A Longtime Prayer Answered for New Homebuyer

Rose S. knew the house she wanted to buy from Atlanta Habitat long before she attended the first-time homebuyer orientation session. She had driven by the depilated, brick ranch-styled house a few times in the Lakewood neighborhood and saw its potential. She prayed that it would be hers one day. 


What she didn’t know is that Atlanta Habitat bought the house a couple of years ago as part of its build-the-block strategy to improve neighborhoods.


Rose was elated and believed it was God answering her prayers. “God gives you what you need when you need it. It’s what I asked for and God gave it to me through the help of Atlanta Habitat,” says Rose, who adds that she could not have done all the renovation work without the help of Atlanta Habitat volunteers.


She credits house-sponsor volunteers from the Hyatt Regency, Legacy Ventures, Loews Atlanta Hotel, PepsiCo and The Westin Peachtree Plaza with helping to rehab the three-bedroom, two-bath house to like-new condition. The rehab work includes granite countertops in the kitchen, refinished hardwood floors, updated bathrooms, a detached garage and landscaped lawn. 


“I have two grandchildren who now have a safe place to play in my big backyard. I don’t have to worry about something happening to them, and I can see them from the window inside my kitchen,” says Rose through her tears. “Atlanta Habitat has blessed my family and changed our lives; I’m so grateful.”


Rose is a new homeowner and pays an affordable zero-interest mortgage to Atlanta. 


In addition to building new affordable houses with the help of volunteers, Atlanta Habitat, as part of its expanded mission to revitalize neighborhoods, buys blighted properties in neighborhoods where it builds, rehabs them and then sells them to first-time homebuyers, like Rose. The nonprofit homebuilder also partners with established homeowners such as seniors and military veterans in targeted Atlanta and South Fulton neighborhoods to make critical repairs, so their homes are safe, dry and accessible.