In 2004, a group of volunteers enrolled in the North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Leadership program undertook the challenge to create an emergency housing facility for the growing numbers of homeless mothers with children in the north Fulton community. In the fall of 2004, volunteers from The Drake House identified a 16-unit apartment complex in Roswell that had fallen in to disrepair and was in need of extensive renovation. A year later, in a most visible form of true grassroot volunteerism and support for the organization, four independent north Fulton families pledged their personal financial resources so that The Drake House could begin renovations.
The Drake House partnered with HomeAid Atlanta for assistance with the construction. HomeAid Atlanta recruited O’Dwyer Homes to serve as Builder Captain for this project, leading and coordinating the renovation of the apartment complex. Dan O’Dwyer, O’Dwyer Homes president, valued completing the much-needed renovations, “I am proud to be a part of renovating the apartments to help families in need get the support and services needed to regain their self-sufficiency,” said O’Dwyer. O’Dwyer Homes has led a team of construction professionals, including 25 of his trade partners to complete the renovations and ensure that the facility is a safe, comfortable environment for the families who will enroll in The Drake House program.Project Donors