Warrick Dunn Family Foundation Rewards Its 104th Single-Parent Family In Honor Of Independence Day
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Warrick Dunn Family Foundation
ATLANTA, GA (June 30, 2011) --- The Warrick Dunn Family Foundation (WD-FF), a public charity serving single-parent families in Atlanta, Ga., Baton Rouge, La., Tallahassee and Tampa, Fl., rewarded a single mother for achieving financial independence by becoming a first-time homebuyer through its Homes for the Holidays (HFTH) program on Thursday morning.
Shanetha Douglas and her four children were shocked to find Warrick Dunn at the end of their driveway to greet them as they pulled up to their newly built home. The Douglas family would soon find out that their four-bedroom, two-bathroom home was completely furnished with furniture from Aaron’s Inc. (NSE: AAN), the program’s corporate partner. In addition, The Imlay Foundation partnered with WD-FF to assist with a $5,000 down payment through a grant made to Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Douglas’ homebuilder and lender.
Warrick Dunn, former NFL running back and current Atlanta Falcons Limited Partner, started HFTH in 1997 during his rookie season in the NFL to honor his late mother’s dream of homeownership. Betty Smothers, a Baton Rouge police officer, was killed while working an after-hours security shift when Dunn was an 18-year old high school senior.
Douglas, an Atlanta native, has proven herself determined to achieve the American Dream of home ownership. Douglas has proven that she is determined to give her family a safe and stable home, completing over 250 sweat equity hours as a family.
“It’s been five years in the making that I’ve planned to give my kids a dream that we’ve been looking forward to for a long time. This home is going to make us a closer unit,” said Douglas when Dunn asked her how becoming a homeowner is going to affect her family.
Sponsors across the Atlanta area invested in the future of this family by providing home décor and resources. Toshiba Business Solutions sponsored the family’s home office, which Douglas’ oldest son will benefit from as he starts college in the fall. The children’s room décor was provided by CSX and Dunn’s three-year-old nephew, Cayden Edwards, who raised the funds at his birthday this year. As the food pantry host, Soiree Southern Comfort Cuisine fully stocked the kitchen and pantry, while the Kennedy Family provided laundry and lawn supplies. DataScan Technologies sponsored the home’s bathrooms, providing linens and towels in the family’s favorite colors.
To date WD-FF and its sponsors have rewarded 104 single parents and 278 children in Atlanta, Ga., Baton Rouge, La., and Tallahassee and Tampa, Fla..for achieving the American Dream of purchasing their first home.
Warrick Dunn Charities, Inc. d.b.a. The Warrick Dunn Family Foundation is dedicated to providing opportunities for economically disadvantaged single parents and children who have demonstrated a commitment to achieve financial independence and stability. The Foundation’s Homes for the Holidays program has rewarded 104 single parents and 278 children and dependents who have reached the American Dream of first-time homeownership in Atlanta, Ga., Baton Rouge, La., Tallahassee and Tampa, Fla., since 1997.
For more information, visit www.wd-ff.org.
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