A Note From the CEO of Habitat for Humanity

December 3, 2014
By Russell E. Hayes, Chief Executive Officer Habitat for Humanity, North Central Georgia

Habitat House 2014Dear Rev. Mickler,

I am writing to acknowledge your church’s recent gift of $40,000 (bringing its total gift to $80,000) to fund the construction of our ministry’s third home on Lyndee Lane in Woodstock. On behalf of our Board, staff, volunteers and –  most importantly, Peter Nyaga and his wife, Elizabeth Kimani, and their two children – please accept our heartfelt thanks and deepest gratitude.

This build was, of course, your church’s first sponsorship of a home with Habitat-North Central Georgia after a long history with what is now the  Northwest Metro Atlanta Habitat affiliate, and I hope that things went well enough that your volunteers will clamor to work with us again. I know that  there were a few bumps in the road as your leaders and volunteers were  challenged with working on their first two-story home (“I hate scaffolding” was apparently a common refrain), but our staff truly enjoyed working with your coordinators and volunteers. From what I heard at the home Dedication ceremony, I believe the feeling was mutual.

Please pass on our thanks to your congregation for its extraordinary support of a whole house sponsorship. I would be remiss, however, not to add my special thanks to your fundraising coordinator, Ashley O’Neil, and your construction leaders, Dennis Henkel, Andy Smith, and Lloyd Boone. They took on a huge task and handled it with efficiency, perseverance, and good spirits.Thank you, again. We sincerely appreciate your church’s commitment to our mission. “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.”


Russell E. Hayes, Chief Executive Officer

Habitat for Humanity, North Central Georgia

See pictures from this year’s Habitat Home construction and dedication »