January 2016 Newsletter

SmallOur First House

Thirty years ago, the newly formed Cobb County Habitat for Humanity (as we were known then) built our first house. Crys Street, the original organizer of our affiliate, told us some of the details.

Marietta High School students built the house frame on the high school campus. Under the supervision of the building construction teacher, the students came before and stayed after school to work on the project.

When finished, the Cobb County Habitat folks put the frame on a trailer and drove it to Polk Street. They finished the 1,060 sq. ft. building in two months.  The 1988 cost of this three bedrooms and 1.5 bath house?  $29,000.

Since then, we have built 366 more homes and rehabbed another 54, but it all started with that little house on Cole Street.

Celebrating 30 Years

This year, NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity celebrates its 30th anniversary. To mark this auspicious occasion, we are inviting you to an evening of swing music with Still Swinging: The Les Still Big Band. Join us for an amazing concert on May 14 at the Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square.

Still Swinging was founded in 1997 by Les Still, a native of Cobb County. Still has assembled a roster of the finest trumpet, trombone, saxophone and rhythm players in the metro area to create just the right blend. The final product is a unique sound that truly captures the essence of the swing era. Audiences invariably vow that they are in the presence of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey or Benny Goodman when they hear this authentic big band recreation of all the great old hits.

Calling for House Leaders and Crew Leaders

We are delighted to announce that 2016 is going to be a busy year. We have set a hallelujah goal of more than 20 houses. Even though we won't start building until mid February, our generous sponsors have already committed to support over half of these houses.

With this aggressive construction schedule, we need more House Leaders and Crew Leaders. A House Leader is the person with the overall responsibility for volunteer work on the build. A Crew Leader typically leads a group of 4-6 volunteers, teaching proper methods and techniques.

Training will be provided for these positions. Brett Thein, Vice President of Construction, is organizing classes right now. If you are interested, click here to sign up online and Brett will get in touch with you.

 

Bye-bye Bart

We are sad to bid farewell to our Rehab Manager and Chief Morale Officer, Bart Thein. Since joining us in 2009, Bart has worked tirelessly to build homes and bring smiles. We will miss his fun-loving ways and wish him well in his future endeavors.

Read about Bart's pranks...