Taffeta Trail-Blazers

 

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” […]

Habitat for Humanity International’s Global Conference

Habitat for Humanity-International hosted its Global Conference March 27-30th and it was AMAZING! There were hundreds of difference sessions for attendees to choose from, and there were attendees from all around the world-LITERALLY! I got to have breakfast with the head of Habitat for Humanity South Africa. Did you know the best time to visit South Africa is in January through March?

Habitat for Humanity-DeKalb was fortunate enough to be able to send our entire staff to the conference! We sat in on innovative sessions that left us invigorated and excited to get back to work.
We were pleased to share the event with community partners such as Rodney Reese, Senior Planner-DeKalb County Community Development and a few residents from our joint neighborhood revitalization program. Their enthusiasm at being included was a tangible reminder of why we do the work we do.
Conference attendees were fortunate to be able to hear President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter speak. For this Georgia girl, it was a motivational moment to say the least. He challenged us to never stop thinking that we can do more to change people’s lives. It honestly felt like he was passing the torch, from his generation to the younger generation. I loved it!
The theme of the conference was #EveryHabitatHand. It was a firsthand reminder that every single person affiliated with Habitat, from volunteers, to staff, to donors, to families, is what makes Habitat for Humanity what it is. All over the world, Habitat is helping a family every 50 seconds.
Just imagine what we can collectively do in the next 10 years?
Feel free to reach out to me to see where you fit in – Daniella Singleton.
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    You are invited: Annual Volunteer Recognition & Golden Hammer Awards

You are invited: Annual Volunteer Recognition & Golden Hammer Awards

You’re Invited to Blueprints, Blue Jeans & BBQ
A Night of Fun & Celebration
Habitat for Humanity-DeKalb is committed to building affordable houses for hard working low-income families. Fulfilling that vision is only possible thanks to dedicated volunteers and generous donors like you! On Saturday, June 24th we will be asking you to join us in putting down your hammers and picking up a brew (or wine, or soda…) to celebrate the accomplishments of this last year.

We will be celebrating for the first time at a local DeKalb County brewery, Three Taverns Craft Brewery in Decatur. Enjoy a night of heavy hors d’oeuvres, some brews and live music as we honor a group of exceptional volunteers with our annual Golden Hammer awards.

There will also be a raffle for a chance to win Southwest Airline tickets, trip to Disney World, restaurant vouchers, rock climbing passes and more. Early bird tickets are on sale for just $35 per individual ticket and $400 for a table of 10 beginning April 1st, but that price won’t last long. Buy tickets today: Click Here!

 

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, sponsorship opportunities are still available. Email Daniella Singleton, Resource Development Coordinator for information: dsingleton@dekalbhabitat.org.

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ReStore opens in Doraville!

A New ReStore in DeKalb County
On November 6, 2015 the ribbon was cut and a new ReStore joined the Habitat for Humanity family. This ReStore opening was especially exciting for us at Habitat for Humanity-DeKalb because a portion of the proceeds will benefit our efforts in DeKalb County. Please see store information below to visit, shop, and/or donate! 

 

The Habitat ReStore concept started in 1991 as Habitat affiliates began to receive donations of building materials and household goods that donors thought could be used in Habitat homes. Though the generosity was greatly appreciated, it proved impractical to redesign blueprints to fit the dimension of specific doors, windows and cabinet sets that had been donated. Instead, Habitat affiliates began selling these donated items to the public and using the proceeds to cover costs of homebuilding. Currently, there are more than 920 Habitat ReStores in five countries and the Habitat ReStore network continues to grow, exponentially supporting the Habitat mission.

Store Information:
Habitat ReStore Doraville

3740 Dekalb Technology Parkway, Suite B
Doraville, GA 30340

Hours: 

Tuesday – Saturday: 10am–6pm

(770) 415-1640

Donation Hotline

(770) 962-4200

 

Homebuyer Workshop with Operation Hope

On October 31, 2015, we held a Homebuyer Workshop in partnership with Operation Hope. It was an informative event for our family partners, past Habitat applicants, and other families from our community.  All of the families received important information about the home buying process.  This included learning about down payment and closing cost assistance programs, how to find an affordable home that fits your budget and family, home inspections, reading a credit report and how to raise your score, and determining if you are ready to buy a new home.

