Home is the Key

Habitat for Humanity believes everyone deserves a place to call home. A safe, stable environment to place your head at night. A backyard to play in. A bedroom to relax and unwind. For many families, this isn’t anything but a dream. During the month of April, the Home is the Key initiative was at the forefront.

Fatoumata’s journey to #homeownership is so inspiring! Not only does she have a place to raise her four boys, but now a home where they can all flourish!

What is a Home?

A house is just somewhere to live, but a home is what families hope for. Habitat for Humanity looks to build a brighter future for families by providing safe shelter. There’s a strong importance of togetherness and the community we strive for. Every parent deserves to be able to provide for their children and not have to choose between paying bills or buying groceries. Habitat for Humanity tries to give hope for a better tomorrow by building, bringing people together, and helping to create opportunity through safe, affordable, decent houses.

Monique is very proud to be a homeowner. She’s looking to a brighter future!

The Key

During the family build process, one thing is clear. All they want are a place to call their own. Through Home is the Key, we see what families are fighting for. Whether it’s a financial burden, a medical emergency, or an unexpected challenge lots of things can get in the way of homeownership. Habitat for Humanity aims to take some weight off of their shoulders by opening up a world of equality, better health, and opportunity.

Sponsorship

Thank you to our 2022 sponsors for supporting our 2022 #keyisthehome campaign including At Home, Carrier, Rocket Mortgage, and U.S. Bank Foundation. We couldn’t do this without your tireless dedication and commitment. Thank you for helping us give our families a place to call home.

Learn more at habitat.org/homeisthekey/partners

Every day is Earth Day 2022

At Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, every day is earth day. We do our part for the environment through our donation program at the Restore in McDonough and participating in the Cars for Homes Program.

ReStore

Did you know that there are over 900 Habitat Restores that help divert tons of waste from local landfills every year? Each item that the ReStore sells keeps waste from going to the landfill. Each shopper helps contribute to this by buying items from our restore and donating used goods for a new purpose. Our goal is to bring in new items that will help change your house into a home. We also want items that can be recycled and reused to be repurposed for new projects. We’ve come a long way since Earth Day started 50 years ago back in 1970 and with your help, we’ll continue to keep waste from our landfills.

You can check out our ReStore page here: https://www.facebook.com/HabitatReStoreMcDonough/

Cars for Homes

You can help the environment and help build a decent, affordable home for a family today by participating in Cars for Homes. With the launch of Cars for Homes, vehicle donations have been able to raise over $30 million dollars across the U.S. Each vehicle that is recycled cuts down on waste and materials that would otherwise go into a landfill. Habitat for Humanity accepts cars, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles, and construction vehicles. Your donation also might be tax-deductible.

Habitat for Humanity serves nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and 70 countries and is growing every day. When you donate your vehicle, you’re helping a family build with us to ensure they can achieve affordable housing and a place to call home. With your help, a veteran has a new place to work in his garden. Kids have a stable living environment. Families can get repairs made to their homes that wouldn’t happen without your help. At Habitat for Humanity, everyone has the opportunity to help build and improve a family’s future.


Since launching the national vehicle donation program, Cars for Homes, in 2005, Habitat has accepted over 120,000 vehicles for reselling or recycling, raising funds for Habitat to partner with local families to build stability and security that a safe affordable home allows.

We make it fast and easy to donate a vehicle and you may qualify for a tax deduction. Your vehicle donations raised over $30 million in just the last five years!

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https://www.habitat.org/support/donate-your-car via @Habitat_org



Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, Habitat for Humanity International and 83 Habitat affiliates receive transformational $436M gift from MacKenzie Scott

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity homeowner, Toyea, stands on the build site of her future home

JONESBORO, GA (March 22, 2022) — Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, along with Habitat for Humanity International, and 83 U.S. Habitat affiliate organizations recently received $436 million in unrestricted giving from American author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. Of that, Southern Crescent Habitat received $1.25 million. This transformational donation will substantially help further Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has equitable access to a safe, decent and affordable place to call home.

