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10 Years of Women Build at Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity!

Women Build 2024 attendees pose before getting hard to work

Girls play house, Women build them!

2024 marked 10 years of Women Build, one of our largest fundraisers, at Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity. Women from all over came together with a common goal: to build safe and affordable homes. Over the course of four incredible days, we experienced fun, fellowship, and the rewarding act of building homes.

Even when inclement weather threatened to disrupt our plans, we did what women do best: we pivoted. We brought the fun and productivity into our warehouse, where the ladies built walls to be transported to the build sites. It was a powerful reminder of the resilience and determination that women bring to the table.

Our Women Build Ambassadors this year included some truly inspiring women: Natosha Reid Rice, the first Global DEI Officer for Habitat for Humanity; Kim Mays, owner of Kim Mays State Farm Insurance Agency; Kim Freshwater, Realtor and Associate Broker at Century21 Crowe Realty; Katherine Jordan, Principal Interior Designer and owner of The Savvy ID; and Michelle Amarra, President of SCB Video TV Marketing. These incredible leaders not only brought their teams out to build but also spearheaded fundraising efforts, helping us raise over $20,000.

Ambassador Natosha Reid Rice, left, poses with her daughter.
Ambassador Kim Mays holds her phone up to take an usie with her team.
Ambassador Michelle Amarra relaxes after a long day of building.
Ambassador Katherine Jordan pauses work to give the camera a smile.
Ambassador Kim Freshwater gets checked in to begin work!

The Steel Magnolia

We took the opportunity to pay tribute to Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who passed away last year. Our t-shirts this year featured the letter “C” and a magnolia flower, a nod to her nickname “Steel Magnolia.” that she was called due to her southern genteel manner. Both First Lady Carter and President Carter were instrumental in making Habitat for Humanity the success it is today, and it was only fitting to honor her legacy.

None of our work would be possible without the support of our amazing sponsors. A heartfelt thank you to Jacobs, Kim Mays State Farm Insurance Agency, Century21 Crowe Realty, Atlanta Gas Light, SCB Video TV Marketing, and The Savvy ID for their unwavering support.

As we reflect on this year’s accomplishments, we look forward to building even more homes with all of you next year. Together, we are unstoppable!

Senator Jon Ossoff with Southern Crescent Homeowner Tanjills Sawyer

Senator Jon Ossoff announces $500,000 in Federal funding to further affordable housing in Clayton County

Senator Ossoff holds press conference in Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity’s Hannah Springs Community in Lovejoy, GA.

We’re thrilled to share the exciting news that federal funding secured by Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock will enable us to complete the homes in our Hannah Springs Community in Lovejoy, GA. This significant support not only underscores the commitment of our leaders to housing initiatives but also paves the way for even more families to achieve the dream of homeownership.

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity CEO, Cynthia Jenkins greets the crowd and discusses the importance of housing affordability. Photo courtesy of Senator Jon Ossoff’s Office

A dream come true

Homeowner Tanjills Sawyer greets Senator Ossoff as he arrives to Hannah Springs. Photo courtesy of Senator Jon Ossoff’s Office.

One of the homes is set for Tanjills Sawyer. She talked about what affordable housing really means to her. “It means that based on my income, that I could afford to pay the mortgage with no problem. I don’t have to worry about buying groceries or gas,” Sawyer said. She’s a bus driver who spoke with 11Alive between shifts.  “I’m going back to work,” Sawyer said. “I’ve got to take the kids home!” Plus, Sawyer has kids of her own. Her rent payments weighed heavy on her. “I was looking for a place to move because my apartment had gotten too expensive. I couldn’t afford it,” Sawyer said. So, she started looking for a new apartment for her family.  “I was going to downsize,” Sawyer said. “I was going to share a room with my daughter and let my son have his own room.”

