A Whole New Rehab, Home Depot!

“We did a whole house!”  exclaimed Home Depot-Team Depot Captain and Senior Copywriter Karen Garcia during the celebration recognizing the work of 300 Home Depot volunteers who completed the renovation of a three-bedroom, brick-ranch house in the Orchard Knob community, just southeast of downtown Atlanta in October 2017. 

Over eight days in October 2017, Home Depot volunteers ripped off the roof, gutted the interior, and then commenced the rehab work that included installing a new roof, building a bedroom addition, landscaping, and everything in between to make this house new again.

“It’s all part of our expanded mission and our build-the-block strategy,” says Atlanta Habitat President/CEO Lisa Y. Gordon.  “Home Depot has built dozens of new homes with us through the years, and we are thrilled that they are on board as our first full sponsor of a total house renovation.”

As Atlanta’s largest nonprofit homebuilder, Atlanta Habitat is now going beyond the build to improve neighborhoods by purchasing dilapidated structures, renovating them to like-new conditions and then selling them to first-time Atlanta Habitat homebuyers. This level of neighborhood investment also includes helping longstanding homeowners—many of whom are neighbors to our Atlanta Habitat homeowners— to make critical home repairs.

With the investment from sponsors and volunteers like Home Depot, Atlanta Habitat is using existing neighborhood assets to help families, neighbors and the overall community to thrive.

At the celebration, Kevin Hoffman, chief marketing officer at The Home Depot, reminded his fellow volunteers, “This is what our company is about. One of our core values is giving back, doing the right thing and taking care of each other.  The people who move into this house could someday very well be a Home Depot associate.”

“It has been an incredible journey watching this house get done in eight days,” added Karen. For Atlanta Habitat and its commitment to empowering families and improving neighborhoods—it’s a journey worth watching.