23 Jan HomeAid Announces 2018 Award Winners
HomeAid Atlanta’s 2018 Award Winners were announced on January 17 during the GAHBA’s annual Installation and Awards Program at The Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta. These awards honor organizations and individuals who demonstrate a deep commitment to HomeAid’s mission, are knowledgeable and passionate about HomeAid, and gave generously of their time and resources in 2018.
Builder of the Year: Dan O’Dwyer, O’Dwyer Properties
A longtime HomeAid supporter, Dan O’Dwyer spent countless hours as a volunteer Builder Captain leading HomeAid’s renovation at The Drake House in Roswell. Two apartment buildings received major renovations creating a long-term housing solution called The Drake Village, located on the property adjacent to The Drake House’s existing crisis housing complex. This project more than doubled The Drake House’s capacity to help women with children experiencing homelessness in north Fulton County. This was Dan O’Dwyer’s second HomeAid project at The Drake House. In 2005, he led a total renovation of the first two eight-unit apartment buildings to produce the first crisis housing ever offered by The Drake House.
Trade Partner of the Year: BMC – Building Materials & Construction Solutions
BMC donated or provided generous discounts on lumber and other materials for nearly every HomeAid build project, including major renovations to an eight-unit building at Making a Way Housing and the two eight-unit buildings at The Drake Village. BMC also contributed to several HomeAid Care Days, volunteer workdays providing free maintenance and repairs for nonprofit organizations that work directly with people experiencing
homelessness. BMC also gave financially through HomeAid’s Annual Giving Campaign. Additionally, BMC’s Ronnie Gullatt enthusiastically served as HomeAid’s 2018 Board President.
Volunteer of the Year: Anne DeLorenzo, Paran Homes
Anne DeLorenzo serves on HomeAid’s fund development committee. In 2018, she garnered participation and sponsorship for HomeAid’s Housing the Homeless Golf Tournament and Annual Giving Campaign. She was also integral to the return of Project Playhouse®, securing donated materials to build The Saltbox of the Earth playhouse. Additionally, she and her team at Paran Homes spent six Saturday mornings mentoring Kennesaw State University Building Construction students as they built the playhouse. DeLorenzo has been a longtime supporter of HomeAid’s annual Essentials Drive to collect donations of baby supplies for Atlanta’s homeless babies and their families.
These winners exemplify the heart and generosity of Atlanta’s home building industry, and believe deeply that no one should be without a safe place to sleep. Upon receiving her award, DeLorenzo said, “I am blessed to do what I do in an industry that I love, and as I have said before, everyone deserves a place to call home.”