight countries around the world. More than 9,800 Delta people have contributed over 92,000 volunteer hours raising walls, digging foundations, laying brick, installing roofs, painting and other construction-related activities.

“Delta people are unified in our resolve to serve the people of the communities where we live, work and serve each day,” said Tad Hutcheson, Delta’s vice president – Community Affairs. “Through our relationship with Habitat for Humanity, we’ve helped more than 115 families with safe, affordable homes around the globe though our employee’s selfless dedication and eagerness to live the values of our brand.”

Delta employees are also building homes in Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul and New York City, major Delta hubs, as well as Los Angeles and Seattle.


SCHFH teams up with GMC and DIY bloggers

What do you get when you combine like-minded organizations, talented DIY bloggers with boundless energy and enthusiasm and a family in need? Habitat for Humanity and a lot of happy tears!

Like most great stories, it’s all in the journey – not just the destination. It started with GMC and Habitat for Humanity’s Southern Crescent chapter coming together on behalf of the Simmons family of Jonesboro, Georgia. The Simmons knew they were getting a house, but had no idea that six talented DIY bloggers/interior designers were going to furnish and decorate it as well.

GMC supplied large, capable (and stylish) vehicles, along with a small allowance to assist each blogger in purchasing necessities for various rooms in the house along Route 127, also known as the World’s Longest Yard Sale. With visions of each family member’s style preferences in mind, an epic “GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure” began in Hudson, Michigan. The bloggers often consulted their networks and each other for inspired ideas, solutions and encouragement. As they stopped at different “sales” along the nearly 700-mile route, group texting helped nail the perfect “find.” Tweets, comments and posts made along the way can be found on Twitter and Instagram at #GMChta – as well as on each blogger’s site (links provided with their names below).

All in all, it took five sweltering days, combing through the front yards and farmlands of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia. Along the way, random acts of spontaneous humanity revealed themselves: fellow yard-salers donating money, building a shelf for the girls’ room on the spot, giving a couch away for free, etc., and an overwhelming feeling that “there are still good people left” followed the bloggers everywhere they went.

Each day, after countless miles were driven and materials were purchased, the real work started. The DIYers gathered in dark hotel parking lots under streetlamps to sand, refurbish and paint, only to start all over again the next day.

By the time the Big Reveal day came, there was still a need to “DIY” some of the used furniture. Thanks to the generosity of companies likeRust-Oleum and toolmaker Ryobi donating much-needed items, the just-in-time deadline was met and appreciated by a most deserving family. A family who previous didn’t have enough beds or a kitchen table to share a family meal. The expressions on their faces and one comment in particular from the youngest member (“I think I’m in heaven!”) was the stuff of television.

DIY bloggers Jocie Hagan put the “family” in family room; Liz Marie Galvan created the sports-themed boys’ room; Christine Cook provided the soulful Music Room for mom Leetoya, along with the powder room; Carissa Rogers envisioned a “girlie girl” room for sisters Arlene and Arielle; Kirsten Grove gave mom Leetoya a serene master bedroom; and Courtney Allison put her keen designer’s eye on the kitchen.

The result: A song of thanks, directly from the heart of Leetoya for everyone gathered; six very exhausted bloggers; a contented GMC team and a thrilled Habitat for humanity organization filled to the brim with everlasting memories of turning a house into a home.