Homebuilders join with nonprofit HomeAid Atlanta to help local homeless organizations  

by John Yellig

Brightwater Homes at Zaban Paradies Center. Courtesy of HomeAid Atlanta.

Sandy Springs-based Brightwater Homes and Peachtree Corners-based Atlantis Granite and Marble teamed up with HomeAid Atlanta last month to help the Zaban Paradies Center for Homeless Couples prepare for year-round operation by renovating the facility’s kitchen, one of several recent volunteer efforts led by the building-industry nonprofit. 

Zaban Paradies, which has provided housing and support for homeless couples with dependent children for 36 years, has traditionally been open from October to April only. Brightwater Homes volunteers helped with the demolition of old kitchen cabinets, painting, new cabinet installation and more, while Atlantis donated and installed new kitchen countertops to finish the job. The renovation work completed on the Care Day saved Zaban Paradies more than $10,000, HomeAid said in a news release. 

Atlantis Granite & Marble countertop installation at Zaban Paradies Center. Courtesy of HomeAid Atlanta.

Also last month, HomeAid brought in volunteers from Roswell’s Northview Church to the Forsyth County Family Haven, where they completed painting tasks, floor repairs and more. The Family Haven provides temporary shelter, individual crisis support and referral services for victims of violence in Forsyth and North Fulton counties. The volunteer work and donations of paint from Sherwin-Williams saved the facility almost $6,000. 

Northview Church at Forsyth County Family Haven. Courtesy of HomeAid Atlanta.

The two volunteer days brought HomeAid’s Care Day tally to 11 for the year. Altogether, the Care Days have resulted in more than $60,000 worth of maintenance-related savings to local homelessness organizations. HomeAid has five more Care Days scheduled for the rest of the year. 

HomeAid also facilitated the distribution of 500 CareKits to Another Chance of Atlanta, which supports homeless veterans and their families.  

Rockhaven Homes employees held a drive to collect feminine hygiene products and other supplies for the CareKits and raised another $1,100 to purchase additional items. Volunteers from Stacey’s Place, which serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, assembled the kits. Thus far this year, HomeAid has packed and distributed 1,500 CareKits and has another 500 or more scheduled for the fall. 

CareKits delivery with Stacey’s Place at Another Chance of Atlanta. Courtesy of HomeAid Atlanta.

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