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
Gwinnett Habitat is turning 30 years old this March! Over 30 years ago, a group of concerned citizens, led by Jan Kennedy, began to pray and research the possibility of starting a Habitat affiliate in Gwinnett County. A steering committee was formed in early 1988. We received our certificate of incorporation on March 17, 1988 and the very first board meeting was held the following week. In September, the Gwinnett affiliate was accepted as an official affiliate by Habitat for Humanity International. Our first home repair project followed in November and our first new home was completed in August of 1989. In those early years we were completely led by a group of compassionate volunteers. We have come a long way from those early years, but are still so grateful for the vision and dedication of those early leaders. Without them, we would not be able to celebrate the 135 families that have experienced the joy of homeownership and the 70 families that have been able to stay in their homes due to the support of our home preservation and repair program.
We have had a lot to celebrate over the last 30 years. Did you know…
- We moved into our current office space at Mountain Park UMC in 1992?
- We hired our first Executive Director, Walt Thompson, in May 1997?
- We completed our first Women Build in January 2001?
- We completed our 100th home in December 2009?
- We opened our ReStore in Lawrenceville in July 2010?
- We received the Malachi Award in 2013 for reaching the $500,000 lifetime tithe milestone?
- We started our home repair and preservation program in October 2104?
There is so much more to share with you in the months ahead. Plan now to join us at our 30th Anniversary Event on April 19th. More information to follow. Thank you for the part you have played in the amazing journey of our affiliate. You are a part of an incredible family in Gwinnett County that is building strength, stability and self-reliance for families through shelter. Thanks again for your support. 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)
Justin Bailey - WBO CPA Group
Radu Coliba - Lawrenceville First Baptist Church
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
Gwen Tatum - Gwinnett County School System