Presented by the Atlanta Sales and Marketing Council, the OBIE Awards are the premier awards given in the Atlanta new home construction industry. HomeAid Atlanta was honored to win a Silver Award in the category of Best Community Service Project for its major construction project at Rainbow Village.
HomeAid recruited builder captain Mike Smith of Harcrest Homes to construct an apartment building at Rainbow Village, a transformational housing community for homeless families with children in Duluth. Most of the heads of households at Rainbow Village are women fleeing lives of domestic violence and poverty. Rainbow Village provides long
term programming for its residents that includes support services for the whole family including life skills training, character building, counseling, career development, after-school programs, and financial education.
The new three-story, six-unit building adds approximately 36 beds to Rainbow Village’s campus. Each apartment includes three bedrooms, kitchen, living room, and two bathrooms. The new building allows Rainbow Village to expand its transitional housing capacity, increasing its service to the community.
In addition to Harcrest Homes, HomeAid Atlanta secured in-kind donations of high quality materials and financial gifts from over 50 contributing companies and individuals, including many members of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. The combined value of these donations provided Rainbow Village a savings of $225,000 on construction costs. Rainbow Village uses these savings to directly serve program participants.
HomeAid Atlanta Executive Director Mandy Crater, who was on hand to accept the award remarked, “Our mission to build new lives, is truly rewarding in and of itself. We are truly honored to be recognized for the work we do to provide new homes for families to rebuild their lives.”
HomeAid Atlanta, founded in 2001, is a nonprofit organization that builds new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. HomeAid works in partnership with the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, as well as community building industry organizations, to assist the temporarily homeless. To date,
HomeAid Atlanta has completed 53 housing, remodel and care day projects at locations that serve victims of domestic violence, teen mothers, abused and abandoned children, and more. Learn more at www.homeaidatlanta.org.