Homecoming Week

Our Inaugral Homecoming Week will take place October 3rd-8th, 2022. Check out all the great events and come celebrate with us! Please download our #CostofHome flyer and take a photo for our socials Monday, October 3rd. Celebrate at our Alumni Mixer October 4th, Sign-a-Stud at our ReStore event Thursday Oct. 6th. Join us Friday, Oct. 7th for Markysa’s home dedication, and finally join us Oct. 8th at our Restore for our anniversary sale and tailgate experience! You don’t want to miss this! We’re so excited to celebrate with you!

Please click above to download the #costofhome flyers.

100 Women Who L.E.A.D. Kickoff Breakfast a success!

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity hosted our inaugural 100 Women Who L.E.A.D. Kickoff Breakfast on September 13th at Living Faith Tabernacle in Forest Park, GA. The event was a great opportunity for women to network and learn more about our mission.

Shaneeka Grant, our newest homeowner, shared her family’s journey and how Southern Crescent Habitat helped her fulfill a life long dream of homeownership. By the end of her testimony, the room was filled with tears and applause. The face of housing affordability is changing and Ms. Grant is a prime example of how everyone could use a hand up.

Barbara Coleman, a past Women Build Ambassador, shared her Southern Crescent Habitat experience and encouraged other women to get involved in their community.

100 Women Who L.E.A.D. (Link, Empower, Advocate, Donate) is an initiative created by our CEO, Cynthia Jenkins. The goal is to draw women from Clayton, Henry, and Fayette counties who may not be able to volunteer regularly, but believe in our vision that everyone deserves a decent place to live. Each member will donate $100 quarterly to a Habitat initiative in each county. That’s 4 events, $400, for a forever impact! One of the biggest events hosted by the 100 Women is our annual Women Build. 

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity receives grant from Lowe’s!

Lowe’s Partnership Renewal

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is excited to share that we were selected as a recipient of the Lowe’s Housing Plus Grant. This funding is a part of Lowe’s partnership renewal with Habitat for Humanity that includes a donation of $2.5 million to support 100 local Habitat organizations undertaking home repair and rehab projects across the U.S.

This year, 100 local Habitat affiliates will complete 628 projects, including 67 critical home repairs, 276 home preservations, and 285 housing plus projects to provide aging-in-place solutions that help make homes safe and accessible.

Helping families, fixing homes

Across our country access to quality, affordable home repair, and modification services are almost inaccessible to those with low to moderate incomes. With the support of this grant, we will be able to further help families in Clayton, Henry, and Fayette counties address critical health and safety issues in their homes.

Lowe’s and Habitat began their partnership in 2003. Since then, Lowe’s has supported many of the global housing nonprofit’s efforts, including the Women Build Program and Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization program. Lowe’s has also supported Habitat’s Cost of Home national advocacy campaign and sponsored local Habitat builds and employee volunteer days, in addition to providing affiliate grants and donated products. Lowe’s commitment through 2022 will bring the company’s total contributions to Habitat to more than $84 million.

Cans for Homes

Joining the Cars for Homes Novelis partnership

Novelis and Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity have joined forces for an initiative to encourage our local communities to recycle more. Novelis is providing recycling bins and monetary grants to help Habitat for Humanity increase neighborhood sustainability across the U.S. and Canada. Novelis and Habitat for Humanity have also joined forces for an initiative to encourage local communities to recycle more. Novelis is a global producer of aluminum rolled products and recycler of aluminum. Their employees have volunteered on various Habitat house builds and have initiated fundraisers to help build homes in partnership with families in their communities.

Southern Crescent joins the fun

Here at Southern Crescent, we take recycling seriously. We joined this partnership with Novelis to help build more homes for families in need. Each can we collect helps build homes in our areas of Fayette, Clayton, and Henry counties. We can’t do this without you. Please bring in your aluminum cans to our ReStore at 1465 GA-20, McDonough, GA 30253 or schedule a pickup from our office. Schedule a time to drop off your cans between Tuesday – Thursday at our office or our ReStore. We will be collecting cans until the end of the year. Thank you for your support in helping our families.

Congrats Graduates 2022!

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is building foundations to prepare families for the future through homeownership.

