"My financial situation took a deep spiral downward and I just could not keep up with anything. I felt so depressed; like I had failed my children, but when I saw the HomeAid Atlanta-built Glenhill home, my spirits were lifted. The home was beautiful. Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) offered counseling, financial classes, group support, home necessities and clothing, if needed. This program is for those individuals that really want and need a second chance to make it. Since being at DCM, I feel a rebirth. My children are so happy now and I must say it's because their mother is happy too. My plans for the future include homeownership and living a debt-free life. I too will return this year to assist in any way I can to help someone get back on their feet, too. "
"I thank you for providing a place where we could rest and be safe, and do what we needed in order to get back on our own. Thank you for teaching me it's not sel?sh to take care of myself, so now I can take better care of my kids. Thank you for giving me time to gather the courage to look at the things that are scary. Thank you for your consistency and your flexibility. Thank you for making me look at options I didn't want to see, because that turned out to be the best thing for my family. Thank you for being here when I needed you."
"The mission of The Drake House is to provide emergency residential housing for homeless mothers with minor children combined with services designed to stabilize the family and assist them on their path to recovery. We accomplish that mission today because HomeAid Atlanta had faith and confidence in our vision. With Dan O'Dwyer of O'Dwyer Homes serving as the HomeAid Atlanta Builder Captain, the needed work was accomplished. The results were astounding. Through HomeAid Atlanta and O'Dwyer Homes, more than 60 percent of the materials and labor for the project were donated. This incredible savings in financial resources combined with efficient, professional workmanship launched The Drake House into business with first class facilities and greatly reduced debt. We have a good program. But, we can only operate that program because HomeAid Atlanta provided much needed support and assistance to ensure the quality housing that these homeless families desperately need."
"Decatur Cooperative Ministry has a transitional housing program that houses families in eight homes throughout DeKalb County. Several years ago, two of the older houses used by the program were in need of renovations and repairs. HomeAid Atlanta and its partners upgraded the houses, made them more energy efficient, and renovated the space to be much more functional and family-friendly. Since then, six families have lived in these houses and taken their first steps to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency."
Regarding a service project conducted at HomeStretch by a group of seniors at Blessed Trinity High School through HomeAid Atlanta: "Performing service for others is an important part of our mission here at Blessed Trinity High School. Located in Roswell, we were looking for a way to reach out to our own local community to help those in need. With over 200 students in our senior class, we were able to accomplish much during this day of service. Students teamed together to work throughout multiple complexes performing landscaping, painting, pressure washing, cleaning, and demolishing old units. At the end of the day, they were able to see the results of their efforts and appreciated that they had truly made a difference in the lives of others."