Alpharetta, GA (May 2, 2013) - We honored some of our most committed and dedicated volunteers at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Sunday, April 28. The program for the evening included a comedy act by local Atlanta comedy troupe Laughing Matters and the presentation of our Points of Light Award Winners. The Points of Light President's Volunteer Service Award recognizes citizens for their commitment to ongoing volunteer service and civic engagement. This year's honorees are: Dennis Barchuk, Brian Burtnik, Ed Davis, Shelly Goldberg, Kathy Hoffman, Dennis Latora, Trisha LeBlanc, Teresa Mann, Glen Martin, Ed Morzen, Evy Possick, Brian Redden, Larry Reeves, and Kelly Trevitt.
Thank you to the over 2,500 volunteers who work with our ministry every year. Were it not for your service and devotion, we would not be able to build homes in partnership with deserving families in our community.
Cumming, GA (May 1, 2013) – Cumming’s newest independent and personal care senior housing community, The Villas at Canterfield, will sponsor an upcoming Habitat for Humanity house off of Dave’s Creek Road in Cumming. Construction on the home is scheduled to start in June 2013 and finish in August 2013. The home will be purchased by a deserving family from the Forsyth community who will work alongside volunteers helping to construct the house.
“Habitat for Humanity is such a wonderful program and being new to the Forsyth area, we wanted to do something not only significant for the Cumming community but also significant to our Canterfield residents.” stated Win Porter, who is an Atlanta resident and is founder of the Villas at Canterfield . “The act of giving time, energy and one’s self to help others is a gift in itself for the individuals offering their services. Our goal at Canterfield is to make our resident as independent as possible through our programs and employees’ efforts. By allowing them to participate in some way (some of our residents intend to saw and hammer nails, paint, or just be there for volunteer support), we hope to give back to our residents the ability to give as they once may have done in their youth, and make them feel really good about themselves.”
The Villas at Canterfield will donate a portion of the funding for the Habitat home. In addition some of its senior residents, staff and owners will be volunteering their help and skills to assist in the building and are looking for partners to join them in this effort. If your business, church, or organization is interested in partnering with The Villas at Canterfield to build a simple, decent home for a deserving family, please contact Win Porter at 770-399-9988 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Villas at Canterfield
The Villas at Canterfield is Cumming’s premier senior housing development catering to independent senior residents as well as those who might need more assistance with daily living activities. Phase I of the community is an elegantly constructed personal care building which opened its doors in October of 2012. The personal care home is made up into individual styled “Neighborhoods”. The primary neighborhood model is geared for a more active senior resident who might require some oversight and assistance but who is socially minded and enjoys outings and a more active lifestyle. However, the building also has a neighborhood for those individuals who may need more care with a higher ratio of caregivers to residents. In addition there is also a third neighborhood dedicated solely to those individuals who have various stages of memory loss and need special attention, programs and staffing to combat the implications of Alzheimer’s and other related memory impairment afflictions.
About Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia
Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia is a non-profit, Christian housing ministry that builds simple, decent homes for purchase by low income families who demonstrate a capacity for responsible homeownership. Since its inception in 1995, 232 homes have been completed and over 850 family members have been served in North Fulton, Cherokee and Forsyth/Dawson counties. Each family is required to attend 10 educational classes and perform 300 sweat equity hours. Families earn between 25% and 60% of the Atlanta area median income and purchase their homes from Habitat which provides them with a 25-year, no-interest loan. Family members work side by side with the volunteers, sponsors, and Habitat staff to build their homes. These families not only get to experience the pride of homeownership but they also know that their lives will be changed forever. For more information on Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia, please visit www.habitat-ncg.org.
Woodstock, GA - Three weeks after completing three homes in The Villages of Park Creek neighborhood in Woodstock, Habitat North Central Georgia began construction on three more homes for the Laventure, Mwangi, and Ramos families. We celebrated this important milestone in the lives of these families with a First Nail Ceremony the morning of April 6. All of the families thanked the sponsors and volunteers who will be helping them build their homes. Construction on the houses is due to be completed in August.
Thank you to the sponsors of these homes:
Laventure House Sponsors: Thrivent Builds, Lutheran Coalition for Habitat for Humanity
Mwangi House Sponsor: The UPS Foundation
Ramos House Sponsors: Schoen Insulation Services, Balfour Beatty, Enercon, Generation Mortgage Company, Gresham, Smith and Partners, OCI Enterprises, Ryder, Siemens, Sullivan & Schlieman Wealth Management LLC, Transamerica
Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia is a non-profit, Christian housing ministry that builds simple, decent homes for purchase by low income families who demonstrate a capacity for responsible homeownership. Since its inception in 1995, 239 homes have been completed and over 850 family members have been served in North Fulton, Cherokee and Forsyth/Dawson counties. Each family is required to attend 10 educational classes and perform 300 sweat equity hours. Families earn between 25% and 60% of the Atlanta area median income and purchase their homes from Habitat which provides them with a 30-year, no-interest loan. Family members work side by side with the volunteers, sponsors, and Habitat staff to build their homes. These families not only get to experience the pride of homeownership but they also know that their lives will be changed forever. For more information on Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia, please visit www.habitat-ncg.org.
Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership between Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity International. Thrivent Builds is designed to involve Thrivent members and Lutherans in helping provide a “hand up” to people in need of affordable housing, offering them a path to greater economic independence. Excluding government funding, Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is Habitat's largest single source of funding, constructing more than 2,900 homes in the U.S. and around the world since 2005. For more information, visit ThriventBuilds.com.
About Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a not-for-profit, Fortune 500 financial services membership organization helping approximately 2.5 million members achieve financial security and give back to their communities. Thrivent Financial and its affiliates offer a broad range of financial products and services. Thrivent Investment Management Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. As a not-for-profit organization, Thrivent Financial creates and supports national outreach programs and activities that help congregations, schools, charitable organizations and individuals in need. For more information, visit Thrivent.com. Also, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter.