Our Founder's Heart

Greetings to a faithful fall H.O.M.E. Family!

Last Monday, I was awakened by the sounds of howling fierce winds. It was evident that summer had finally retreated, to reposition and recuperate, from the thirst of a long hot spell. And, as always, fall in its colorful splendor was eager to step-in and respectfully take-over. The chill that came creeping into my room was provoking me to hibernate in bed—if only for a few extra minutes. I struggled. Reluctantly, I finally rose from beneath the cozy covers, read my Bible and morning devotionals, then slid to my knees to commune with God in prayer.

Interestingly, the last thing on my mind that morning was “fig trees.” Yet, in the midst of talking with God, there I was, pondering the parable in Matthew 21:18. But why? I thought to myself. The next day, I received clarity. You see, Jesus, noticed the fig tree because He was hungry. From a distance, however, the tree looked ripe and ready for figs to be picked. Its full leafy appearance was a sign that suggested, His desire for what the tree was created to carry, would be there. But on the contrary, what looked good and healthy on the outside lacked the seed-producing fruit that would grow from the inside.

This deeply rooted thought moved me to reflect upon our entire nation and, in particular, what we might look like to God. Can He come to us, thirsty and hungry, not merely for food, but for our service of sincere love and compassion to those who are suffering in silence? We often say we care. But in the face of men, women and children who are tormented daily by lack, loneliness, fear, injustice, confusion and dejection what fruit do we carry and willingly offer? Sure, most of us certainly look marvelously mature and financially fertile—but the truth is that many of us are not producing anything other than branches of leaves.

In the coming weeks, you and I will cast our votes and lift our voices in the 2022 election. I pray that as we examine the faithfulness and fruitfulness of those whom we elect, that we ourselves will also invest in our own purposeful potential to be fully productive in 2023. For indeed, God is hungry for more than the likes of lustrous leaves blowing in the fierce winds—because, in reality, He sees nothing more than a tree that’s spiritually barren and internally withered.

So are there any thirsty among us? Simply pray. And God will show you a most fruit-filled way!

As always… lovingly and graciously yours

Carolyn A. Watson


Pearl of the Quarter

Thirty-three-year-old sisters, Keanna (left) and Audriana (right) Burris of Kokomo, Indiana, have always been closely connected. Growing up as twin siblings, they remain inseparable. Even through hardship, they are two of the most positive, energetic and sweet-spirited women that H.O.M.E. has been fortunate to meet. Raised by an amazing single mother, due to the incarceration of their father when the girls were only four, Keanna and Audriana are grounded in their faith and belief in God. “I know my mother struggled, but we never felt it,” Keanna expressed. “We had a wonderful home growing up.” After Keanna made the life-altering decision to quit her job and attend Seminary school, she struggled for 3 years. She eventually graduated and recently got her own apartment. The time spent in school was well worth what she has gained thus far. Along with her sweet 10-year-old daughter, Kassydi, who loves math and plans to someday become a professional basketball player, this is definitely a goal in life that Keanna can be proud of. When asked how Kassydi feels about her mother’s success, her eyes lit up as she stated, “I love my mom and I don’t want her to give up—because I’ll be here for her.”

Audriana, also a single mom, recalls what it was like growing up as twin sisters. “We got our first job together, we shared everything; it was a little overwhelming at times to always be compared to one another.” However, through the good times and bad, these sisters have always been there for one other and have remained best friends. When COVID hit, Audriana’s job with Kaiser came to an unexpected end when their facility shut down. She soon was evicted and moved in with her mother. Audriana decided to leave the medical field behind and enroll in fashion school.

Regaining her stability while raising her 11-year-old son, Zion, has been both challenging and rewarding. Audriana contributes her strength and faith to their late grandmother, Nan, and their mother who founded and operates, Marietta’s House, a nonprofit that helps struggling women find resources, like H.O.M.E., to live fruitful lives. “My Mother and Nan made our lives so amazingly great,” she shared with the biggest smile. In this same manner, Zion, who also loves math and has a knack for cooking, expressed his heart of gratitude for Audriana by saying, “She is fun… and can always come to my house if she needs a place to sit.” Someday, he’s sure to have a place of his own, but for now, Audriana and Zion are content with having furniture in their newly decorated apartment.

