On February 8, HomeAid Atlanta marked the completion of its fourth construction project at The Drake House with a ribbon cutting ceremony. HomeAid partnered with volunteer Builder Captain Ryan Swallow of South Haven Builders who led a total renovation of Building 40 at The Drake Village, The Drake House's newest facility. The Drake Village provides a longer-term housing solution for graduates of The Drake House, which has a mission of providing a lifeline of supportive housing and enrichment programs for homeless mothers and their children.
At the event, elected officials, board members, staff, and the community celebrated HomeAid’s longtime partnership with The Drake House. Builder Captain Ryan Swallow volunteered for a Care Day as a part of HomeAid’s renovation of The Drake Center in 2015. “It’s one thing to help out for just a day, but to see this project come to fruition and see the first families move in really brought home to me the value of giving,” said Swallow.
Remona, a graduate of The Drake House living at The Drake Village, told her story at the event. Formerly homeless and addicted to drugs, she has been clean and sober for eight years, has a great job, and is well on her way to home ownership. “Thank God for allowing me to come full circle,” she said. She expressed gratitude for the shelter, classes, love, and support she and her son received at The Drake House. She also thanked HomeAid Atlanta, saying, “Thank you for your hand in building the housing where I could learn to do better.”
This spring, HomeAid Atlanta completed a renovation at House of Dawn, located in Jonesboro, GA, which provides a stable, loving home and life skills programs for expectant mothers and young mothers who are at risk for homelessness and abuse. Doug Cotter, in partnership with Silverstone Communities, volunteered as Builder Captain for the renovations of two duplexes: House of Dawn’s Transitional Housing Program facilities. The program serves young mothers ages 18-24 and their children, who need supportive housing assistance for up to two years as they work toward the goal of self-sufficiency. The renovation added a new bathroom to all four units, enabling House of Dawn to double the number of young mothers and children they serve, going from eight to 16.
HomeAid Atlanta is proud to support the work of House of Dawn and help young mothers like Deonna: “When I found I was pregnant at age 18, I was devastated. I was told to get an abortion. The school I was attending suggested I quit, so I graduated early. I came to House of Dawn when I was about four months pregnant. While at HOD, I enrolled myself in college; I had never imagined myself as a college student. HOD encouragement me with counseling, parenting classes, and helped me find resources to be a better person, and even better, an outstanding mother. If it wasn’t for HOD’s motivation I don’t know where I would be.”