“We are very grateful for this amazing gift from MacKenzie Scott and for our Lovejoy homeowner Toyea who is featured as the face of this partnership. We are proud to be 1 of 5 affiliates in Georgia to receive this gift after a thorough vetting process by their consultant. This gift acknowledges our effectiveness and the powerful collective efforts of our team, families, sponsors, volunteers, and community. We are currently focused on land acquisition and building. In the current market, there is a shortage of affordable housing and this gift will allow us to address the need in the South Metro Atlanta area,” expresses Southern Crescent Habitat CEO, Cynthia Jenkins.

Southern Crescent Habitat will continue to focus on land acquisition, building more homes per year, and expanding their services to meet the needs of the community. This gift is a building block for reaching their financial goals to impact the community for many years to come. Their efforts will create more equitable homeownership opportunities for individuals and families in Clayton, Henry, and Fayette counties. According to the Habitat “State of Home Affordability” study, there is a shortage of over 190,000 affordable and available homes in Georgia. In addition to Southern Crescent Habitat, four other Habitat affiliates across the state received substantial donations, including: Atlanta Habitat and Gwinnett-Walton Habitat.

Habitat International will use its $25 million portion of the donation to prioritize advocacy and programmatic efforts designed to dismantle systemic racism in housing. Specifically, the donation will allow Habitat to advocate for policy proposals and legislation that enable millions of people access affordable housing through its Cost of Home advocacy campaign; increase Black homeownership in the U.S. by targeting current systemic barriers through a new initiative that will launch this summer; and leverage innovative capital investments that service communities of color.

“Habitat works to break down barriers and bring people together — to tear down obstacles and build a world where everyone, no matter who we are or where we come from, has a decent place to live,” said Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford. “This incredible gift helps make that work possible.”

Southern Crescent Family receives a Christmas Surprise from Warrick Dunn Charities and Aaron’s

When Shaneeka Grant pulled up to the home on Belair Lane, she had no idea what was in store. She was greeted by former Atlanta Falcon Warrick Dunn and a slew of cameras ready to capture the magical moment. Not only was she given $5,000 in down payment assistance, but she also received $10,000 worth of furnishing from Aaron’s. The Home Depot Foundation, The American Opportunity Foundation, Ryan Jumonville of United Networks of America, and Walmart InHome helped Warrick Dunn Charities turn the Grant family house into a home!

Shaneeka Grant had a vision for her family but knew that she would need a little assistance in order to make it a reality. As a kid growing up in Atlanta, Shaneeka recalls living in various apartments around the city. As an adult, homeownership was always her goal. In 2017, Shaneeka was one step closer to homeownership, but the high down payment and life events quickly crushed her dreams. 

There is an old saying that good things come in threes. When Shaneeka heard about Southern Crescent Habitat’s Homeownership program on three different occasions, she took it as a sign. She learned about it through students at her job as an accountant for a Clayton State University. Then her sister told her about Habitat. Finally, she listened to stories from two families that went through the program. In 2019, the Grant family’s journey towards homeownership began.

And now, homeownership is a reality for the Grant family!

Grand Reopening

SCHFH kicks of 35th Anniversary with ReStore Grand Reopening

On Saturday, October 2nd, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity kicked off their 35th Anniversary year with the Grand Reopening of their ReStore in McDonough, GA. Southern Crescent Habitat took over the operations of the McDonough ReStore from Habitat for Humanity International earlier this year. The SCHFH ReStore is a home improvement store that sells new to gently used furniture, appliances, and building supplies at discounted prices. Every purchase made at the ReStore goes to fund Habitat programs, such as homeownership, home repair, and neighborhood revitalization. Founded in 1986, SCHFH has built and repaired the homes of over 400 families in the South Metro Atlanta area.

Over the next year, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity will utilize funds from the ReStore to construct two new homes for families either Clayton, Henry, or Fayette counties. See more pictures here.

Homeowner Payoff

Southern Crescent Habitat Celebrates Six Homeowner Mortgage Payoffs

A Habitat home is more than a house, it provides the foundation that families need to thrive! These homeowners have created memories, raised their children in these homes, and now they are PAID in FULL! Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment! How awesome is it that we get to celebrate 6 mortgage payoffs at once?!!

35 years ago, we broke ground on our first Habitat home! Since that first home in Clayton County, many of our homeowners have paid off their mortgages and own their home – free and clear! They can pass along the wealth they’ve created to their own family.

Check out some of the photos from the celebration HERE!

