Holiday Edition 2019
The New Community Service Newsletter
Atlantic Housing Foundation wants to wish everyone a very happy holiday season! From East to West and North Pole to South, we send our very best to you and yours this season. In December, our focus was on giving back to our residents and communities through local campaigns such as Operation Blue Santa, Safe Haven Shelter, and the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, among others. Resident Service Coordinators were as busy as elves finding out the needs for their community and helping to meet those needs. The Quail Ridge Resident Services Coordinator, Carmen Soto, held both an Evening with Santa and an Angel Tree Potluck to give back to residents and the community, shown above. We hope you enjoy this edition of the Community Services Newsletter that shows all of the joy and the cheer the Resident Service Coordinators spread from far to near!

Atlantic Housing Foundation is committed to excellence in service and a focus on giving back to the community. We operate under a set of core values that drive our business goals and everyday operations. These are:

Continuous Improvement
Investing in Human Capital
Passion for Service

We hope you enjoy this edition of the New Community Services Newsletter! For more information about Atlantic Housing Foundation we invite you to:
Holiday Celebrations
Atlantic Housing Foundation gave back to thousands of residents and community members this holiday season. At three communities: Shemwood Crossing Apartments, Boulder Creek Apartments, and Spring Grove Apartments, all located in South Carolina, over 800 Thanksgiving meals were given to our residents, provided by Greenville's Standing Against Violence Everyday Project 5000 feeding program. In total, Atlantic Housing Foundation served over 2,500 in total.

In December, AHF is committed to serving families with holiday meals, angel tree programs, and various activities designed to give back to communities. We will be partnering once again with Tabatha “Mata” Crawford, Director of SPIN and other community and resident volunteers at Shemwood Crossing Apartments for a large food distribution initiative.

Look for opportunities to give and receive next year at all of Atlantic Housing Foundation, Inc. communities by visiting and finding a way to get involved in a community nearby. Each property above also has a Facebook page for more information.  

We want to thank all of our community partners who helped with our November programs as well as everyone who participated in transforming communities in December!
Tabatha "Mata" Crawford, Director of SPIN; Bruce Wilson, Director of Fighting in Justice Together; James Dixon, Community Volunteer; and Shakir Robinson, Director of Center for Educational Equity were among the community volunteers and residents who helped with the Thanksgiving food distribution.

Spreading Joy and Cheer
Everyone at each of our properties work hard to make sure that our residents are receiving excellence in service, and this includes holiday events that spread joy and cheer to our residents and communities.

Resident Service Coordinators work hard to find out what needs exist in the community and determine what programs to coordinate to meet these needs.

Please enjoy these photos of residents both giving and receiving across the portfolio.
Tall Timbers Resident Coordinator, Lucy Guevera helps residents create reindeer decorations for the home.
Resident Coordinator Angela Holley works with residents to make sure there are presents under the tree for every child.
At Stonebriar, Resident Services Coordinator Shanda Gomez made sure that Santa paid a visit to bring joy to the residents.
In addition to providing gifts for residents, Silver Leaf Villas also collected presents to donate to the local Angel Tree program.
At Waters at Elm Creek, Diana De La Garza, Resident Services Coordinator, spread some joy to her residents with presents.
The Waters at Bluff Springs Resident Coordinator works at the local Operation Blue Santa with the Austin Police Department.
At Villas of Sonterra, Resident Services Coordinator Mariah Lopez creates fun for her residents.
A great turn out for the Angel Tree giving program, provided by Joann Gonzalez at Waters at Willow Run.
Club180 partners with Resident Service Coordinator Tamara Canzater for a fun holiday party at Waters at Longcreek.
At Palm House Senior Apartments, Gina Battles, Activity Director, coordinated a collection of gifts for Safe Haven.
At Palm House Senior Apartments, Gina Battles, Activity Director, coordinated a holiday party for residents. Residents enjoy fellowship and fun.
Residents in the English as a Second Language program at Stone Creek enjoy both ESL and fun coordinated by Nancy Blueitt, RSC.
Brittany Bay Apartments Resident Coordinators Linda Hess and Virginia Castillo provide festive fun and social activities for the residents.
Has the holidays gone to to dogs? It did at Westfield Apartments where they gave out holiday gifts for their four-legged friends.
At Arrowood, Resident Coordinator Patricia Gulley gave a holiday cookie class to raise funds for the local Angel Tree Program in Houston.
Windover Oaks invited Santa and Mrs. Claus to their Florida Holiday Giving party, where they donated gifts for the North Brevard Charities Angel Tree.
Angel Trees were prominently displayed at most of our sites.
We want to wish a warm welcome to Barbara Waller, new Resident Services Coordinator at Redbud Trail!
Pictured above: the Sam Houston State University Ladies Basketball Team donated to Toys for Tots via the Arbors at Sam Houston. Great job ladies!
Pictured above: the Waters at Bluff Springs Team display the donated stuffed animals to the Operation Blue Santa at their community.
Santa visited Waters at Willow Run and Waters at Sunrise to deliver gifts for residents with help from partnerships in the community. Horizon Worship Center, All About Music, Impact Floors, Primavera Landscaping, CC Restoration and GT Cleaning, among some private donations, brought gifts to residents who may not have had a gift under the tree this year. Visit Waters at Willow Run's Facebook page and Waters at Sunrise Facebook page to see more.
Happy Holidays from Waters at St. James!
Thankful that AHF Can Give Back
Since 2006, AHF has awarded over 400 deserving young men and women academic and housing scholarships totaling over $5,000,000. We are thankful to be able to give back each year through our academic, housing and good grades scholarship programs.

  • In 2019, we awarded 14 housing scholarships and 59 academic scholarships and spanned over 35 different colleges around the country.
  • In total, AHF is currently providing scholarships to 102 young people from low-income families.
  • Our annual scholarship awards total over $800,000.
  • Our scholarship recipients are pursuing degrees and certifications from two-year, four-year universities, technical colleges, and graduate programs. 

We are thankful we can give back!
Fall 2019 Scholarship Graduates
Ana Cecilia Bautista
University of North Texas
Bilingual Education
Atlantic Housing Foundation has really impacted me this semester. For the past years I have been working two jobs in order to be able to pay for both school and housing. I knew that wouldn't be possible this semester, because I had to take courses and do full-time student teaching. I am happy to announce that I will be graduating this Fall 2019 with a bachelors degree in bilingual education. This could not have been possible without the support of AHF.

"Work hard towards your dreams, and don't forget to always give back to your community."
James N. Kimani
Sam Houston State University
The Atlantic Housing Foundation scholarship really changed my life in a dramatic way. When I received the acceptance call for the housing scholarship, I was brought to tears knowing someone would help me while I was going through hard times.

"You have an opportunity that no one has. Make sure you make the best of the opportunity and help out others."

Rebeca Martinez
University of North Texas
Human Development
While I was a scholarship recipient of the Atlantic Housing Foundation, I found a passion in volunteering or being involved with the community. It's nice to talk to people and know that they are grateful for in-kind services.

"Keep applying to scholarships even if you don't get it the first time. "

The 2020 Fall Scholarship opens for applications January 1, 2020.
Upcoming Events and Information
Resident Survey
Atlantic Housing Foundation wants to hear from you! Please participate in our resident survey, open to all residents of Atlantic Housing Foundation. We will reveal the results of the survey, due December 31, 2019 in January of 2020. We look forward to resident input for our continued services to meet resident needs.
The Atlantic Housing Foundation Way
Sandie Fauss, Editor
Director of Community Services
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