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Grace and Greetings H.O.M.E. Family!

How many of us have tossed and turned in the middle of the night with our thoughts going 100 miles per hour thinking about the many possible outcomes that haven’t yet happened? 

Sometimes, all we need is a ray of light to remind us that things will be alright!  Last week I stood at the murky lake gazing at the gray clouds that completely covered the morning sky.  I closed my eyes, said a prayer, and looked up again towards the dark thick haze.  Suddenly, the splendor of that very moment became my muse for penning this message.  I couldn’t remember seeing any sunlight before; or perhaps I just didn’t notice.  But, there it was, a ray of glimmering light piercing through darkness.  Standing boldly in the center of one small opening within the thick billowing rain clouds was this welcomed and glorious greeting—and another sweet reason to smile.

You see, over the course of four days last week, H.O.M.E. experienced two hard financial hits.  First, we received news that the cost of our wholesale mattress sets had increased by an additional $25 per set.  Then, three days later, I received a call from the new property owners of our warehouse stating that our monthly lease payment would more than double—rising to an additional $770 per month with a five-year term agreement.  If my faith is in our bank account I’m absolutely certain we can’t afford this major spike in our post COVID-19 budget—I am, however, convinced that we must continue to walk by faith and not by sight. So, on this particular day while communing with God amid the morning gloom, I sought His face concerning the H.O.M.E. matters at hand.  What He revealed to me through a peaceful ray of sun was wisdom that signified, ‘no matter how dense the darkness—the light will always break through if we dare to look up in every bleak situation and unexpected circumstance.’

When is the last time you remember seeing a ray of light at a pivotal moment in your career, business, ministry, family?  It’s this very hope that helps us comprehend the fact that we’ll never walk in darkness as long as we’re looking towards the light.  It’s the light that illuminates our path; the light that turns darkness into day; it’s the light that guides and gives us clarity; the light warms our physical bodies and soothes our troubled minds.  Today, I want to encourage you to keep looking towards the lighthouse.  God has already secured your key of trust that will activate your faith.  And when skies are at their greyest faith will, eventually, show itself faithful.

As always… lovingly and graciously yours,

Carolyn A. Watson



Pearl of the Quarter

“It’s okay if I'm not okay…” are the insightful words spoken by single mother, Sarah McKay, who was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Growing up in what she describes an ‘All-American Family,’ Sarah recalls the fun-filled days with her siblings which often included summer trips to exciting destinations, playing sports and enjoying all the benefits of an upper class upbringing.  Sarah’s Dad was a lawyer who worked a lot and her Mother was a very present influence in her life.  Having all the benefits and privileges that many children are not afforded made Sarah feel grateful—but also gave her a sense of not belonging as she tried desperately to figure out just where to find her life’s purpose.  “I wanted to be accepted and fit in,” Sarah explained.  “I just wanted to be happy…” she continued.

By the time Sarah was eighteen she began experimenting with drugs, which eventually became the gateway to heavy addiction.  “I felt lost and didn’t know who I was,” she stated.  Sarah candidly described her journey and bouts of trying to stay clean.  After a five-year stretch of being off drugs and having her handsome son Andre, she later returned to using when a dental procedure caused her to relapse and begin to abuse the use of pain medication. “I didn’t have a foundation with God… depression and addiction doesn’t discriminate,” she expressed.  At the height of Sarah’s addiction, while she and her son’s father lived with his parents, Sarah began to steal prescription medication from his parents.  She has since rebuilt her relationship with them and they are an important part of her life and healing.

Sarah finally checked into Mary Hall where she spent six months in recovery and six months in a sober living facility.  She’s been clean for almost four years with support of a wonderful sponsor, Ms. Barber Parker, who is also a former H.O.M.E. client.  Andre, her intelligent ten-year-old, describes Sarah as a “good mom who gets better day by day, year after year.”  When we asked Sarah how it feels to have furniture in her once empty apartment she sweetly smiled and said, “I’m 36-years-old and I’ve never even had a living room set—when I walk in my home I can breathe.”  This is the kind of tangible love that H.O.M.E. is committed to extending to families in need.  As our interview came to a close, we too, smiled as Sarah played and sang her favorite song entitled:  "My Jesus" by Anne Wilson.  Take a listen... MY JESUS!!