Southern Crescent Habitat’s Impact on our families


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. Through our mission of bringing affordable, safe housing to families they are able to give their children these opportunities.

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. Congratulations to all of our ’22 graduates! This is only the beginning of your endeavors and we can’t wait to see what is in your future. The sky’s the limit!

Congrats to our 2022 Graduates! See them below

Kendrick Marshall: Mundy’s Mill High School ’22 | The University of West Georgia College | Culinary Arts

 Shakilya Dorsey : Mercer University ’22 | Bachelor’s in Education

Zachary Simms: Jonesboro High School ’22 | Georgia Military College

Khali Burney: Stockbridge High School ’22 | Technical School 

Ta’Nya Black : Lovejoy High School ’19 | Nursing School ’22

Indya Black : Lovejoy High School ’22 | Bethune-Cookmen University | Accounting

Shamiah Pittman : University of West Georgia ’22 | University of West Georgia for Masters | Digital & Social Media Communication

Not pictured:

Nekita Pullins graduated from Mercer with her Specialist (2nd masters) degree in education.

Home Builders Blitz 2018

JONESBORO, GA [May 24th, 2018] — Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) is participating in Habitat for Humanity’s annual Home Builders Blitz. Home Builders Blitz brings together pro­fessional homebuild­ers from all over for one shared pur­pose – to build safe and affordable housing for families in need of a decent place to call home.

Potential Home Builders Blitz Donation Items include: Ceiling Repair, Door & Window Replacement, Electrical Repairs, Install Roofing Shingles, Install Walk-In Shower, New Gutters, New Kitchen Countertops & Sink, Plumbing Repairs, Pull Trusses and Sheath Roof, Replace Flooring, Service HVAC System.

These items will be used to help 3 local homeowners: Slyvia Simmons, Louise Webb and Irene Haney.

Sylvia Simmons lives in Fayetteville, Ga. She is a part of our critical home repair program and is 100% disabled. Unable to do any repairs and living on a fixed income Slyvia is in desperate need of repairs. Her original roof is over 30 years old, rodents and other pests are able to enter the home, and she is unable to use her kitchen sink and stove.

Slyvia’s needs include: Ceiling Repair, Door & Window Replacement, New Gutters, Plumbing Repairs, Replace Flooring.

Louise Webb also lives in Fayetteville, Ga. She is a part of our critical home repair program and lives with her disabled son. They are both physically unable to do necessary repairs and live on fixed incomes. Their bathroom is inaccessible with health and age restrictions, the electrical in the kitchen does not work properly, and all the windows in the home need to be replaced.

Their many safety and accessibility needs include: Electrical Repairs, Install Walk-In Shower, New Kitchen Countertops and Sink, New Gutters, Service HVAC system.

Irene Haney is a resident of Hampton, Ga. She is one of our newest homeowners whose house we have just begun. She has rented for over 30 years and is looking for a place to call her own. We are in need of contractors to help donate labor and or materials.

Irene’s needs include: Installation of Roofing Shingles, Pull Trusses and Sheath Roof.

For more information please contact development@schabitat.org or call Kiera Dunn at (770)-477-2367.

ABOUT HOME BUILDERS BLITZ: 
Home Builders Blitz is a partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the building industry to build and renovate homes across the nation. Home Builders Blitz is an exciting opportunity for Habitat for Humanity and professional builders to partner to build and renovate homes across the nation. Affiliates and builders will work closely together to coordinate this project

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.

Habitat for Humanity, Lowe’s and more than 18,000 women build with families nationwide during National Women Build Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:

Hillary Stroud
Habitat for Humanity International
404-420-6732
newsroom@habitat.org

Melody Thuston
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
704-758-0401
Melody.Thuston@lowes.com

Habitat for Humanity, Lowe’s and more than 18,000 women build with families nationwide during National Women Build Week

The 11th annual National Women Build Week empowers women to build safe and decent homes in more than 300 communities nationwide

 

ATLANTA (May 3, 2018) – For the 11th year, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s will host the annual National Women Build Week from May 5-13 where thousands of women volunteers and Habitat homeowners will unite nationwide to build up their communities and gain skills in home construction.

