HABITAT FOR HUMANITY-PICKENS COUNTY, INC.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Habitat for Humanity-Pickens County (HFH-PC) technically became an official HFH affiliate in the mid-1980’s as part of the original North Central Georgia HFH (NCG-HFH). NOTE: that name is now used by another combo affiliate. That original charter serviced Gilmer, Fannin, and Pickens Counties, GA. They built 2 houses in Gilmer county and then became dormant. The affiliate was re-energized to some extent in the early 1990’s and built another house in Fannin County, completed in 1999 or 2000, but once again it was becoming dormant. It was again re-energized by 3 or 4 new volunteers in late 2000. The principal “movers and shakers” for this rebirth were Sharon Bush, Stan Barnett, Kay Paterson (now Lawrence) and Ellie Simon.
North Central Ga. HFH held an open house at the Pickens County Chamber Building in October 2001. The purpose of this meeting was to generate more local interest and support for HFH. This meeting marked the real beginning of our current affiliate. We publicized HFH in a big way, recruited volunteers, asked for donations, and promised to build a house in Pickens county as soon as we could make it happen.
Prompted by the overwhelming community support shown at the October 2001 meeting at the Pickens Chamber, the NCG-HFHBoard of Directors (at their December 2001 meeting) voted unanimously to split NCG-HFH into a “Pickens County Affiliate” and a separate “Fannin/Gilmer Counties Affiliate.” Because Pickens had most of the money and all of the momentum, it was recommended that Pickens would keep the existing charter and that Gilmer & Fannin counties would form a new affiliate.
In the interim, a new Pickens County HFH Steering Committee, headed by Stan Barnett, was created to organize and set up operations of the new Pickens County affiliate. The petition toHabitat International was subsequently approved, and HFH-PC as we know it today became official. By an amendment to the corporate charter (effective April 4, 2002) North Central Georgia Habitat for Humanity became Habitat for Humanity-Pickens County, Inc. Subsequently, on February 12,2002 Habitat International changed our name to HFH-PC and chartered us to serve a single county (Pickens County). Members of the Steering Committee made up the bulk of the “new” HFH-PC‘s first Board of Directors:
Stan Barnett – President, Bonnie Boling – Vice President, Joy Champion – Treasurer, Lisa Hull – Secretary, Jennie Boggan, Tricia Turner, Mark Hinton, Kay Patterson, Carmel Cooper, Dan Macari, Al Rothe, Tony Gonzales, Bobby Fowler, Janie Whitfield, and Janice Lowe.
Things were really moving at this point. The first big step was the donation of a buildable lot by the R. N. Edge familyon Elizabeth Street in Jasper. NOTE: The R. N. Edge family (the Edges and the Pools) owned and published thePickens County Progress. We broke ground for our first house on January 31, 2002, [newspaper article] [photo] In March 2002, the Ingram family (Ronnie, Michelle, and 3 girls) [family photo] was selected to be our 1st partner/owner family.[Newspaper article].
After ground breaking, work went on pace until we got to the end of the construction phase.
House #1 was completed and we earned our very first Certificate of Occupancy just in time for the family to be in their new house for Christmas 2002. The local newspaper told our exciting story to everyone. [article] The people and businesses in Pickens county were all excited about this first house, and contributed much of their time and money, enabling us to build this first house at a cost of only ~$25,000!
It took us a while to secure land (on Hobson Ct, Jasper) for the 2nd house, but it finally did come through thanks toM&M Contracting Company. John Cline donated a house to go on the land. HFH-PC had to do a lot of prep work to get it ready to move, but it all “came together” and we soon dedicated the 2nd house and moved Linda Tanner and her grandson Cody into the house in February 2004. All of this excitement was thoroughly publicized in our February 2004 HFH-PC newsletter:
HFH-PC has continued to be blessed with generous volunteers and businesses. Consequently, we have been able to complete 2 houses about every 16 months since early 2004.
The following CHRONOLOGY recaps the highlights of HFH-PC:
- mid-1980s – HFH North Central Georgia (HFH-NCG) founded (Pickens, Gilmer, & Fannin counties)
- Oct. 23, 2001 – Presentation to interested parties at the Pickens Chamber of Commerce
- Jan. 31, 2002 – Groundbreaking, FIRST HOME on Elizabeth Street, Jasper
- Feb. 12, 2002 – Habitat for Humanity-Pickens County (HFH-PC) chartered
- Feb. 12, 2002 – Stan Barnett elected as 1st President, HFH-PC
- Apr. 4, 2002 – HFH-NCG officially becomes HFH-PC
- Aug. 3, 2002 – FIRST wall raised on HFH-PC’s FIRST home
- Dec. 16, 2002 – Received FIRST “Certificate of Occupancy”
- Dec. 21, 2002 – Dedication, FIRST HOME…for the Ingram Family
- January 2003 – White family donates 4 lots on Twin Oak Trace
- July 10, 2003 – Kickoff meeting to generate community interest & introduce 1st two families
- Jan. 1, 2004 – Dan Macari elected new, 2nd, President, HFH-PC
- Feb 15, 2004 – Dedication, HFH-PC’s 2nd HOME … for the Tanner Family
- Apr. 1, 2004 – Groundbreaking, 3rd HOME … Twin Oak Trace
- Oct. 17, 2004 – Dedication, 3rd HOME … Lee Family … Twin Oak Trace
- Mar. 23, 2005 – Groundbreaking, 4th HOME
- Sep. 18, 2005 – Dedication, 4th HOME … Bower family … Twin Oak Trace
- Jul. 29, 2005 – Groundbreaking, 5th HOME … Kitchens Family … Twin Oak Trace
- Feb. 12, 2006 – Dedication, 5th HOME … Kitchens Family … Twin Oak Trace
- Jun. 8, 2006 – Groundbreaking, 6th HOME … Powell Family … Brookcliff Dr.
