SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Publix Super Markets Charities has awarded a $70,000 Full House Sponsorship to Houston County Habitat for Humanity. This brings a total of $129,000 in donations awarded from the Foundation to the Habitat affiliate since 2003.
 
The full house sponsorship will build Houston County Habitat's 57th home.
 
This generous donation continues the Foundation's commitment to meeting the basic needs of the communities it serves through additional financial support for housing, transitional support and client service programs. "No individual or family should have to worry about the basic needs of food or shelter," said Carol Jenkins Barnett, President of Publix Super Markets Charities. "I am honored our Foundation is continuing my father's legacy of supporting the communities Publix serves. And I am so proud of our Publix associates for giving their time and talents to building houses and providing hope to those in need."  

Publix employees are happy to contribute to this project. "We will have teams of store associates coming from our local Houston County stores and also traveling from as far as Atlanta for the duration of this build to get the job done.", said Publix District Manager, J.P. Watterson.
 
The home will be in partnership with Robert and Jessica Rivera and three children.  The wall-raising event for the Rivera family will take place shortly as soon as the weather dries up and we are able to pour the concrete slab. Please stay tuned for the actual date.  Construction will take approximately four months. The home will be located in the Warner Robins revitalization Wellston Villas neighborhood.
The Rivera's will also work alongside Houston County Habitat construction crew leaders and local volunteers as they contribute the required sweat equity hours. They then will pay it forward by purchasing an affordable zero-interest mortgage for the home at closing.

"This is a momentous time for Houston County Habitat and our partner families," said Resource Development Director, Cheryl Glover.  "We deeply appreciate this generous donation and are grateful to be one of 125 Habitat affiliates chosen by Publix Super Markets Charities and one of the 7 selected in the state of Georgia. Its wonderful partners like Publix that help us sustain and have success in our mission.  They are a staple contributor in our community and are making a positive difference in the lives of our community members."

Rivera Family Photo Credit: A Betta Image by Etta Kelly

Giving a Hand Up!
Houston County Habitat Helps Aging in Place Mom and Disabled Daughter Gain Accessibility

"In my opinion, Habitat for Humanity sits at the right hand of God!" That's what 78 year old Kristin proclaimed about Houston County Habitat for Humanity as she shared her story with Habitat for Humanity International representatives during a site visit recently.  

Kristin was unable to contain her joy while giving Habitat representatives a tour of finished projects completed by Houston County Habitat's Aging in Place program.  

You see, the normal daily tasks that we may take for granted such as bathing or brushing our teeth were not possible for this mom and her 43 year old disabled daughter.  Kristin is the primary caregiver for Polly who  was born with Cerebral Palsy and is quadra-spastic. Kristin and Polly had to have two bathrooms modified to allow them to stay in their home. Kristin suffers back pain and has difficulty getting up and down. She had been transporting Polly across town to another family member's home to allow Polly to bathe multiple times throughout the week.
 
A project was developed to assist the family. Habitat volunteers  modified the larger bathroom with the removal of a cracked non-functioning small shower and a large garden tub.  This was replaced with a large roll-in shower and transfer bench. A handicap height toilet was installed in both bathrooms with grab bars.  Polly now has wheelchair access to a  bathroom sink where she now can brush her teeth.  Re-framing and replacement of two 30 inch doors was also done to enable wheelchair access to the bathroom and bedroom.
 
Additionally, Habitat removed raised and uneven parts of the front sidewalk to enable wheelchair access. The front landscaping was very overgrown and had large thorny rose shrubs blocking the sidewalk and front door.

Thanks to a $1,500 grant provided by the Clare Foundation, Houston County Habitat was able to assist this 78 year old mother and enable Polly to bathe in her home again. 

Our current budget lacks funding for our repairs program. The Clare foundation provides matching grants and covers only part of the costs. If you would like to help families like Kristin and Polly, please donate.  You can help us take advantage of these matching grants by contributing your gift safely and easily at our website . Designate your gift for "Repair Program".

Take a look at Kristin as she shares her triumphant story!
  

COMMUNITY CHALLENGE
Thank You Cox Charity Community Grant Challenge!

We want to thank  Cox Communications Southeast Region for presenting Houston County Habitat with a generous $5,000 donation. We appreciate their support in helping families realize the dream of homeownership in Houston County.  

This donation provided Houston County Habitat with the Charity Community Grant Challenge. 

At Houston County Habitat for Humanity we build because we believe that everyone, everywhere, should have a healthy, affordable place to call home. More than building homes, we build communities, we build hope and we build the opportunity for families to help themselves.

If you would like to match this gift and help us do more, please do so by contributing your gift safely and easily at our  website .     



17th Annual Golf Tournament 
Presented by Parrish Construction Raises $30,000!

April 27th was a great day for Houston County HFH! Southern Landings proved again to be a great venue. We would like to thank our sponsors and ask you to patronize these businesses that so graciously give back to their community. 


ALFA Ins. Joiner H&H Carpet Perry Kiwanis
All State Electric Heritage Funeral Perry Presbyterian
All State- Palmer HHC Phillip Wray
Allens Tree Service Friends on the Hill Phillips Furniture
BB&T - Sam Renfroe Hokes H&Air Raffield Tire
Lemke Law Hope Homes Raymond Haggard
BCI Insulation Houston Home Journal Rain Church
Bill Taylor Houson Ortho
Rick Gingras
Bob Carnot Howard Moore McDuffie Rosenbaum Ortho
Butler Sand Integra Rush Fitness
Chandler Collision Isagenix Sachie Thorn
Chet Lowe Jim Baletto Scales Exotic
Chuck Shaheen Jim Danielson Shirley O'Neil
Coldwell Banker SSK Jimmy Spinks State Farm Spillers Ortodontics
Color Me Pink Lee Taylor SSAI & LCGI
Cornerstone Medical Livingston Prop Stokes, Tarrell
Christ Methodist Loomis Storey & Clark

Trax and Trailers Lowe Toyota Summerhill
Dave Schomer Mars Tax Service Sunmark

Dr. Stewart McCullough FH Synovus Bank
Dr. Sydney Baggett McDonald's Horse Tony & Mary Zigrino
Eddie Causey McWright Const Total Computer Sol
EMICC Middle Ga. Ortho
Trax & Trailers

Empire Roofing Mike Trotter United Rental
Eric Gainous Mike Walter  We Care
First Presbytarian WR Morris Bank Women's Health Care
Flint Electric National Bank Prod Warner Robins Supply
Friends on the Hill National Exterminating
First Response Svcs  Next Generation Services
GEC Environmental
Georgia Cooling
Optimist Club
Parrish Construction


Home is the Key Annual Campaign

We have pledges of over $200,000 towards our goal of $250,000! These pledges fund our construction budget for the coming year. Our plan is to fund three new homes and complete sixteen repair projects during our next fiscal year beginning July 1st, 2018.


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Houston County Habitat for Humanity
478-328-3388
development@hocohabitat.org
http://hocohabitat.org