HOUSTON COUNTY HABITAT NEWSLETTER
Homeless to Homeowner
Imagine you're working your dream job. You travel the high seas on a commercial cruise ship. You are a chef creating delicious meals for guest to enjoy. You even get to sing your heart out performing to the passengers delight - helping to give people beautiful memories to last a lifetime.

Then suddenly everything changes! You're engaged in an awful work related accident -  drastically changing the course of your life.   Unfortunately, this is Milton's story. 

  Learn more about future homeowner Milton
Valentine's Wall Raising Ceremony

When:    Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time:      10:00 AM
Where:  Old Mission Way, Warner Robins
               (Wellston Villas neighborhood)

"Families are not built by blood, but also by tears, heartaches and endurance.  As a single mom with three boys, tears and heartaches have been a part of our life, but we have endured.  I make it a priority to teach my boys not only to appreciate every moment in life, but to help others appreciate their moment, too.  Tomorrow is not promised, but we are here today, so let's make it count!" said Diana, Habitat Home #59
 
Habitat's 18th Annual Golf Charity Tournament
Who knew you could build a home for a family in need by having fun, swinging a golf club, getting to know new people and promoting your business? With our 18th annual golf tournament right around the corner, building a home for a hard-working family is just 18 holes of fun away.

  Click here to Register your team today!

Email or call Cheryl at (478) 328-3388, ext. 3 for details.
Habitat's Home is the Key" Annual Campaign is in full swing and we have BIG plans! 

Our affiliate is continuing to grow and spread the joy of decent housing to families throughout Houston County.  We have a  $250,000 goal to finish four new homes  and complete another 16-20 repair projects in the calendar year.   We're currently building our first two-bedroom small cottage style home for Milton, an individual disabled on the job and then eventually homeless. This new Habitat venture featuring small cottages, now broadens our services to help individuals like him, seniors, veterans, and smaller families. We then intend to break ground on our second Veterans Build home and two more civilian homes.  
 
We need your help in successfully continuing our mission.  Please give the  gift that keeps on giving with a donation today.

Click here for a few gift giving ideas that can help us reach our $250,000 goal! 
Check out our 2018 Annual Report as we give thanks to God for his mighty works!






Habitat for Humanity of GA affiliates visits Governor Kemp and local legislators 

Houston County Habitat joined forces with Georgia affiliates  this month celebrating a "Day at the Dome" to advocate for low cost, no interest housing.
 
These advocacy efforts help Georgia Habitat affiliates  promote greater support for affordable housing and community revitalization efforts in Georgia and speak with one voice against legislation, programs and policies that would hinder our mission and the families we serve.

Georgia affiliates have been successful in the past with state representatives in passing House Bill 750, an amendment to existing legislation that allows Habitat for Humanity affiliates to continue to issue zero-interest mortgages to hard-working Georgia families. Without this legislation, Habitat affiliates across the state would have been in serious risk of being unable to originate these mortgages so many people desperately need.

Why is Habitat for Humanity necessary? In Georgia, 1 in 8 households spend more than half of their income on housing.  Families all across the United States are paying too high a price to cover the cost of a home.  Rents and homeownership costs are skyrocketing, while wages are not keeping up pace.  Far too  often, families struggle to make ends meet.   Everywhere you look - cities, suburbs, rural areas -- the stability that home should bring remains out of reach for far too many families.  

At Habitat for Humanity, we know that a family should never have to spend more than 30 percent of their income on a home.  

To read the full text of the bill,  click here .
To donate to our cause,
click here.
 

CONGRATULATIONS SHERMAN BLACK,
 YOU DID THAT!!

What:    Mortgage Burning Ceremony
When    February 23,  2019, 12:00 Noon
Where:  Old Mission Way, Warner Robins
                (Wellston Villas neighborhood)

We have fifteen homeowners who have paid of their mortgages -- and Sherman is one of four who have done just that this year! We are extremely proud the Habitat mission of low-cost, no interest housing is working.  

Working several years as a janitor making $8.00/hour, he continues to  give back by volunteering in the Habitat ReStore. 

Please help us celebrate these outstanding homeowners accomplishments.  They worked hard at making their dream of homeownership a reality!  Way to go!!!

We have 59 homeowners. Are you the 60th? Learn more on how you may qualify for a Habitat home  here.
Former President Jimmy Carter remembers Millard Fuller
President Jimmy Carter talks about the man who helped him put faith into action.
Carters, family, friends gather at Koinonia Farm to remember Habitat for Humanity founder, Millard Fuller.
 
Dozens of people gathered at historic Koinonia Farm to mark the 10th anniversary of Millard Fuller's death, gathering at his rural gravesite to share remembrances of a man whose vision, faith and drive launched a worldwide movement and helped millions of people have simple, decent places to live - a movement that lives on til today.

Story Credit: Fuller Center Housing