PRLog - Dec. 3, 2012 - ATLANTA -- ATLANTA, November 26, 2012 – Women working to overcome addictions will soon have a nice, safe office space where they can receive medical assistance provided by volunteer nurses at their transitional home, Gilgal, thanks to members of the local home building community and a group of former professional football players. On November 2, members of the Atlanta NFL Players Association former players chapter and the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (HBA) teamed up with HomeAid Atlanta for a HomeAid Cares Day to repair and rejuvenate a home, office building, and the grounds at Gilgal, a transitionally homeless program which helps women break their addictions, get back on their feet, and rebuild their lives. Gilgal’
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The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association was represented by volunteers and donations from Fortenberry Construction Services, ProBuild, Pace Drywall, Cooper Homes, Atlanta Roofing Supply Company, Sherwin Williams, Interceramic Tile, White Rock Drywall, Artistic Edge Tiling, Redmont Homes, About Sales, Inc., Calhoun Properties, Inc., and the National Association of Home Builders.
Atlanta NFL Players Association (NFLPA) former player members participating in the care day included Atlanta chapter president, Solomon Brannan (Kansas City Chiefs, 1964-67; Jets 67-68, Bengals 68-69, and Lions 69-71), Dextor Clinkscale (Dallas Cowboys, 1980-86), Brent Fullwood (Green Bay Packers, 1987-89), Horace King (Detroit Lions, 1975-84) and Bob Pickens (Chicago Bears, 1967-69).
“As former players in the NFL, we have been blessed and we want to be a part of the community that we live in. The only way to do that is to take part in many activities that we are able to help with. We hope that every family will have a nice home to live in and enjoy the holidays. For that reason, we will work with Home Aid Atlanta as long as we are welcome,” said Solomon Brannan, NFLPA chapter president.
Approximately 20 volunteers spent the day repairing a hole in the floor and subflooring in the soon-to-become volunteer nurse office, putting in new ceiling sheetrock, installing tile in the bathroom adjacent to the nurses’ office, replacing rotten fascia board around the office building and adding flashing, removing surface mold from a bathroom ceiling and painting the entire bathroom with mildew resistant paint, replacing broken tile in the home’s hallway, removing clutter from the grounds, cleaning out gutters, and beautifying the grounds.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to team up with HomeAid Atlanta and members of the Atlanta NFL Players Association to make a difference in the lives of the women at Gilgal,” said David Ellis, executive vice president of the Greater Atlanta HBA. “As members of the homebuilding industry, we know builders talents are being used well when we help those in transitionally homeless facilities. This project was a great way for our members to do just that.”
The HomeAid Cares Day project was part of Touchdown for Homes, a nationwide charitable outreach program of the National Association of Home Builders and the NFLPA that is bringing together local home builders’ associations and former NFL players to strengthen communities by building or renovating homes for people in need. This is the second year these two groups have worked together for this special project.
About the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association:
About HomeAid Atlanta: Founded in 2001, HomeAid Atlanta is a nonprofit organization working in partnership with the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, and is a local chapter of HomeAid America, a leading national provider of transitional housing for the temporarily homeless. The HomeAid mission is to build and maintain dignified housing where homeless families and individuals can rebuild their lives. HomeAid acts as the housing developer and liaison between homeless service providers, builders, trade partners and community donors and volunteers. To date, HomeAid Atlanta has completed 16 housing developments that serve the temporarily homeless, including victims of domestic violence, teen mothers, abused and abandoned children, and homeless families. Additionally, over 20 community service projects have been completed through our HomeAid Cares program, assisting ten local agencies with free repairs and upgrades valued at over $200,000 for their facilities that serve the homeless. For more information about HomeAid Atlanta, visit www.homeaidatlanta.org.
About Gilgal, Inc.: Gilgal is a residential program for homeless women with drug and/or alcohol addictions. Gilgal assists women in breaking the cycle of defeat that led them to addiction and replaces it with a cycle of victorious living through Christ. Addressing the whole person, Gilgal has programs that heal women spiritually, physically and emotionally. Services offered include: Bible Study; AA, CA, NA meetings; Relapse Prevention; Fitness Instruction;
About NAHB: The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 140,000 members involved in remodeling, home building, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. NAHB is affiliated with 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB's builder members will construct about 80 percent of the new housing units projected for this year.
About the NFLPA: The NFL Players Association is the exclusive collective bargaining agent for all players employed by clubs of the National Football League. Founded in 1956, the NFLPA works to ensure that the rights and interests of NFL players are protected. In addition, the NFLPA strives to be a valuable resource and to maximize player opportunities on and off the field through membership programs and community activities. www.NFLPlayers.com