Source: 11 Alive

Tanjills now does not have to worry about rising rent prices or sharing a room with her daughter. She is now the owner of a brand new 3 bed, 2 bath home. This is what our mission is all about; giving families opportunities they may have never had. The Hannah Springs community is a beacon of hope for many families striving for stability and independence. With this new funding, we can accelerate construction and finalize the homes, ensuring that the wait for these deserving families is shortened. Each home represents a fresh start, a place where families can build lasting memories and secure a brighter future.

The mission continues

Senator Ossoff with the staff and board of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity. Photo courtesy of Senator Jon Ossoff’s Office.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Senators Ossoff and Warnock for their unwavering support and dedication to improving housing accessibility. Their efforts have made a tangible difference in the lives of many families in Lovejoy and Clayton County as a whole. Stay tuned for more updates as we progress and join us in celebrating this milestone achievement for the Hannah Springs community. If you would like to donate or volunteer with us, please visit our website here.

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity celebrates home for the holidays with our newest Veteran Homeowner!

Veteran Homeowner, Marsha Pettigrew excitedly cuts the ribbon on her brand new home! Southern Crescent CEO, Cynthia Jenkins, The Pettigrew Family, and The Patricia Terwilliger Family Foundation joins her in the celebration.

Marsha’s Story

Marsha Pettigrew is an Army Veteran who is simply “grateful!” Although she experienced a few rough patches along her journey, Marsha didn’t let it deter her from providing for her children. Often times, as a mother of six, she felt as though she was “robbing Peter to pay Paul.”

Her dream of becoming a homeowner seemed so far away, until she saw someone wearing a Habitat for Humanity t-shirt and asked them about the organization. The thought of becoming a homeowner is still mind-blowing to her, but she looks forward to the day when she can host gatherings for her children and their families all under one roof!

Marsha is currently a Marta bus operator and lives with her twins, Elizabeth and Elisha (Elijah), and her newborn grandson.

We are forever grateful for our partnership with The Patricia Terwilliger Family Foundation for sponsoring the entire build for Marsha’s home. The Patricia Terwilliger Family Foundation, which supports veterans through various charitable efforts, not only made a financial donation but also joined us on the build site numerous times. See the photos here.

Photo credit © Habitat for Humanity International/Carolina Guerrero.

At Southern Crescent, we recognize the immense sacrifices made by our Veterans and are deeply committed to supporting them through our housing programs. Through supporting Veterans, we honor their service and contribute to their well-being and reintegration, reinforcing our dedication to those who have bravely served our country.

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity celebrates 37th Anniversary with the dedication of their 216th home!

The Miller Family prepares to cut the ribbon of their new home standing with Southern Crescent CEO Cynthia Jenkins and Board Members, Jule Segner and Dave Hesterlee.

On Tuesday October 3, 2023, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity celebrated 37 years of building homes and hope in our service communities. What better way to celebrate than by hosting the dedication our 216th home! We welcomed the Miller Family to their new home with a dedication and blessing ceremony. The day was filled with fun, food, and fellowship as members of our team, past volunteers, and our partner family all shared stories about working together to get to this momentous day.

A new beginning

Nyesha is a hardworking single mother of three who never thought homeownership would be possible. Although she is a Texas Native, she has called the South Metro Atlanta area home for many years. With an entrepreneurial spirit, she currently runs a balloon business while working her regular 9-5 to make sure she can provide for her family.

Due to rising rent and unforeseen circumstances, her oldest daughter and father have now moved in with her and her youngest son. The idea of multigenerational living is becoming the new normal with the inflated cost of living. Nyesha says that she is “looking forward to building from this investment (home) and leaving something to her children.”

This home dedication would not have been possible without the sponsorship of Publix Supermarket Charities and Clayton County Government. We are beyond grateful for your continued support of our affiliate and help to make the dream of homeownership possible for all.

The Class of 2023 Habitat Grads!

At Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, our mission extends far beyond the construction of homes. It’s about building stronger communities and providing a stable foundation for families to thrive. We proudly celebrate a remarkable achievement – the graduation of several students from various levels of schooling, all of whom are the children of our Habitat homeowners.