 

National Women Build Week encourages women nationwide to devote at least one day to help build decent and affordable housing in their local communities. Women have the strength and determination necessary to build Habitat houses, addressing the problem of affordable housing in a concrete way so that families can achieve stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable homes.

 

In fact, according to a 2018 national study by Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity, more than nine-in-10 American women believe providing and advocating for access to affordable housing for women can benefit society.[1] The survey also found:

  • Nearly all women (98 percent) agree access to affordable housing helps women heads of household thrive.
  • Having a safe, stable home is a source of pride (96 percent) that makes women feel more confident (98 percent) and independent (97 percent).
  • Three-in-five (62 percent) women say they cannot afford to purchase a home that meets their family’s needs in the neighborhood where they want to live.

“For 11 years, National Women Build Week has brought together thousands of strong women of all construction experience levels to build or repair homes with hardworking, empowered Habitat homeowners to address this critical issue,” said Lisa Marie Nickerson, associate director, Habitat for Humanity International. “We have seen firsthand the strength and independence that homeownership can provide for families. We are thankful for Lowe’s continued support, without which this week would not be possible.”

 

Lowe’s and Habitat share the vision that every woman, man and child have a decent place to lay their heads at night. Far too often, low-income families are faced with choosing between paying their housing costs and buying necessities like food and medical care to provide for their family. National Women Build Week recruits, educates and inspires women to build, and advocate for decent and affordable houses in their communities alongside their future neighbors—making a difference in their community, one nail at a time.

 

“Lowe’s is proud to sponsor National Women Build Week to educate, inspire and empower women to volunteer alongside other women in their community to address the critical issue of affordable housing. We know women working together are an unstoppable force for creating meaningful change in our communities,” said Colleen B. Penhall, Lowe’s vice president of corporate social responsibility. “At Lowe’s, we believe that a safe, stable home is an important source of strength, pride and security for families. Together with Habitat, our Lowe’s Heroes volunteers and women nationwide, National Women Build Week will provide valuable support to advance accessible housing in the communities where we all live and work.”

 

Lowe’s helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008 and has brought together more than 117,000 all-women construction volunteers to build or repair homes with nearly 5,000 families over the past 10 years. This year, Lowe’s donated $2 million to Habitat for Humanity to support the 2018 National Women Build Week, and provides how-to clinics at stores to help equip women volunteers for the builds. Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed over $30 million to Habitat for Humanity International and helped more than 6,500 Habitat families improve their living conditions.

 

Both women and men of all experience levels can participate by signing up to volunteer with their local Habitat organization or by joining the conversation online. As part of National Women Build Week, Lowe’s and Habitat are activating a social movement to generate conversation about building one another up and sharing the message of women empowerment, positivity and action by using #BuildHer and #WomenBuild.

 

About Habitat for Humanity
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 local communities across all 50 states in 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 60-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. In the past decade, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $300 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. For the latest news, visit Newsroom.Lowes.com or follow @LowesMedia on Twitter.

[1] The 2018 Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity National Women Build Week Survey presents the findings of an online survey conducted by Toluna from April 5-8, 2018 among a random sample of 1,019 American women age 18+. The margin of error for a sample of this size is ± 3% at a 95% level of confidence.

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Wells Fargo builds, donates $15,000 to support affordable housing in Clayton County

 

Media Contact: Trisha Pintavorn
trisha.pintavorn@schabitat.org
770-477-2367

LOVEJOY, GA [April 22, 2018] – A team of over sixty volunteers from Wells Fargo joined together with Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) to build a home for a family in need in Lovejoy, GA.

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that builds and repairs homes for low-income families in Clayton, Henry, and Fayette counties. New home builds are funded by grants, individual donations, and corporate partnerships. Wells Fargo donated $15,000 to the project and hundreds of volunteer hours to a new home build for Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity partner family Ms. Toyea Casey.

Ms. Casey is a single mother who works two jobs to provide for her three daughters.  She currently works 39 hours a week at Title Max and 24 hours a week at McDonald’s. Of how her life will change once she moves into her Habitat home, Ms. Casey says that, “I think it’ll just make me feel so much more confident, somewhere where now I can call my own, this is my house…. Just the security that this is always going to be home, [having my kids know that] if they were to leave, they can always come back home. Even if something happened to me, this will still be home to them.”

