PWB Joins HomeAid for Care Day at Jerusalem House

On September 20, HomeAid Atlanta hosted a Care Day at Jerusalem House, a nonprofit facility that provides permanent supportive housing for low-income and homeless individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS. More than 50 volunteers helped with the project, including a group from the GAHBA’s Professional Women in Building Council (PWB). Other organizations that participated in the Care Day included BankSouth Mortgage, CBRE, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

HomeAid Care Days provide free-of-charge maintenance and repairs for nonprofit facilities serving Atlanta’s homeless population. For the Care Day at Jerusalem House, the group tackled several projects, including repairing a brick retaining wall, painting exterior furniture, planting flowers,
adding mulch and pine straw around the facility, putting down rubber mulch in playground area, and cleaning up debris.

Volunteer Joy Dyess of BankSouth Mortgage said, “Our BankSouth Mortgage team really enjoyed our HomeAid Care Day experience. The most moving part of our day was hearing from a current resident about how the services provided by Jerusalem House had positively impacted her life as well as the lives of her grandchildren. Hearing about her experience and the amazing things she’d overcome was inspiring and meaningful. We were happy to help support the important work done by Jerusalem House. Thank you for this opportunity!”

Meridian Brick and Masonry Supply generously donated cement blocks, bricks, and mortar for repairs to the retaining wall. These donations and the work of volunteers provided a savings of about $12,000 for Jerusalem House. Instead of facility maintenance, Jerusalem House can now utilize these funds to focus on providing shelter and other services for their residents.

“Jerusalem House is extremely appreciative to the HomeAid volunteers from CBRE, Wells Fargo, BankSouth, and Professional Women in Building for their efforts in helping to beautify the environment at our Family Program,” said Charlie Frew, Executive Director of Jerusalem House.