Piedmont Henry and Piedmont Fayette Hospitals team up with Southern Crescent Habitat for Women Build

Women Build is one of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity’s most anticipated events! Thanks to our 2021 Women Build community sponsors, Piedmont Henry and Piedmont Fayette, we were able to safely welcome all of the women back on our build sites this year. Although we significantly reduced the amount of volunteers allowed on our sites, the women were still able to complete projects in all three counties that we serve.

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) provided a safe haven for all-women volunteer groups to learn more about construction and landscaping while ensuring our Habitat partner families have a decent place to call home. The volunteers joined our ambassadors Yvette Johnson of Reclaimed Karma, Barbara Coleman of Connecting Henry, and DeBlair Tate of 8figured Brand. The families we partnered with included two disabled seniors, a hardworking single mother, and a disabled veteran.

Four of the groups joined us in the July and our last women build group of the year included JACOBS Engineering Women’s Network in September.

Check out the photos below:

Clayton County Women Build

Piedmont Fayette Women Build

Henry County Women Build

Piedmont Henry Women Build

JACOBS Women Build

Southern Crescent Habitat Receives Positive Payload from American Trucks

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is grateful for American Trucks and their Positive Payload Program which awarded us $250 for our organization! The Positive Payload Program is designed to benefit non-profit organizations who use and rely on pickup trucks and pickup truck accessories to better their community.

American Trucks recognizes that pickups are the backbone of the American workforce, from job sites to disaster relief and everything in between, which is why they’ve launched the Positive Payload Program. Here at Southern Crescent Habitat, trucks are vital to our operations. From transporting supplies to meeting with contractors and officials, our trucks make it possible for us to continue serving families in the South Metro Atlanta area.

SCHFH Graduates

Educational Opportunities & Housing: Celebrating Our Graduates

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is building foundations to prepare families for the future through homeownership. Growing up in a decent, affordable home can have a powerful effect on children. Studies draw a straight line between the quality, location and affordability of housing and a child’s ability to thrive.  Families who spend too much of their income on housing often must make critical trade-offs, including forgoing educational and enrichment opportunities for themselves and their children.

Not only are we celebrating homeownership month and the over 200 families that achieved their dream of homeownership through our program, but we celebrate our SCHFH graduates. Their educational achievements are a testament to the mission of Habitat and the hard work of our partner families.

Laura Jones: Georgia State University ’21 | Master’s in Social Work

Ms. Jones is a great example of perseverance! She became a homeowner 10 years ago and after her daughter graduated high school, she went back to school and earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work. She took a break after her mom passed, but returned to GSU in 2020. Now equipped with her Master’s in Social Work, Jones is excited about future opportunities through her current employer, Fulton County.

Jabari O’Neal: Lovejoy High School ’21 | Kennesaw State University

Kasyana Bouie: Lovejoy High School ’21 | Fort Valley State University | Veterinarian

Crysma Roberts: Charles Drew High School ’21 | North Georgia Technical College | Future Bakery Owner

Welcome Aboard

Southern Crescent Habitat Welcomes New Team Members to the Family

Erica Dolcini, MBA

Erica Dolcini is the newest member of the Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity family. Originally from a small town called Petaluma, California, Ms. Dolcini attended the University of Southern California as well as the University of Notre Dame. While at these universities, Ms. Dolcini learned the essential skills of Strategic Sales and went on to make multi-million dollar sales for companies such as the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM). With a strong passion for helping others, she relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where she assumed the Operations Assistant role at the Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity. Although Ms. Dolcini misses her family and the California weather, assisting families acquire affordable housing while working with individuals who are genuinely passionate about helping others made the transition truly worth it. 

Michael Demers

Michael Demers is the new AmeriCorps Construction Lead at Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity. Originally from Merrimack, New Hampshire, Michael relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in 2014. With an interest in Philosophy and Literature, Michael attended Emory University where he later graduated in 2018. When he’s not enjoying s’mores in a national park or playing basketball with friends Michael can often be found onsite assisting homeowners with the repairs and construction of their new home. 

Being aware of the many on-going issues in the housing system, Michael saw working for SCHFH as the perfect opportunity to begin making a difference in his community. From learning financial literacy to helping new homeowners build their own home, Michael says working for SCHFH has been very rewarding thus far and will continue to extend his help in the ongoing effort to provide families with decent and affordable housing.