Research consistently shows that stable housing plays a crucial role in a child’s success as they grow up, and these graduates exemplify this truth. The positive impact of homeownership on a child’s development cannot be overstated, and their stories are a testament to this fact.

Introducing our Class of 2023 Southern Crescent Grads!!!

Pharaoh is a graduating senior and has been in a Habitat Home for 9 years.

These young ladies are siblings and their family has been in their Habitat Home for 8 years. Kashara is a graduating senior, Tamya is graduating from elementary school and Daria is graduating from Pre-K.


Rayne is graduating from elementary school and her family has been in their Habitat Home for 12 years.

We are beyond proud of our Habitat Grads for accomplishing these milestones. We wish you all nothing but the best in achieving your goals and endeavors!

The Lake Spivey Chapter of Jack and Jill Thanksgiving Build

Caleb Robinson is a senior at Woodward Academy who has a passion to help his community. Serving as the Youth Engagement Intern at Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, he has done everything from build walls to generate creative ideas.


Caleb decided to enlist the help of his friends and fellow members of The Lake Spivey Chapter of Jack and Jill to help a family get one step closer to living in their own home. The group painted and built a shed for our next homeowner in McDonough, GA. With the help of fellow students, Caleb and The Lake Spivey Chapter of Jack and Jill were able to raise over $2,150!


Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity builds affordable homes and completes home repairs for income-qualified families, who need a hand up, not a handout. Through education and financial literacy, families are prepared to be successful homeowners. By partnerships with volunteers and donors in Henry, Clayton and Fayette Counties, their mission of building homes, communities and hope is possible. Since 1986, we have built, renovated and repaired more than 400 homes. For more information, please visit us at www.schabitat.org.

We’re Building Healthy Homes this Giving Tuesday!

This #GivingTuesday Southern Crescent Habitat hopes to surpass our $50,000 goal with your help!

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is on a mission to ensure that individuals in Clayton, Henry, and Fayette counties don’t have to choose between which basic necessity they are able to provide for their families. Because of our homeownership and home repair programs, many of the families we partner with are able to focus on adequate heath care instead of spending the majority of their income on housing or repairs.

Housing and health equity are deeply intertwined. Poor housing conditions and the lack of affordable housing are associated with negative health outcomes. In Georgia, 1 in 7 households are severely cost-burdened — those spending more than 50% of their income on housing — and devote 57% less of their total expenditures to health care than non-cost-burdened households at similar income levels. 

Whether through campaigns for our essential workers or ensuring that or older population is able to age in place, we know housing has a huge impact on health. In fact, it’s proven that providing access to stable and affordable housing improves health and reduces health care costs.

As we celebrate 36 years of building homes and hope, we know that the work we do is only possible because of your support! Your gifts have impacted thousands of individuals, giving them healthy environments to thrive and building a community of neighbors – but there is still much work to do.

Your gift today means families like Nilka’s and Shaneeka’s will have a stable, healthy foundation on which to build a future. As seen throughout the pandemic, home is vital to your health and we are doing our part to build healthy homes through our programs.

Giving Tuesday is November 29th and Southern Crescent Habitat invites you to join us as we continue to build healthy homes in the South Metro Atlanta region

Here is how you can get ready to give:

  1. Mark your calendar: Add Giving Tuesday 
  2.  Give. Now through November 29th, go to www.schabitat.org/gagives and donate. You can also support our organization by joining a committee, starting a fundraiser, or volunteer on a build site. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.
  3. Spread the word. Encourage your friends and family to join you in creating real impact on November 29th by sharing what our mission means to you and why you support our organization . Make sure to use hashtags #BuildwithSCHabitat #GAgives #GivingTuesday #gagenerosity and tag us so we can share!

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 helped over 430 families with homeownership and home repairs.

ABOUT GA GIVES ON GIVING TUESDAY:

GAgives, rooted in the Thanksgiving season, has raised more than $13.5 million in donations for nearly 2,700 Georgia nonprofits since 2012. Led by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, the GAgives initiative maintains an online fundraising platform, GAgives.org, free to use for any registered 501c3 in the state; it also helps teach and mobilize everyone with a stake in the community – organizations, corporate sponsors, government agencies, media partners, and citizens – to raise awareness and support for nonprofits.