These two outstanding women and single mothers are the reason why H.O.M.E. is absolutely thrilled to name each of them, together, as our courageous pearls. As we gladly filled both homes with love from H.O.M.E., we pray that their faith in God will continue to shower them with favor, fortitude and a prosperous future!

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

Ms. Keanna Burris &
Ms. Audriana Burris

for Being Our Pearls of the Quarter
The Power of Love
Over the years, many of our H.O.M.E. clients, donors, volunteers and sponsors have also become our family. It is with, honor and warm hearts, that we celebrate the life of two very special people: Mr. James L. Huston, III, a dedicated donor, who believed wholeheartedly in our mission and ministry. We also pay tribute to, Ms. Keisha Yvonne Watts for her dedicated service as a volunteer with H.O.M.E. Her smile and kind spirit will truly be missed. Though they are gone from earth, these remarkable souls will never be forgotten. May they rest peacefully in Heaven… until we meet again!

Loved and Forever Remembered!

The Power of Kindness!!

September 14th marked H.O.M.E.’s 8th Anniversary and our ‘Kindness Week’ was truly something special to remember! By God’s amazing grace, we were able to provide new activated cell phones to homeless mothers, grandmothers and sisters who were excited to phone home! Many of these women have been living on the streets of Atlanta for years. With this heartfelt gift of communication, they were able to reach across the miles and reconnect with family and loved ones. We pray that reconnection will give way to a new direction—because kindness is golden!!

The Power of Giving!
Giving comes in many forms, but without financial support for the work we do at H.O.M.E., our efforts would be fruitless. Thus, we are humbled and grateful that Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure, Inc. was chosen to receive the 2022 Volunteer Donation presented by Peach State Federal Credit Union. We can’t say thank you enough to Peach State’s Board Member, Mr. Paul Wesley, for selecting H.O.M.E. for this great honor!

Changing lives Together… is what WE do!!

The Power of Support!

Sisters Empowerment Network, Inc.

H.O.M.E. was absolutely thrilled to be invited to share our mission with the walkers, runners, vendors and staff at their 11th Annual ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ 5K Run/Walk Against Domestic Violence. We proudly applaud, Ms. Veda Brown, Founder and Exe. Director, and her team for being a strong voice and a helping hand to those who are suffering in silence. You too can help stop domestic violence when you support this meaningful mission and, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes!!

The Power of Community!

Thrive On Momma

Hats off to ‘Thrive On Momma’ for launching a nonprofit dedicated to bringing wholeness into the lives of young mothers and expecting mothers-to-be! H.O.M.E. commends the Founder, Ms. Nyree Watkins, for her powerful vision and story. We look forward to assisting this wonderful organization and the women they serve. So continue to … Thrive On Momma!

A3 Management

Our appreciation goes out to A3 Management who hosted a fun-filled resource Community Block Party! Thanks for inviting H.O.M.E. to be a part of your plans for making an impact in the community-at-large. Keep up the great work, and let the spirit of light keep leading the way!

The Power of Caring!
The H.O.M.E. Team is in need of hearts that care as we prepare for our annual Adopt-A-H.O.M.E. Family Program for Christmas! More than ever before, we believe that many struggling mothers will look to H.O.M.E. to help make this season merry and bright for their families. And because you care, we know you’ll be there, to make this year the best one yet!

To learn more about how you, your organization, social group or business can Adopt-A-H.O.M.E. Family contact us today!!

Servants + Service = Success!

Are you looking for a meaningful way to serve others? Consider coming H.O.M.E. to assist with folding, sorting, organizing, loading and unloading. We welcome individuals and group service projects. The mission IS possible! Contact us today to learn how YOU can help!
Diamonds & Pearls

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 women 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:  Full & Twin Comforters
It takes A Village to Raise a Child and
a Community of Givers to Help Single Mothers in Need
Remember H.O.M.E. at Checkout
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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 our website 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!

678-964-4328 ~

Donations are tax deductible!!

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