St. Paul’s Atlanta Collaborates with HouseProud Atlanta: 2016-2017
The Episcopal Charities Foundation will fund a $15,000 partnership between St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Atlanta and HouseProud Atlanta to provide moderate and minor home repairs for homes in the area surrounding St. Paul’s, Atlanta. Using the successful model provided by HouseProud, vestry member Corby Hannah said that “we are excited to be able to contribute to the quality of life for seniors in our surrounding neighborhoods of Southwest Atlanta, and we look forward to working with our partner HouseProud to help keep our seniors ‘warm, safe, and dry.’”
The St. Paul’s Episcopal Churchmen will work with HouseProud to determine homeowners in their immediate area who meet criteria for the program and will receive repairs such as roof repair, plumbing, minor electrical, floor reinforcement, and wheelchair ramps. HouseProud is able to provide these no-cost repairs to low-income senior homeowners by working closely with contractors to ensure the homeowners receive the highest quality repairs, and by utilizing volunteers, which provides a significant opportunity for the parishioners of St. Paul’s, Atlanta to get involved by directly serving their neighbors. Lisa Jones, Executive Director for HouseProud Atlanta, is honored by the partnership, saying that “we truly believe in the power of collaboration and have seen how sharing resources helps us all to accomplish more with less!”
The Right Rev. Robert C. Wright commended St. Paul’s, Atlanta for this effort. “We are proud of St. Paul’s for their desire to make a difference in their local neighborhood; by taking up this leadership role in their community, St. Paul’s, Atlanta is truly demonstrating what it means to love like Jesus and care for our neighbors.”
The Matthew Project: 2013-2015
Conceived as a partnership between Episcopal Charities Foundation and Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center in 2013-2015, The Matthew Project enabled the construction of a new building for the Center utilizing volunteer resources from across the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.
ECF funded a Volunteer Coordinator who informed, engaged, and scheduled parishes and parishioners across the Diocese to go to Jasper, GA to help build the new Good Samaritan center. “Mission trips” began in 2014, and the next twelve months were filled with joyful successes and the construction of Building One in the Spring 2015. Over 500 construction hours were donated by eleven groups of volunteers, including 115 volunteers from seven parishes – St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church (Milton), St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church (Marietta), Church of the Epiphany (Atlanta), St. Francis Episcopal Church (Macon), Church of the Holy Family (Jasper), Holy Trinity Parish (Decatur), and St. James’ Episcopal Church (Marietta).
Building One was dedicated and named in honor of Dr. Joseph A. Wilber who helped establish Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center and “dedicated his heart and mind and soul to the care of others.”
Videos of the three-year project were created by Ron Floethe; we are grateful for his storytelling!