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

Sarah McKay
for Being Our Pearl of the Quarter

We Did It OUR Way!!

A huge ‘Thank You’ to our runners, walkers, joggers and treadmillers for making our first virtual ‘A Long Walk H.O.M.E.’ a fun-filled success!  From Atlanta to Valdosta to Dallas we joined forces to support the mission of H.O.M.E.  Special thanks to Mr. John Starr, Owner and Operator of Chick-fil-A Snellville for sponsoring gift cards to all our wonderful participants.  And to those who donated financially we deeply appreciate your act of kindness. 

Now, join us in giving a round of virtual applause to our winners as follows:

  • First Place Male: SSgt. Zachary S. Darling
  • First Place Female: Shauna Taylor
  • Team Captain Leadership Award: Armando Colorado and the Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta for the biggest team participation.


Until next year…
Be well, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you at the race in 2022!

Hands & Heart Initiative

H.O.M.E. is extremely thrilled to partner with, Raegan Thorp, owner of Raegan Thorp Real Estate Group for an exciting initiative!  RTRG is a residential real estate top producer for Keller Williams Peachtree Road, and has been in the real estate business for 7 years. Today she is putting her skills to use every day within her current role as Realtor for her clients. Last year she was awarded top single agent in her market center of over 400 agents. Quality customer service is a high priority, as Raegan‘s goal is not only to achieve customer satisfaction, but to exceed it so that you can’t help but tell your friends and family that she went above and beyond your expectations. In addition one of the core values of RTRG is to fundraise for childhood cancer and mothers in need. Over the years Raegan has connected numerous clients with H.O.M.E to make furniture donations and now they are taking it a step further by helping H.O.M.E. replenish our supply to meet our ongoing demand.  Hats off to Team RTRG for this awesome Hands & Heart initiative!!

If you’d like to help by purchasing one or more items from the RTRG registry click below and let your love for H.O.M.E. flow…

RTRG Registry
Community Matters!!

GO Blue!!

Thanks to the unwavering support of Zeta Phi Beta Sigma Mu Zeta Sorority many mothers and children are sleeping well on fluffy comfy pillows!  Year after year, the beautiful ladies in blue never fail to remember H.O.M.E. and continue to serve our charity in a number of ways.  We can always depend on them for service projects, volunteerism, financial support, and to share in community fundraisers and events.  Zetas, we truly love who you are and what your sorority represents.  Thank you. Thank you. Thank you… for ALL you do!   

Get Ready & Get Set for 8/28!

It’s back and we’re ready to participate in The Young, Black & Giving Back Institute’s day of giving on 8/28!  Mark your calendar for one of the biggest days of philanthropic giving in the black community to support black owned and operated nonprofits you know and love.  Last year, you showed up and showed out on behalf of H.O.M.E.  This year, will you get ready and set to do it again?

Don’t forget the date… it’s 8/28!

A Truckload to the Rescue!!

Prior to COVID-19 many of our faithful donors thoroughly enjoyed seeing their furniture, pictures, décor and odds and ends beautifully arranged in the homes of the mothers and children we serve. While the H.O.M.E. team has not been able to decorate as usual due to health and safety concerns, we are still dedicated to bringing a token of love through tangible furniture and household necessities to each deserving family we deliver to.  Here’s to happy faces and true ministry at a glance!

There’s No Place Like H.O.M.E.!!

Remember H.O.M.E. at Checkout!

When is the last time you shopped at Kroger or online at Amazon?  As you make your list and check it twice remember to think of H.O.M.E.!  Allow us to receive the benefits when you spend your dollars at Kroger and Amazon.  Just by searching for Helping Oppressed Mothers Endure and entering our code you can donate a percentage of your spending to support a great cause!

Thanks SO Much!

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:  Sheet Sets (Full & Twin)
It takes A Village to Raise a Child and
a Community of Givers to Help Single Mothers in Need

H.O.M.E. is always in need of volunteers to help move furniture, sort linen, arrange décor, unpack boxes, and more.  We’d love to welcome you, your social group, ministry or company to serve with us and spread the word about the meaningful work we are doing right here at H.O.M.E.  Also, take a break from the daily and become a H.O.M.E. Hero by contributing financially to our cause each month.  Visit and sign up today.  No contribution is too small when given from a big 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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