Habitat for Humanity of North Central Georgia held the dedication ceremony of two homes in Woodstock for the Croft and Williams families on Nov. 9.
During the construction process, both families underwent amazing positive transformations, Habitat officials said in a statement. “Through community involvement, empowerment, good old sweat equity and elbow grease, these two special families finally have a safe and secure place to call home,” Habitat officials said.
Construction on the houses began in June and were completed earlier this month. Each of these families came to Habitat-NCG with their own specific needs which were not attainable prior to being approved for Habitat home ownership.
In her early 20s Shayla Croft was involved in a serious auto accident, suffering life-threatening and life-changing bodily injuries which have required her to use a wheelchair to get around, Habitat officials said. Her beautifully constructed Habitat home is completely wheelchair accessible.
The home has numerous modifications that aid Croft in her daily activities from the carport access to the kitchen, laundry room and bathroom cabinet adjustments. Croft will now be able to live completely independently, Habitat officials said.
For the Williams family of five, home ownership means affordable housing and a wholesome and nurturing environment where their family can grow and prosper, Habitat leaders said in a statement. “They are excited to now be a part of a community of five Habitat families who not only built for one another and attended educational workshops together, but also provided support and encouragement through the process,” the organization said.
They each bring a diverse story, but they all have experienced the need for affordable, safe, accessible, and stable housing.
Neither of these home builds would have been possible without community partners who provided money and volunteer labor during home construction, Habitat officials said.
Sponsors on the two Woodstock houses include: Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, Cherokee County Community Development, Hillside United Methodist Church, Joe E. Johnston Foundation, Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church, North Georgia Housing & Homeless Council, Northbrook United Methodist Church, Roswell Presbyterian Church, Saint Brigid Catholic Church, Saint David’s Episcopal Church, Saint Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, and Thrivent Financial.
Additionally, an army of regular individual volunteers assisted in the building process, giving their time and talents to create this budding community for the families.
Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia, Inc. is a non-profit, Christian housing ministry that builds affordable housing for purchase by low-to moderate-income families who demonstrate a capacity for responsible home ownership.
Since its inception in 1995, Habitat-NCG has built or rehabbed over 315 homes in North Fulton, Cherokee and Forsyth/Dawson counties.
Partner families are required to attend educational classes related to home ownership and perform 200 sweat equity hours; they earn between 30% and 60% of the Atlanta area median income and purchase their homes through a 30-year, no-interest loan financed by Habitat-NCG.
In 2014, Habitat-NCG started a home repair program targeted primarily at veterans and seniors. To date, 70 repair projects have been completed, bringing the total number of persons served by the ministry to over 1,500.