HomeAid Atlanta Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony at Rainbow Village

Mike Smith of Harcrest Homes, Builder Captain
Mike Smith of Harcrest Homes, Builder Captain
DULUTH, Ga. - Jan. 30, 2014 - PRLog -- HomeAid Atlanta and Rainbow Village supporters were in high spirits at the groundbreaking event on December 5, 2013.  HomeAid board president, Sandy Andrew, led the ceremony.  Speakers included volunteer project builder captain, Mike Smith of Harcrest Homes, Rainbow Village board member and City of Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris, Maureen, a graduate of Rainbow Village, and Dr. John Smith of Rainbow Village blessed the project.  Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate this momentous occasion.

HomeAid is proud and excited to begin construction on the new six-unit apartment building to house families experiencing transitional homelessness at Rainbow Village! The project cost estimate is $475,000.  Through support from the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s members and other companies in the community, HomeAid aims to contribute at least $200,000 in donations of in-kind materials and labor in order to help Rainbow Village put their savings back into their direct client service programs.  The building will provide 36+ beds and is an important part of Rainbow Village's "village".

Because of support from sponsors and donors, HomeAid has the opportunity to complete this project which will serve countless families in need in the years to come, ultimately building a stronger and more stable community.  HomeAid sends an enormous thank you to builder captain, Mike Smith, and all the companies that have already made commitments to support this project: Advantage Security; Advanced Iron Works, Inc.; Atlanta Glass & Mirror; Atlanta Roofing Supply; Argos; Boral Building Products; Delta Faucet; Founders Kitchen & Bath; GE Appliances; Harcrest Homes; IES Residential; JamesHardie; McCart Plumbing; Northwest Exterminating; O’Dwyer Homes; Parksite; PlyGem Windows; ProBuild (top contributor); The Providence Group; Pulley & Associates, Inc.; Reliance Heating & Air Co.; Robert Bowden, Inc.; Ryland Homes; Sherwin-Williams; Schlage; White Rock Drywall; and Woodman Insulation.  Please visit HomeAid Atlanta’s Facebook page to view photos from the event at www.facebook.com/homeaidatlanta.

Want more information or would you like to make a donation toward this project?  Contact Jean Hilyard at homeaid@atlantahomebuilders.com or 678.775.1401.

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.  HomeAid builds new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach.  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 Rainbow Village: Rainbow Village is a transformational housing community for homeless families with children. Most of the heads of households at Rainbow Village are women fleeing lives of domestic violence and poverty. They are not just seeking a safe place to live but also the opportunity to craft a new life for themselves and their children. Rainbow Village has set in motion a true "village" model where homeless families can find refuge, recover, and learn to rebuild their lives with the support of a community-based family surrounding them. Rainbow Village doesn't just provide a quick fix in times of crisis but offers a long-term program that includes support services for the whole family including life skills training, character building, counseling, career development, after-school programs, financial education, and more. The goal is to break the cycles of homelessness, poverty and domestic violence by teaching adults and children to believe in themselves again, to chart a new course, and to work a plan that enables them to once again be self-sufficient.

About Harcrest Homes: Harcrest Homes has been awarded over 90 prestigious awards including the coveted America’s Best Builder from the National Association of Home Builders and Builder Magazine. In 2000, Harcrest Homes received the Lee Evans Award for Business Management Excellence. In 2007, they received the Customer Satisfaction Award from the Certified Professional Home Builder. Harcrest Homes is a member of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and a Certified Professional Home Builder. Harcrest Homes has assisted on several HomeAid Atlanta projects.

Jean Hilyard

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