Construction is underway on 1837 Taffeta Trail! Energy was high as groups from St. Thomas Moore Church and Decatur High School worked on the project. The volunteer group from St. Thomas Moore has been and will continue to be on site for multiple Saturdays as one of two house sponsors. The other house sponsor is Brand Vaughn Lumber Company. Their volunteer group helped raise the walls using the lumber that they supplied.
Future homeowner Andrea Smith, was there working as well. Andrea, who teaches 3 and 4-year-olds at Head Start, is originally from Decatur. She has always loved children and is the type of teacher that kids just gravitate towards.
Andrea found out about applying to the program through her son’s aunt who went through the program with Atlanta Habitat. Andrea was tired of the frustrations of renting and wanted a more stable place for her family. Andrea will be moving into Taffeta Trail with her 14-year-old son.
“My son has special needs, he doesn’t understand why he can’t bounce a basketball in the apartment because of neighbors or play in the busy parking lot. I’m so happy that Habitat will give him the opportunity to be free in his own home” said Andrea.
This was Andrea’s first day at her own build but she has already logged 150 sweat equity hours helping another family with their house rehab. She has found the sweat equity to be helpful because it makes her feel more physically prepared to handle home ownership in terms of repairs and other maintenance. One of the first things Andrea plans to do once the project is completed is decorate.
“I’m a DIY kind of girl so I’ve been looking through Pinterest getting ideas for decorating” said Andrea. She also plans to get a basketball hoop for her son to play basketball outside.