Who We Are
Habitat helps families break the cycle of poverty and build long-term financial sustainability. In Gwinnett County, the need for decent and affordable housing has risen dramatically in the three decades since Gwinnett Habitat began in 1988. We also continue to see strong growth in diverse populations living and working in Gwinnett.
Gwinnett Habitat’s goal is to build adequate and affordable housing for low income families in need. In addition, our home repair program, A Brush With Kindness, makes repairs to preserve existing affordable housing. We are committed to being a key solution for as long as it takes, so children and families no longer have to live in unsafe or sub-standard conditions.
Our partnership with the business and church community has enabled Gwinnett Habitat to build or rehab 133 affordable homes and counting. This is a clear demonstration of how Habitat is putting God’s love into action, working to eliminate poverty housing, and improving the lives of low income families and children in Gwinnett County by providing for a brighter future.
Meet Our Staff
A world in which everyone has a decent place to live.
Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated organizations will not proselytize. Nor will HFH work with entities or individuals who insist on proselytizing as part of their work with HFH. This means that HFH will not offer assistance on the expressed or implied condition that people must adhere to, or convert to a particular faith, or listen and respond to messaging designed to induce conversion to a particular faith.
Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
A Message From Our Executive Director
The weather was great, the food was tasty, the attendance was awesome and the event was an outstanding way to mark our 30th anniversary. On April 19th, over 200 people attended our 30th Anniversary Celebration at our current construction worksite in Duluth. Some of the highlights included a Gwinnett County proclamation declaring April 19th as Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity Day, comments by two Mayors and our founder Jan Kennedy, special awards presented to groups that have sponsored 6 or more homes, and the touching stories shared by our three homeowners Van, NyShawn and Leanne.
One special gift shared with all our guests was our 30th Anniversary Memory Book. I am so excited about this memory book because for the first time ever, the entire history of Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity is at our fingertips. It is full of memories, milestones, pictures, stories and more that clearly illustrate our impact on our community over the last 30 years. If you did not attend our event, we would love for you to stop by our office and pick up a copy. This book is not only a great keepsake, it is truly priceless.
One important announcement shared at the event was the official launch of our Better Homes, Brighter Futures campaign. The best way to honor our past accomplishments is to plan for the future. Therefore, recognizing the critical need for affordable housing and home repairs, we are committed to doubling the number of families helped in the next three years. This will require the creation of a land bank, increased office space and staff, the addition of a neighborhood revitalization program, and the establishment of an endowment. More information to follow soon.
I want to thank our Host Committee, Planning Committee, Board, staff and all the volunteers that help to make our 30th Anniversary Celebration Event a big success! I hope you are proud of our last 30 years and look forward to our next 30 years! God bless.
Board of Directors
President : Don Goldsmith (Thrivent Financial)
Vice President : Tom Condon (AT&T)
Treasurer : Trent Cloer (Moore Stephens Tiller LLC)
Secretary : Larry Russell (Cisco)
Radu Coliba - Lawrenceville First Baptist Church
Kara Dutton - Gwinnett County School System
David Freeman - ReMax
CJ Graves - First Citizens Bank
Lena Harris - Habitat Homeowner
Asif Jessani - Complete Computer Solitions
Rep. Pedro Marin - GA State Representative
Andy Morgan - The Morgan Law Group
Leanne Parks - Habitat Homeowner
Ed Ringer - Connectivity Wireless