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity addresses home safety and health in South Metro Atlanta region thanks to $30,000 grant from Lowe’s

Thanks to the Lowe’s Grant, Ms. Crawford received a new roof, bathroom repairs, HVAC servicing, and more.

JONESBORO, GA (October 27, 2022) —Southern Crescent Habitat received a $30,000 grant from Lowe’s to help complete three Critical Home Repair projects for seniors in the South Metro Atlanta region. The funding is 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.

“With the state of the economy, so many people are trying to maintain and preserve the homes that they’ve worked so hard to build. We are excited that through the Lowe’s grant, we have helped three more families with extensive repairs that they may not have otherwise been able to afford,” exclaims COO Elizabeth Duncan.

Southern Crescent Habitat focused its efforts on aiding seniors who were in dire need of critical home repair. With 10,000 people turning 65 each day, the need for safety and home modifications is growing in communities. Not only did the home repairs provide the seniors with a peace of mind, but it will allow them to age in place. Some of the projects included roofing, bathroom modifications, and HVAC replacements.

Homeowner Ms. Bryant is a cancer patient that is currently in the process of receiving her repairs. She contacted Sothern Crescent Habitat because her “house of 27 years needed some repairs, and she didn’t have the money.”

Access to quality, affordable home repair and modification services continues to be out of reach for low to moderate income households across the nation. With the support of this funding, Southern Crescent Habitat can further its efforts of helping 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.

About Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity builds affordable homes and completes home repairs for income-qualified families, who need a hand up, not a handout. Through education and financial literacy, families are prepared to be successful homeowners.  By partnerships with volunteers and donors in Clayton, Henry, and Fayette Counties, their mission of building homes, communities and hope is possible.  Since 1986, they have built, renovated and repaired more than 420 homes.  For more information, please visit us at www.schabitat.org.

About Lowe’s

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE 50 home improvement company serving approximately 19 million customer transactions a week in the United States and Canada. With fiscal year 2021 sales of over $96 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service nearly 2,200 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 300,000 associates. Based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs focused on creating safe, affordable housing and helping to develop the next generation of skilled trade experts. For more information, visit Lowes.com.

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.

Southern Crescent Welcomes New Partnerships

Southern Crescent Habitat is excited to welcome new partnerships! Not only are these companies and organizations serving their communities, but they are supporting our mission! Without partners, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity would not be able to celebrate 36 years of building homes, communities, and hope. In the last quarter, we’ve had the pleasure to welcome Georgia Power, Anning-Johnson, Collective Insights, Clayton State Alumni Association and More Perfect Union.

More Perfect Union

More Perfect Union joined us on the build site to continue working on our 214th and 215th homes. They joined us on the wall building and raising in our Hannah Springs location in Lovejoy. Our homeowner Shakilya even joined us for a little sweat equity..

Collective Insights

Our long time partners, Collective Insights, joined us back at our Hannah Springs site to continue working on lots 14 and 15. Our future homeowner Nilka was excited to see the walls go up and even read a few of the messages that our ReStore customers left during our last sign-the-stud event.

Georgia Power | 2022 Annual Partner | Beloved Community Build

Georgia Power joined us for a Beloved Community Build on Friday, July 8th. As an Annual Partner, they are committed to our mission and will join us for four builds throughout the year. Georgia Power built walls and worked in our Hannah Springs subdivision in Lovejoy on this day of service.

Anning-Johnson

Our friends at Anning-Johnson Company joined us on our build site to put up siding in our Hannah Springs neighborhood on September 15th and 16th. Siding going up means we’re getting closer to our families being able to move in!

Clayton State Alumni Association

The Clayton State Alumni Association joined us September 24th at our Hannah Springs location to kick off their Alumni Week! How cool was it that they were able to give back while painting the home of a fellow Laker!