17 Jan HomeAid Honors 2019 Award Winners
Members of Atlanta’s home building community gathered at the Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta on January 15 for the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA) and HomeAid Atlanta’s annual Installation and Awards Program. During the event, HomeAid announced its 2019 award winners in three categories: Volunteer of the Year, Builder of the Year, and Trade Partner of the Year. These winners gave selflessly of their time, resources, and expertise in 2019 in support of HomeAid’s mission.
Volunteer of the Year: Steven Sanders-Myers of Brightwater Homes
Sanders-Myers led four HomeAid Care Days in 2019, volunteering with fellow Brightwater Homes employees and members of Resonate Church Atlanta. Thanks to his participation, nearly $25,000 was saved for nonprofits providing housing and services for Atlanta’s homeless population. “I believe that all people are my neighbors and I strive to treat everyone that way,” said Sanders-Myers after a 2019 Care Day. “God has given me knowledge and abilities to build houses, and that is one of the most effective ways that I can help those in need.”
Builder of the Year: Ryan Swallow of South Haven Builders
Swallow led HomeAid’s interior renovation of an eight-unit apartment building at Roswell’s The Drake Village. His efforts will allow eight homeless single mothers and their children to have a safe place to rebuild their lives. Swallow said, “It’s one thing to help out for just a day, but to see this project come to fruition and see the first families move in really brought home to me the value of giving.”
Trade Partner of the Year: BrightView
BrightView donated over $20,000 worth of labor and materials to create a greenspace for the children at Rainbow Village as part of HomeAid’s April 2019 project at the Duluth facility for families experiencing homelessness. BrightView completed an additional $2,500 worth of work at a small home operated by nonprofit Jesus Set the Captive Free to house formerly incarcerated homeless veterans as they rebuild their lives.
HomeAid Atlanta, the designated charity of the GAHBA, is a nonprofit organization that works to “build new lives” for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. Learn more at www.homeaidatlanta.org.