Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity works to build homes and hope in Clayton, Henry, and Fayette Counties. We help low-income families through homeowner education, building attractive, affordable homes and repairing owner-occupied homes. Below are just a few stories of lives impacted by our organization. See how Southern Crescent Habitat is restoring hope in our community.
Juwarn Gray: Juwarn lives in College Park, GA and received a Habitat home in 2003. At the time, three of her children were still living at home (Mary, Marcus and Mariam). Juwarn was required to complete Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey and a 4 hour home maintenance class. In addition, she was required to complete 250 hours of sweat equity. Much of Juwarn’s sweat equity was completed by helping other Habitat families who would be living in her neighborhood, build their homes.
Prior to receiving a Habitat home, Juwarn and her children were living in rental homes that had various issues and were a cost burden. Juwarn waited patiently and worked very hard to provide a home for herself and her children. When reflecting back on her experience with Habitat she said “I know it was nothing but God.” She said that her life was steady and her children loved the neighborhood growing up.
Over the years, Juwarn has been able to create great friendships with her Habitat neighbors and said that they are always looking out for each other and meeting together in prayer. Juwarn currently works at a nonprofit called Christian City and has her own business called J and J Creations. Her daughter, Miriam recently graduated law school at North Carolina Central and her daughter, Mary is attending Georgia Southern University to become a doctor.
Walter Prayor: Walter is an 81-year-old man who lives in Fayetteville, GA. He was referred to us by Fayette Senior Services with a great need for an indoor bathroom. He had been using an outhouse his entire life in his small one bedroom home that he helped his uncle and father build. Through the support of the community, we were able to raise $30,000 to install a bathroom in his home, and do some kitchen and exterior repairs. His quality of life has greatly improved and he is now able to age in place in the home he loves so dearly. Walter is one of the kindest, most genuine and thankful Habitat families we have had come into our program.
Martina Simmons: Martina and her three children live in Ellenwood, GA. She works for the City of Atlanta and is currently attending graduate school. Martina came to us with a number of safety issues in her home. Her children’s bathroom was unfinished and was not usable. In addition, she was having mold issues in her kitchen and her roof and gutters desperately needed to be replaced. Through the help of a grant, we were able to do these critical repairs on her home in order to make it a safe and healthy environment for her and her children.
Martina talks about when volunteers and staff were at her home she says “The day that they came out and were doing work, I was just in tears…” Before Martina was accepted into our home repair program she was planning on moving, but now she never wants to move and has a new love for her first home. Martina is now a SCHFH board member and is committed to helping others in the community.