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"On Faith We Lean... in 2018!!"
The Founder's Heart
Grace and Greetings to a Spectacular Summer!
 
While many of us find that summery days are a good excuse to get out and relax at the nearest beach, not too many of us have the same excitement for those unexpected rainy days.  However, today, I ask you to consider this… Rain Matters!  Earlier this week while out serving a single mother in need, the flood gates opened and it began to pour.  After realizing that I could not avoid getting wet, I decided to simply enjoy the journey by walking, talking and singing in the rain.  
 
I began to ponder the fact that some of the best benefits stem from seasonal rainfall.  As water often symbolizes a time of fertility and cleansing, it can also make the atmosphere cool, calm and invigorating.  Imagine life without rain—it would be like having all sunny days and no cloudy ones.  To experience “sunshine only” would make our existence tough, tiresome and temporal.  And, eventually, everything beautiful in God’s creation would wither away of thirst.  Rain adds moisture to our lives to grow us and give us a continuous reason to hope, trust and believe.  Hidden in the grey and gloomy days are where we find patience and endurance to strengthen our faith—the confidence of knowing the sun will soon shine brightly again.
 
To date, H.O.M.E. has served 540 mothers and children collectively providing truckloads of tangible love through furniture one family at a time.  All of which are better and stronger because they persevered and survived the storms of life.  Although rain seems to come at the most inconvenient times, I encourage you next time, to see it differently, embrace it thankfully and welcome it joyfully.  In doing so we will come to realize that some stuff in our minds, hearts and spirits are simply in need of a good cleansing.  The affects can change the way we LOVE, GIVE & LIVE.  Yes, in everyone’s life some rain must fall and when things get heated… Rain Matters!
 
Lovingly and graciously,
 
Carolyn A. Watson
Pearl of the Quarter
Atlanta native, Reshonda Evans, is only twenty-five but has already seen her share of hardships.  She gave birth to sweet, Cerenity, at the tender age of seventeen.  After leaving an abusive relationship with her daughter’s father she became homeless.  By the time Reshonda was nineteen, she and her two-year-old were often found sleeping outside, on park benches, in stairwells and bouncing from pillar to post over the next seven years.
 
With no job and no place to call home, Reshonda met a lady that took her under her wing, helped her find and job as a receptionist and walked her through the process of qualifying for affordable housing.  “I got an apartment but I didn’t have any furniture so when I googled for help—I found H.O.M.E.”  Reshonda contacted Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure, while she was just beginning her new job.  She had absolutely nothing, nor any money to even get her work uniform.  “When H.O.M.E. showed up and opened the back of the truck I couldn’t believe all that furniture was just for me,” she emotionally expressed.  “This was my daughter’s first room, first bed, first dresser—Cerenity finally had the room I always wanted to give her; the room I wish I had growing up…” she continued.
 
Since landing a job and an apartment, Reshonda has truly found favor in the sight of everyone she meets.  In particular, two of her managers, Ms. Liz and Ms. Linda, have since helped her by babysitting her daughter when needed, teaching her money management skills, and by keeping her encouraged and focused.  “I want to go back to school, own a house and own a car,” she noted.  She also credits her mom and dad for being her backbone.  For the first time in Reshonda and Cerenity’s life things are looking more prosperous than ever before.  As such, she lends this advice to other struggling mothers, “God will not leave you… you have a purpose, just don’t forget about God no matter what!” 
 
When we asked the hilariously charming eight-year-old little Miss Cerenity what she thought of her mother, her tear-jerking reply was, “I don’t care if we sleep outside or in the rain, as long as I’m with my mom, I’m fine.”

On Behalf of The H.O.M.E. Team
Congratulations to
Reshonda Evans
Our 'Pearl of the Quarter' 
It's Official!! 

The H.O.M.E. Team is thrilled that Mayor Jason Lary officially announced and proclaimed June 9, 2018, ‘Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure Day’ in the City of Stonecrest—to God Be ALL the Glory!!! 
THE H.O.M.E. Stretch Celebration
Hats off to EVERYONE that helped us hit the mark for our 4th annual 5K run/walk!  By God’s amazing grace ‘A Long Walk H.O.M.E.’ was a great success and we have YOU to thank!  Our goal was to raise funds to continue to operate in excellence and together $5,209 was donated toward this effort.  We appreciate you for showing H.O.M.E. your love and support through donating, sponsoring, participating and serving.  BIG thanks to our favorite M.C., Mr. Larry Tinsley, for his time and talent.  And to Councilwoman Diane Adoma and Congressman Hank Johnson and Staff, we deeply appreciate your acknowledgment of our work and community contribution.