Volunteers put together the walls of Ms. Casey’s home, as well as painted the siding on another Habitat for Humanity home. This was part of a multi-state volunteer effort on Wells Fargo’s part for National Volunteer Month. 

This volunteer event was one of many in a longstanding partnership between Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity and Wells Fargo. In recent years, Wells Fargo has donated to support neighborhood revitalization efforts across all three counties, volunteered on multiple builds, and helped repair a home for a senior in Fayetteville. The homes Wells Fargo worked on are part of a new 28-home Habitat for Humanity development in Lovejoy, Georgia called Hannah Springs. “We’re so grateful to Wells Fargo for their continued support of our mission,” said Robin Malone, SCHFH Development Manager. “They truly have been a champion of affordable housing in the South Metro Atlanta area.”

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. Learn more at www.schabitat.org.

ABOUT WELLS FARGO:

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,200 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2017 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

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SCHFH invites the faith community to join together for “Lent Build” in 40 days of prayer, service, and sacrifice

 

Media Contact: Trisha Pintavorn
trisha.pintavorn@schabitat.org
770-477-2367

Lovejoy, GA [February 13, 2018] – Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH), a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is launching its first ever Lent Build. Lent Build provides an opportunity for congregations to grow in their faith by giving back to support affordable housing. The public is invited to participate in this time of prayer, fellowship, construction, and fundraising between February 14th and March 29th in Fayette County, Clayton County and Henry County.

“Habitat is a ministry built on demonstrating the love of Jesus with a vision of providing decent and safe housing.  This season of Lent, we are bringing people together to not only build homes, but to build fellowship in our communities and focus on our shared future and the hope of our faith,” said Cynthia E. Jenkins. “You can participate in several ways in each of the counties in our service area.  We hope you will join us in prayer, our weekly devotional, building, and fundraising for families in need in your county. We also have a prayer request list online for all of our families and community members who are in need this Lenten season. Visit our website to obtain the daily prayer list, blessings donation calendar, sign up for a build day, and find the nearest location for the devotionals.”

Since 1986, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity has been using volunteer-led construction to build, repair, and rehab 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 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. To date, SCHFH has impacted the lives of 300 hardworking families with a hand-up, not a hand-out.

To sign up and learn more, please visit www.schabitat.org/lentbuild, call the organization at 770.477.2367, or email Trisha Pintavorn at development@schabitat.org.

If you would like to make a contribution by mail, please send checks to:

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

9570 Tara Blvd

Jonesboro, GA  30236

Memo: Lent Build
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Ms. Gloria Saussy, a senior living in Riverdale, needs your help today.

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 

RIVERDALE, GA [November 14, 2017] — Ms. Gloria Saussy is one of a dozen senior homeowners currently in need of repairs on our Home Repair waitlist. She worked as an office manager for 42 years and raised three children as a single mother.  She currently is retired due to disabilities and lives in Riverdale: “I moved into the home in 2006, and then just two years later I had both my knees replaced. But even after that I went back to work and things were working out just fine, but four years later, here we go again. My health just deteriorated, and it deteriorated so quickly that it was scary.”

Ms. Saussy suffers from fibromyalgia, a painful disease which does not currently have a known cause or cure: “I’ll be fine one day, then the next day, I’m flat on my back. But we found out what the issues were and started working on it. I won’t get cured but I can live. And with Habitat for Humanity, I can live with contentment.

Our Home Repair program requires about 48 “sweat equity” or volunteer hours for seniors in our home repair program. But Ms. Saussy has doubled her hours. She put in time by helping out at the Habitat office and at our outreach tables at community events.  She loves the homeowner education and financial literacy classes she has taken with us, especially the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University courses.

As Ms. Saussy waits on our wait list, her home becomes more and more damaged by water from her leaking roof. A hole has opened up in her garage ceiling, and water stains have begun to spread into her living room. We are fundraising all month along for Ms. Saussy’s project, along with other senior homeowners in need.

If you would like to give to help with Gloria’s repairs, please consider contributing at schabitat.org/gagivesday

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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