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LOCAL HABITAT FOR HUMANITY’S ANNUAL INITIATIVE DRAWS WOMEN TO BUILD FOR FAMILIES IN SOUTH METRO ATLANTA 

Since the beginning of May, women from around the South Metro Atlanta region have gathered to build for local families. Kicking off Southern Crescent Habitat’s annual Women Build, women from Habitat for Humanity International’s BEST group and Amy & Co Realty helped paint a new home and build a shed in downtown Hampton on May 11th. Just a few days later, members of Southern Crescent Women in Business and political figures traded in their power suits for power tools to build sheds at the future home sites for two new Habitat homes. On May 21st, Southern Crescent Habitat welcomed “Community Builder” sponsor Piedmont Fayette and other Fayette County women to continue building in their Hannah Springs community in Lovejoy. Celebrating Homeownership Month, “Community Builder” sponsors SCB Video TV Marketing and Piedmont Henry will host another group of women to help a single mother fulfill her dreams of homeownership on June 3rd.

Participants of Southern Crescent Habitat’s Women Build not only invested their time but financially contributed to addressing the vital issue of affordable housing and equity building. Statistics show that women, especially those who serve as head of their families and women of color, disproportionately face obstacles that make accessing decent, affordable housing seem impossible. 

Thanks to sponsors, ambassadors, donors, and countless volunteers, Southern Crescent Habitat’s 2022 Women Build raised over $30,000 to help families in Clayton, Henry, and Fayette counties. Michelle Amara of SCB Video TV Marketing, Clayton County Chamber of Commerce President Valencia Williamson, and Southern Crescent Women in Business Founder Ariel Shaw served as this year’s Women Build ambassadors.

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!

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity and The Home Depot Foundation Change the Life of a Henry County Veteran

Air Force veteran Walter Jones was in dire need of home repair when Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity and The Home Depot Foundation came to the rescue.

The Home Depot Foundation volunteer

ELLENWOOD, GA (January 31, 2020) — Imagine a wave of orange t-shirts filling the driveway of a ranch home located in the northern corner of Henry County. This memory resonates with Air Force veteran Walter Jones as he recalls the day that volunteers from The Home Depot Foundation joined Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity to complete critical repairs on his home.

Despite his limited mobility, Mr. Jones is a big family man and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren whom he calls “little angels.” Not only will the repairs allow him to live comfortably, but they provide peace of mind and a sense of security. Some of the repairs completed by Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity included a new HVAC system, roof replacement, exterior/interior painting, and window replacement.

“Thank you! Thank you! You are doing GREAT service to those who are unable to do it on their own. Words cannot express the gratification we get from your kindness and the willingness of your work. I thank God for Habitat and the volunteers for the repairs to be done on my home,” exclaimed Mr. Jones as he learned about his acceptance into the program.

Mr. Jones is one of over 1,000 veterans that have received help through the Habitat for Humanity International Repair Corps program, an initiative funded by The Home Depot Foundation to help renovate, repair or construct homes for qualified U.S. veterans. Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity has participated in the program since 2014 and has completed more than 175 home repairs in Clayton, Fayette, and Henry counties.

For more information on the programs and services Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity offers, visit www.schabitat.org or call 770-477-2367.

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