Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia held a First Nail Ceremony for three families last Saturday at the Villages of Park Creek neighborhood in Woodstock on the border of Cherokee County and Fulton County. Over 100 community members, sponsors, family members and Habitat staff and board members attended the ceremony. It was a beautiful day and everyone was extremely excited to put the first nail into the frames of three new homes. Construction will be completed on December 14th, in time for the families to enjoy the holidays in their new homes.
Two of the homes will be part of an annual ecumenical build where approximately 12 local churches join together to raise the funds and provide volunteers to build the homes. The third home is being sponsored by local businesses.
The first home will be built in partnership with the Rodriguez-Mora family. Tina and Victor have two children, Victor Jr. (12) and Victoria (8). The family has faced many hardships over the years including caring for an ill relative and, most recently, taking custody of a relative’s child in need. Tina work’s as a medical assistant. Victor is currently looking for work after losing his job when he had to take care of his ill relative. The family is living with Tina’s mother right now and is very excited with the prospect of having their own home where they can raise their children. Their home is part of the ecumenical build and is being sponsored by the following churches; Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, Northminster Presbyterian Church, Roswell Presbyterian Church, Roswell United Methodist Church, Saint Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Saint David’s Episcopal Church, Saint James United Methodist Church, Saint Michael the Archangel, Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
The second home will be built in partnership with Sylvia Koch, who is a mother of four. Two of her children are adults and the other two are still at home with her; Melissa (19) and Mary (16). Sylvia teaches music and Pre-K at a local school. She loves working with children and volunteering in the community. “I pray each day to help this world be a better place for you and me,” stated Sylvia. “It starts with each one of us sharing God’s words and love”. The Koch home is being sponsored by Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church and Saint Brigid Catholic Church as part of the ecumenical build.
Habitat is partnering with Bahaa Shafik and his wife Sahar on the third home. The two are proud parents of two children; Mariam and Androw. The family immigrated from Egypt about five years ago so that they could provide a better life for their children. “Everything has been wonderful except for our current living situation,” stated Mr. Shafik. “Our apartment is unsafe for the children. The windows leak and the air conditioning doesn’t work. There have also been several burglaries in the apartment.” The family is looking forward to having their own home. Bahaa has been working at a local supermarket for several years. The Shafik home is being sponsored by several businesses including; AutoTrader.com, GEICO, Schneider Electric Foundation and Employees, State Street Foundation and Wells Fargo.
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, 243 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.
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.