- Early ? 2007 – Groundbreaking, Headquarters building – 135 Cares Drive, Jasper
- Jan. 7, 2007 – Dedication, 6th HOME … Powell Family … Brookcliff Dr.
- Jan. 23, 2007 – Groundbreaking, 7th HOME … Belvedresi Family … Twin Oak Trace
- Sep. 5, 2007 – Groundbreaking, 8th HOME … for the Harp Family … 231 Twin Oak Trace
- Sep. 23, 2007 – Dedication, 7th HOME … for the Belvedresi Family
- Nov. 27, 2007 – First Board meeting in new building
- Dec. 4, 2007 – Dedication, Office/warehouse building …. 135 Cares Dr, Jasper, GA
- Jan. 21, 2008 – First Application/Enrollment held in new building
- Jan. 1, 2008 – Al Rothe, Jr elected as 3rd President, HFH-PC
- Mar. 27, 2008 – Groundbreaking, 9th HOME … for the Hunt Family … 215 Twin Oak Trace
- Sep. 21, 2008 – Dedication, 8th HOME … Harp Family … 231 Twin Oak Trace
- Feb. 1, 2009 – Dedication, 9th HOME … Hunt Family … 215 Twin Oak Trace
- Feb. 24, 2009 – Groundbreaking, 10th HOME … for the Bailey Family … 24 Lilly Circle
- Aug 23, 2009 – Dedication, 10th HOME … Bailey Family … 24 Lilly Circle, Jasper
- Dec 21, 2009 – Groundbreaking, 11th Home…for the Flowers Family…1000 Hill City Circle
- Jan. 1, 2010 – Ron Ceravolo elected as 4th President, HFH-PC
- Jun 30, 2010 – Closing, 11th Home…for the Flowers Family…1000 Hill Circle, Jasper
- Aug 1, 2010 – Dedication, 11th HOME … Flowers Family … 1000 Hill Circle, Jasper
- Aug 31, 2010 – Ground breaking, 12th home … for the Plummer Family…141 Gennett Ct, Jasper
- Dec 7, 2010 – Stan Barnett honored as “Director Emeritus”
- Mar 26, 2011 – Inaugural HFH Pancake Breakfast
- Apr 15, 2011 – Closing, 12th home … for the Plummer Family…141 Gennett Ct, Jasper
- May 15, 2011 – Dedication, 12th home … Plummer Family…141 Gennett Ct, Jasper
- Oct 19, 2011 – Ground breaking, 13th home … for the Moya Family…730 Pioneer Rd, Jasper
- Oct 19, 2011 – Ground breaking, 14th home … for the Meadows Family…706 Pioneer Rd, Jasper
- Jan. 1, 2012 – Keith Scott elected as 5th President, HFH-PC
- Apr. 21, 2012 – HFH PC Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary
- Jun. 28, 2012 – Closing, 13th home … for the Moya Family … 730 Pioneer Rd, Jasper
- Jul. 22, 2012 – Dedication, 13th home … Moya Family … 730 Pioneer Rd, Jasper
- Aug 10, 2012 – Presidents’ Meeting / Workshop [photo]
- Oct 30, 2012 – Closing, 14th home … for the Meadows Family … 706 Pioneer Rd, Jasper
- Nov 18, 2012 – Dedication, 14th home … Meadows Family … 706 Pioneer Rd, Jasper
- Jan 22, 2013 – Ground breaking, 15th home … the Shelton Family … Bell & Elizabeth Streets, Jasper
- Nov 19, 2013 – Closing, 15th home … for the Shelton Family … 720 Bell Ave, Jasper
- Dec 15, 2013 – Dedication, 15th home … Shelton Family … 720 Bell Ave, Jasper
- Dec 15, 2013 – HFH PC Announces name of 1st subdivision … “New Hope Acres”
- Jan 28, 2014 – Steve Greenwell elected as 6th President, HFH-PC
- Oct __, 2015 – 16th home Ground Breaking for New Hope Acres … our 1st subdivision!
- _________ – 16th home Dedication
- Oct 4, 2016 – 17th home Ground Breaking (in New Hope Acres)