HomeAid Reaches Out to Atlanta’s Homeless
37 HomeAid volunteers sorted approximately 200,000 donated “essential” baby items as part of the 2018 Essentials Drive on May 10

Since 2001, HomeAid Atlanta, the designated charity of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association has been building new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. HomeAid has had a busy and record-breaking spring with several outreach projects that made a huge impact in helping Atlanta’s homeless population.

HomeAid Atlanta’s Essentials Drive (April 30 –May 8, 2018) is an annual drive to collect “essential” baby items: diapers, wipes, formula and food, for Atlanta’s homeless babies and their families. This year’s Essentials Drive garnered approximately 200,000 items with a value of almost $35,000, making the 2018 drive the biggest in HomeAid Atlanta’s history. Through the Essentials Drive, which began in 2002, HomeAid has distributed more than 1.2 million baby items in partnership with Atlanta’s generous home building industry and the greater community.

On March 23, HomeAid Atlanta held its first Care Day of 2018 at Solomon’s Temple in southwest Atlanta. HomeAid Care Days are “done in a day” workdays providing free-of-charge maintenance and repairs for nonprofit organizations serving people experiencing homelessness in Atlanta. Volunteers from Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta, Kennesaw State University National Association of Home Builders Student Chapter, and Georgia Gwinnett College completed landscaping and gardening tasks at Solomon’s Temple, which provides housing to homeless women and children as they rebuild their lives. The Care Day generated a savings of $3,000 for Solomon’s Temple.

On April 20, HomeAid Atlanta partnered with the Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia’s (MBAG) Atlanta Chapter for a HomeAid Care Day at Direction House. Volunteers completed much needed landscaping tasks and general clean-up. The event provided a savings of $4,500 for Direction House, which is a transitional housing program for homeless male veterans as they work to overcome addiction issues.

On Wednesday, June 6, HomeAid partnered with FOX Sports South and FOX Sports International for a Care Day as part of FOX’s 21 Century Fox Impact Week. Volunteers made