The families were all set up with a one on one financial counseling sessions with an advisor from Operation Hope to go over their financial picture and set up a realistic budget.  At the close of each counseling session, each family earned a HUD certificate which qualifies them for home buying assistance programs.  

At Habitat for Humanity-DeKalb, we are invested in helping hard working families find a way to buy an affordable home.  There are many roads that lead to that goal whether with us or another program.  The important thing is for all families to have safe, stable, and affordable housing in which all members of the family can thrive.

Mission Continues and Wounded Warrior Project

The Mission Continues and Wounded Warrior Atlanta Platoon engages local Veterans to complete service projects in the Atlanta area. Their first service project on a Habitat site took place on July 10th in Lithonia with Habitat for Humanity-DeKalb.

We were fortunate that a lot of the members had previous construction experience which made for a very productive day. The group worked on clearing out the living room, removing the flooring in the kitchen, sanding the walls, removing the old sinks and cabinets, and trimming the bushes outside. 

We were honored to have them spend the day with us and look forward to working with these amazing volunteers again!

The Mission Continues empowers veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions. We redeploy veterans in their communities, so that their shared legacy will be one of action and service.

Wounded Warrior’s vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. Their purpose is to:

To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

2015: Highest Volunteer Participation in Women Build

National Women Build Week by the numbers According to our recent affiliate survey, the 2015 National Women Build Week had the highest volunteer participation to date. More than 23,000 volunteers took part in our eighth annual event, compared to around 12,500 volunteers last year.

Here are a few other highlights from the survey:

621 homes were built, repaired or renovated
656 families served
23,278 volunteers
18,107 women volunteers
1,690 Lowe’s Heroes
253 million media hits from traditional media and Web-based articles and blogs

We, at Habitat for Humanity-DeKalb, are so proud and thankful for all the WOMEN who swung a hammer with us on May 11th!

 

Golden Hammer Awards and Reception 2015

Legendary UGA Quarterback Eric Zeier served as our Master of Ceremonies for the Golden Hammer Awards celebrated on  June 11th. We celebrated at the historic Callanwolde Fine Arts Center for the second year in a row.

We were joined by our dedicated donors, volunteers, community leaders, and family partners to celebrate our accomplishments of 2014-2015. There was not a dry eye in the house as we watched the ceremonial “passing of the key” from our very first homeowner to our newest homeowner.
The Golden Hammer Awards & Silent Auction is an annual ceremony recognizing  individuals and organizations that exemplify our mission of building a better DeKalb County.
2015 Golden Hammer Award Winners:
Eric Larson, Former Board President & Dedicated Volunteer

Ron Abercrombie, Dedicated Volunteer

John Beal, Dedicated Volunteer

BB&T Branch Banking & Trust, Outstanding Community Partner

Women Build 2015

Once again, Habitat for Humanity-DeKalb was one of 300 affiliates that took part in Women Build sponsored by Lowe’s. On the day before Mother’s Day, over 20 women came together to help support the dream of home ownership for a Habitat family. The women worked on the Third Street home. They were able to complete two walls of siding on the soon to be new home.

“I have volunteered at Habitat for many years, but never swung a hammer until today! The day was so much fun and hard work. I especially loved that there was a female construction crew leader on site, ” said a one female volunteer. 

Lowe’s has supported the Women Build program since 2004 and helped launch National Women Build Week in 2008. Each year, Lowe’s provides the help of Lowe’s Heroes and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills. This year, Lowe’s contributed nearly $2 million to National Women Build Week. Since its partnership with Habitat began in 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million and helped more than 4,000 Habitat families improve their living conditions.

Women Build is Habitat for Humanity’s program for women who want to learn construction skills and build homes and communities. This program brings together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide.  Learn more about the history of Women Build.

SunTrust Sponsors Third Street House

These bankers sure can swing a hammer! Habitat for Humanity – DeKalb is deeply grateful for the generous team at SunTrust for dedicating their time, talents, and resources to serve as a whole house sponsor for the Third Street home in Stone Mountain. This will soon be the home of the Searles family making their dream of home ownership a reality.

The SunTrust team has brought such positive energy to the project contributing lots of  sweat equity hours over many Saturdays. We appreciate the joyful spirit brought to our project especially after putting in a long week at a desk!