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Top Accomplishments of 2014

Milestones

  • Worked with the board, campaign cabinet, donors and our consultants to reach the $12 million goal for our capital campaign, It Starts At Home.
  • Moved into our new Headquarters and Family Support Center as well as our ReStore and held a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening, respectively.     
  • Retained the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the seventh year in a row. This rating reflects our commitment to sound fiscal management.
  • Completed our build-out of The Avery Subdivision, a partnership project in Jonesboro with the Southern Crescent affiliate.  Now it is home to 47 families, of which 16 families are part of the Atlanta Habitat program.
  • Began Phase II of the El Salvador Project – Los Buenos Community with a commitment to support 14 additional new houses and 10 renovations.  (Phase I included 40 new houses.)  
  • Completed the 2008–2014 Strategic Plan as the blueprint governing our organization’s work. Board and staff worked together to reach a successful conclusion.
Finance

  • Successfully received and processed our final loan transfer from SunTrust Bank for full compliance with the New Markets Tax Credit Program.
  • At year’s end, serviced more than 1,030 loan packages, ensuring that all of the property taxes, sanitation fees, property insurance, and termite bonds were paid by the Atlanta Habitat families.
Homeownership

  • Approved 73 new families with 42% of these approved applicants coming from outreach efforts.   
  • Provided 106 HomeSmart classes to approximately 200 homeowner families. 
  • Distributed 53 new laptop computers to homeowners through the technology program, bringing the total number of computers distributed through this program to 588.
Legal

  • Forty families completed their sweat-equity and education classes and purchased their home following their required occupancy lease year.   
  • Fourteen families paid off their mortgages in 2014, six of whom paid them off in a special ceremony on December 30.

  • Administered down payment assistance grants for new homeowners – Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) grants totaling $335,000. 
Resources

  • Raised $1.3 million from cash donations; secured in-kind donations worth more than $340,000; and raised more than $3 million in house sponsorship revenue.
  • Partnered with 188 unique sponsor groups to support the construction build schedule.
  • Celebrated Clark Howard’s initial house builds in the newly acquired (and renamed) subdivision, Howard Point.  All homes were built on Clark Howard Lane!  
  • Engaged almost 13,000 volunteers in our construction, warehouse, Family Services, ReStore, and office operations.  Additionally, 2013-2014 service corps members contributed nearly 12,750 hours.
Communications

 Surpassed all of our social media goals: 
  • 5,191 Facebook fans 
  • 1,000 Twitter followers 
  • 515 Instagram followers 
  • Over 3,000 YouTube views
  • 703 LinkedIn followers
  • 108,988 Website visits (a 26% increase over 2013)

ReStore

  • Construction/Operations
  • Constructed 40 new houses, rehabbed 4 Habitat II’s, and oversaw 10 Brush with Kindness projects.
  • Acquired 30 lots; oversaw demolition of 22 structures; and created two new house designs.
  • Continued implementation of our safety policy and plan, offering a safety video on proper usage of power tools.   
  • Posted a year-end net surplus in excess of $488,000, exceeding our goal for 2014. 
  • Diverted hundreds of tons of materials from the landfill in 2014, bringing the total amount to more than 7,655 tons since the ReStore opened in 2001.
  • Supported the creation of a newly designed store mezzanine, reducing the need for storage trailers for overflow inventory, creating efficiency, and resulting in significant cost savings. 
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