Saturday, November 3, 2012 was a record-breaker in terms of the number of dedications held by NW Metro Atlanta Habitat. The weather was terrific and the neighborhood sparkled thanks to their ace construction director, Robert Long, and his super crew, Bart Thein, Brett Thein and John Douglas.
Four houses on Gordon Manor Court in Mableton were dedicated that day: The dedication of Ms. Sewit Tesfagabir's house, sponsored by KeyBank, started at 10 a.m. KeyBank was represented by Kevin P. Murray, Senior Vice President, Real Estate Capital/Institutional Group. A small group attended the meaningful ceremony and enjoyed a full meal provided by Sewit and dessert furnished by Kevin and his family.
At 11 a.m. dedications of Mr. Abebe Mojo's and the Wilson Gala family houses began. These houses were sponsored by the Cobb Catholic Coalition member churches: Holy Family, St. Ann, St. Joseph, and Transfiguration churches of Marietta and St. Catherine of Sienna Church of Kennesaw, Georgia. They received assistance on the second house from day sponsor Manhattan Associates and from American Express through the efforts of employee and crew leader, Craig Thiman. The Catholic Coalition was represented by Randy Hinton who was standing-in for Mike Christian, coalition coordinator.
Fr. John Walsh from St. Joseph Catholic Church opened and closed the dedication with a prayer and blessed each house separately after the ceremony. There was an impressive selection of cakes and other refreshments for the reception provided by the parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena and the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus.
The dedication of the Odelus family's house, sponsored by Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church began at 1 p.m. Reverend Carey Akin, from Mt. Bethel, opened and closed the ceremony with a prayer and a house blessing at the end.
As a special gift the Odelus family received a beautiful handmade quilt from the Mt. Bethel Women's Circle. The children were each given brightly colored, handmade pillowcases. Mary Henkel, Mt. Bethel's Habitat Build Volunteer Coordinator presented a lovely spread of finger foods and a cake for the reception.
NW Metro Atlanta Habitat would like to thank to all the volunteers and sponsors for making affordable housing a reality for these four hard-working families!
NW Metro Atlanta Habitat is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to creating homeownership opportunities by building affordable houses in partnership with God's people in need. They make strides to end substandard housing by bulding homes in the tri-county service area of Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties for hard working, well-qualified, lower-income families.