HomeAid Atlanta has partnered with Atlanta Mission’s Fuqua Hall to renovate the kitchen at their home serving homeless men on their way to independent living. Fuqua Hall offers affordable, transitional housing for men who have completed Atlanta Mission Shelter or Recovery Programs. HomeAid builds and maintains what they call dignified housing for transitionally homeless.
In February 2012, Ivan Rouse, Atlanta Mission’s Manager of Volunteer Services, contacted HomeAid to inquire about partnering with Atlanta Mission for the kitchen renovation. This is the second project the two groups have partnered together to complete. In 2004, HomeAid Atlanta and Builder Captain John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods built Atlanta Mission’s Second Mile Home in College Park, an 11-unit, 48-bed home for homeless women and children.
Rouse reported that the kitchen at Fuqua Hall was in desperate need of renovation. The cabinets were old and falling apart. There was not enough storage for dry goods and the refrigerators were overstocked. Though most of the men eat their meals at the cafeteria next door to the apartment building, there was no range in the kitchen for men to occasionally cook their own meals. Some would cook outside on a grill or on a hotplate.
Additionally, Fuqua Hall leaders thought that offering cooking lessons for the men would be a great service, but they had no range to do so. Overall, the kitchen needed a lot of work, including new cabinets, countertops, backsplash, flooring, and the addition of ventilation for a new range hood. Accompanying appliances include a new range, dishwasher, garbage disposal, refrigerators, and freezers.
HomeAid Builder Captains for this project are Dan Mattox of Builders II and Carl Riden of Redmont Homes. Both men have volunteered their time to assist with the upgrade. This project would not have been possible without the donations and efforts of the project leaders and HomeAid trade partners including GE Appliances, Founders Kitchen & Bath, Construction Resources/Atlanta Marble Mfg. Inc., Interceramic Tile & Stone Gallery, Ai Group, and McCart Plumbing, as well as Fuqua Hall donors.
Upon completion of the project in mid-January 2013, Fuqua Hall’s residents will have a safe, clean, and energy-efficient kitchen. Individuals coming out of homelessness are often overcoming tragic losses, difficult circumstances or destructive lifestyles.