Our Founder's Heart

Happy 2022 H.O.M.E. Family!

I’d be remiss, if I fail to begin, without covering each of you in prayer: ‘May God’s amazing grace, good health, and generous blessings rest upon you and your family throughout the new year.’  Amen.

Earlier this month, while applying for a financial grant for H.O.M.E., an interesting and deeply personal question was posed: “Why did you decide to work on this social problem?”  As I pondered that which constitute the word, ‘problem’ it awakened within me the response penned below…

“When I think about how many struggling single mothers who we’ll never get the chance to know, meet, help, share their story, relate to their hardship—my heart bleeds.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve been drawn to 'acts of kindness' even as a child.  To witness hurting people in the world has always been my call-to-action.  I'm that person who pays for senior citizen's food in the grocery store; give generously to the neighborhood children (my sugar babies), as they exit the school bus, then rush to our house to grab an afternoon snack; purchase shoes and socks for homeless men; give an unexpected lift to stranded sister; and welcome a perfect stranger, a single dad with his three young sons, into our home for three months until he was able to get back on his feet.  You see, I often don't consider anything a 'social problem' as much as I see it as a 'social opportunity' to help someone along life's way.  Love is an interesting thing.  Why?  Because it's not produced nor perfected by words--only what we do in action or deed can adequately express its true form and meaning.  I believe that's the very thing we lack most in the world—genuine love.  It’s the antidote to curing many of life’s most serious social dilemmas.  Mother Teresa so poignantly said: 'the greatest poverty is not a lack for food, but the feeling of being unloved and unwanted.' So it is through the mirror of God’s love that I see common issues that should hunt us all, and resolve to do what I can, to change what I see.”

And this is the message I kindly offer to each of us—for yes, in heart, I am that person—but, in humanity, so are you.

As always… lovingly and graciously yours,

Carolyn A. Watson



Hats off to ALL who purchased one, two, three or more twin mattress sets for our precious children over the past few months.  Our Beds-4-Babes project was a HUGE success!  We requested—you responded—and the results are… many blessings of beds!  


Pearl of the Quarter

A true ‘Georgia Peach’ best describes 41-year-old, Crystal Fuller, who grew up surrounded by a supportive community of family and friends.  Raised by her mother and father, Crystal learned from an early age the power of love, spirituality and closeness.  “I had a tight family with good values which gave me a strong foundation,” she recalls.  However, after her parents divorced when she was seven; followed by the passing of her father at age ten; and the burial of her grandmother at age fourteen, life took a devastating turn.  The stable home she once knew and loved was broken—this caused Crystal to spiral into an emotional series of events that led to years of feeling unworthy and unloved.  “My mother took good care of us and we wanted for nothing; but she wasn’t affectionate,” Crystal remembered. “My Big Mama (she affectionately called her), treated me like I was her daughter, and what I didn’t get from my mom, I got from my grandma.”

While Crystal’s mother and stepfather were a great influence and support system, her broken heart wouldn’t allow her to see past her own pain. By the time she was 15, she became pregnant with her first child.  “I was a good student, but had low self-esteem; I didn’t graduate high school because I faced so many obstacles.”  Subsequently, Crystal dropped out, and by age 19 illegal drugs became her medication of choice.  Over the next decade she fought through a failed marriage; struggled to raise five children; a heavy drug addiction; a list of legal troubles; a three-time prison sentence; and she was hospitalized six times.  Through it all, Crystal stayed in close contact with her children, but didn’t want them to see her in a condition she tried so desperately to beat.

“Those times in prison helped me to see what I wanted for my life,” she thought back.  “When I was released in 2018 I knew I had to pray for courage; I had to humble myself—I asked God: ‘I want to draw closer to You, clean me up, I’m nothing without You’.”  God, indeed, heard Crystal’s humbled cry and answered.  She moved out of her old environment and into a room where she could focus on betterment of life.  Crystal gives God all the glory, and also credits her parents and children, (Dominique (25), Demario (19), Michael (18), Carmen (16), and Camille (15), for her sobriety and accomplishments.  Today, she has obtained her GED, secured a job, an apartment, regained custody of her son and daughter, enrolled into college, and graduated with a degree in business in 2021.     

“My children are what kept me going… they needed me and I needed them,” she confessed.  After meeting Crystal and learning of her story we couldn’t wait for H.O.M.E. to help.  To sum it all up Crystal concluded: “It was everything to have furniture because it added value to my home, family and all the hard work I put in.  I’m inspired and motivated to show appreciation for what God has fulfilled.  I cherish this blessing because it was a gift, given out of love, which has increased my love and faith—this is what H.O.M.E. did for me.”     

On Behalf of
The H.O.M.E. Team

Crystal Fuller
for Being Our Pearl of the Quarter

We are thrilled to report that many of our families were blessed with toys, clothes, food and more through our Adopt-A-H.O.M.E. Family program.  It fills our heart, each year, to see how much you care for the less fortunate mothers and children we serve.  Thanks for spreading the true JOY of Christmas!


CONGRATULATIONS!! to Carlos Forde, one of H.O.M.E.’s very own ‘Distinguished Gentlemen’ who puts on a tie to serve at our annual HFTH ladies tea social; grabs his sneakers for our ALWH 5K Run/Walk-a-thon, and rolls up his sleeves to provide mussel when needed to move furniture.  For his committed service, he was awarded $20,000 to support our Beds-4-Babes initiative, on behalf of the charity he loves—Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure!  Thanks to Invest In Others Charitable Foundation, and volunteers like Carlos, so many lives are made better and brighter all around the world!!



Just in time for the chill of winter our partnership with Delivering Good and Burlington affords H.O.M.E. the opportunity to collect hundreds of new and gently used coats, hats and scarves.  This year was no different.  H.O.M.E. distributed an extra dose of warmth to homeless men and women in downtown Atlanta on New Year’s Eve.  And we provided over 400 coats to New Life Church for their incredible Garments of Grace clothing ministry.  Each year, thanks to our sensational sponsors, H.O.M.E. is able to warm hearts… with warm coats.


Every diamond deserves a pearl!  H.O.M.E.’s ‘Pearl in Her Purse’ Fund provides financial aid to the diamonds in our community—those heroic mothers who suffer immediate needs such as: groceries, gas cards, bus passes or an overnight hotel stay when they have nowhere else to go.  When you donate a pearl to place in her purse, through a financial gift of any amount, H.O.M.E. can do so much more for a single mom who truly need a ‘hand up.’

‘When Mothers are Empowered … So are their Children’


Come H.O.M.E. Friends….

“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
Shopped at Kroger or online at Amazon Smile lately?  Allow H.O.M.E. to receive the benefits when you search for Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure and enter our code.  Just by shopping you can donate a percentage of your spending to support a great cause.  Thanks SO Much!!

H.O.M.E. Hero to the Rescue!

Become a H.O.M.E. Hero by being a monthly financial donor.  Visit and sign up today.  No contribution is too small because little becomes much when it’s given from the heart.


Have gently used furniture, home furnishings or small appliances you no longer need?  Contact us!!  We'll be happy to pick it up!

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Donations are tax deductible!!

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‘Lord, it’s All Up to YOU… in 2022!’

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