New Hope Acres Home #21
Construction has begun on home #21! Proud recipients of the latest Habitat home are The Leann Hughes Family. The Hughes Family along with Habitat Pickens President Monique Vinelli and Constuction Manager Ray Champitto launched build 21 recently at a groundbreaking ceremony.
Volunteer opportunities will be available soon!
House #21 will be a bit different than the others we’ve built at Hope Acres. Due to the significant slope of the lot, the house will be a two-level structure to include a finished, walkout basement with 2 bedrooms and a full bath. The main level will have 1 bedroom and a second full bath, kitchen and living room. The basement walls have been poured, plumbing under the floor is complete and the floor has been poured.
Some great news is that a very successful homebuilder in our area has volunteered to complete all framing on both levels. When they are done, the house will be entirely closed up with the exception of doors and windows. They plan to start building the lower-level framing later this month, but we may have to wait a few more weeks for delivery of the floor joists.
The main level work cannot begin until the floor joists have been installed. So, it’s difficult to know for sure when we will be ready to use volunteers on site but will probably be after the first of December.
Please check back soon for further updates.
If you are interested in volunteering and have not done so, please go to the volunteer section on this website and sign up for advance notification when we will have our first volunteer workday.
Your support of Habitat Pickens is greatly appreciated!
Directions to New Hope Acres
SR-515 North and Hwy 53 in Jasper Georgia turn left at redlight. Travel 1.1 miles and turn left onto Philadelphia Road. Travel 0.3 miles to Hobson Road and turn right. Continue 0.5 miles and turn right onto Lance Road. Take Lance Road to the left at 0.3 miles. New Hope Acres will be at the end of Lance Road and home #21 - 136 Hope Street is on the right.
"For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people's love and concern for each other."
-Millard Fuller, Founder of Habitat for Humanity
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).