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June 12, 2018

HomeAid Assists Wilderness Works City Camp

Small renovation at inner-city camp makes big impact for at-risk girls

Before_and_After_25HomeAid Atlanta has completed a Care Project for Wilderness Works, which provides year-round enrichment, experiential education, and character development programs for at-risk inner-city children including opportunities to enjoy time away at camp.  HomeAid volunteer Builder Captain Steven Sanders-Meyers led the much-needed small renovation project at Wilderness Works City Camp.  The City Camp program operates in a historic church on Memorial Drive in Atlanta, and roof leaks prevented expansion of space for additional participation in the overnight camp. 

Sanders-Myers previously worked with HomeAid Atlanta at a Care Day, HomeAid’s “done-in-a-day” volunteer-powered workdays, with his company Brightwater Homes. He sought HomeAid’s assistance in finding a larger project to tackle with a group of fellow construction professionals from his church, Resonate Church Atlanta. The crew made quick work of repairing and expanding two girls’ bunkrooms, tearing down walls and connecting them to space that was previously unusable due to roof leaks. Once repairs were made, thanks in part to materials donated by Carolina Lumber and Strathmore Floors, the crew assembled additional bunk beds, adding space for eight more girls to participate in City Camp.

The Care Project was completed over the course of six Saturdays in April and May, and saved Wilderness Works approximately 80% on construction costs.

“HomeAid is fortunate to have such amazing donors and volunteers who are always looking for new opportunities to do more to build new lives,” said HomeAid Executive Director, Mandy Crater. “We truly appreciate the generous donations from Carolina Lumber and Strathmore Floors, and Steven’s willingness to provide his expert skills and leadership free of charge for this important project.  Because of his and his team’s hard work, eight more at-risk girls will be able to participate in City Camp this summer.”

HomeAid Atlanta, founded in 2001, is a nonprofit organization that builds new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach. HomeAid works in partnership with the building industry, as well as community organizations, to assist people experiencing homelessness. To date, HomeAid Atlanta has completed over 100 housing, remodel and care day projects at locations serving victims of domestic violence, teen mothers, veterans and more. HomeAid is the designated charity of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. Learn more at www.homeaidatlanta.org.                                           


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