Congratulations to ALL our walkers, runners, winners and team captains for a job well done!  Kudos to Dawn White who received the top fundraiser ‘Shining Star’ Award AND Melanie Reed with Team ‘Happy Soles’ who won the Outstanding Team Captain ‘Leadership Award!’

If you didn’t attend this year...  join us next year and see… how really cool our 5K will be!!!
Dawn White ~ Top Fundraiser ~ Shining Start Award Recipient 
Melanie Reed  (Leadership Award Recipient)  and Team Happy Soles
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Blessings In Blue
H.O.M.E. was pleasantly pleased to be honored and decorated by the beautiful sisters in blue, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority – Sigma Mu Zeta Chapter, at their 8th annual ‘A Gathering of Friends’ Scholarship and Awards Brunch.  For our contribution, devotion and commitment to betterment of the community H.O.M.E. was presented with the coveted “Community Involvement Award.”  Thanks, Zealous Zeta’s, for your encouragement and acknowledgement.  Together, we are helping hands… helping others!!
KES… YOU’RE the Best!
What a great day we had participating in the KES ‘Day of Inclusion’ on Saturday, July 14th.  This organization is truly a testament of caring for those who struggle with physical disabilities and mental health.  May God continue to light your way… as you aspire to light the way for others!!
Party Picnic In The Park
H.O.M.E. was invited to meet and greet the neighbors on ‘McNair Community Day’ organized by McNair DeKalb Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative.  This inaugural event was designed to bring community together for a day of entertainment, games, resources, vendors, food and fun.  Congrats on your success and THANKS for the invitation to the party!!  Hope H.O.M.E. is in the house again next year!! Photo Credit: Commissioner Gregory Adams
H.O.M.E. Supports Seniors
O’ what a time we had at this year’s Senior Expo hosted by Wade Walker YMCA!  We mixed and mingled, received complementary massages, line danced, enjoyed heathy food tastings, shared resources and more!  We appreciate you, Eboni Anderson, and those Sensational Seniors for helping us ALL feel young again!! 
Ways to Get AND Ways to Give
There are many ways you can get discounts and give donations to support H.O.M.E.   By doing what you do almost every day “SHOP” here are a few options to consider…
By signing up and using your Kroger Plus Card you can help us… help others!  Simply go online and register your Kroger Plus Card under our non profit number: 50678.  Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure, Inc. will received the benefits through their Kroger Community Rewards Program.  Every time you shop and swipe your Kroger Plus Card, H.O.M.E.  will receive a small financial contribution!
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support H.O.M.E. every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization, H.O.M.E.  REMEMBER, you have to go to smile.amazon.com and search for Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure, Inc.  
Are YOU the Next Hero?
Become a H.O.M.E. Hero and get some really cool stuff!  Sign up to be a monthly financial donor during the months of August, September or October and receive an awesome H.O.M.E. hat & tee!!  Visit www.Home2heart.org and sign-up today!
Become a H.O.M.E. Hero and get some really cool stuff!  Sign up to be a monthly financial donor during the months of August, September or October and receive an awesome H.O.M.E. hat & tee!!  Visit www.Home2heart.org and sign-up today!
Come H.O.M.E Friends…. We Need YOU!

“The harvest is plentiful… but the workers are few.” Matthew 9:27

Don’t have spare furniture? Consider helping with a gift of financial support of ANY amount.  All donations are tax deductible.  Together, let’s sew in love and give as we have been blessed to those less fortunate.  Here’s how:

  • Make a monthly contribution or a one-time financial gift of ANY amount
  • Donate new or gently used furniture and home décor
  • Purchase our featured item(s) of the quarter: SLEEPING PILLOWS
It takes A Village to Raise a Child and a Community of
Givers to Help Single Mothers in Need
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H.O.M.E., Inc. (Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure)
P. O. Box 2087, Lithonia, GA 30058

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Thanks for being a blessing! Together, WE are helping hands … helping others!

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