28th Habitat for Humanity House


Last years blitz build was such a success, DUMC is doing it again! Habitat has changed the format slightly to allow for outside vendors to come in during the week, but we still need many hands to help us with the new blitz build format. Mark your calendar for April 19-21, 25-28!

Ask your co-workers to join & take a day off work to participate in our 28th house & second ever blitz build. Join us as we engage more volunteers to become the hearts, hands & voices for the cause of adequate & affordable housing.

Yes, this requires extra effort, strong leadership, hard work & careful planning...but we have all that and more at Dumc! The impact reaches far beyond the family you are building with/for & warms your heart more than you ever imagined. There is a job for everyone - no skills required.

Contact jack & Bette Whitley at jwhitley47@aol.comor Samantha Faklaris at Samantha.faklaris@dunwoodyumc.orgfor more information. Signup below:



Habifactspic1For 30 years, Atlanta Habitat has served qualified, working families, building primarily in the city of Atlanta and Fulton County. Now we have become one of the largest of 1,500 affiliates of Habitat for Humanity in the United States since our founding in 1983.

Building Houses

  • Atlanta Habitat has built nearly 1,300 homes, housing close to 5,000 family members.
  • Atlanta Habitat homes are constructed using green building standards, producing energy-efficient homes that protect the environment and reduce utility bills.
  • House sponsors help cover construction costs by providing financial and volunteer support, which helps save $35,000–$40,000 on each house.

Strengthening Families

  • Families qualify to purchase Atlanta Habitat homes by meeting stringent requirements regarding steady income, having good credit, and being first-time homebuyers.
  • Homebuyers must invest 250 sweat-equity hours, helping to build their own home and other homes or working in our offices, warehouse, or ReStore.
  • Atlanta Habitat families are required to take at least 12 education classes focused on financial literacy and home maintenance.
  • Qualified families pay for their homes through a 30-year, no-interest mortgage.

HabifactsNewpic2Changing Communities

  • Atlanta Habitat homeowners have a direct impact on their community by participating in civic organizations and proudly maintaining their homes.
  • Local neighborhoods and the city at large benefi t from the involvement of economically empowered, tax-paying Atlanta Habitat homeowners.


  • Since 2001, our retail outlet store has redirected over 7,000 tons of materials from landfills.
  • The ReStore is open to the public and sells new and gently used items at 50% or more off retail prices.
  • All net profi ts from ReStore sales are directed back to our affordable home-building mission and serving families.

Rules to Build By

Thank you for volunteering your time and talents with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity! Working on a construction site can be dangerous; we ask that you be responsible for your safety and be conscious of the safety of others. We hope you enjoy your experience and it is injury free. The following are a few basic rules we ask you to "build by." Please read this document carefully, and then sign your Release and Waiver of Liability. This form MUST be turned in before you begin any volunteer work. Also, it's important that you arrive at the worksite by 8 a.m. in order to participate in the safety orientation.

Construction Policies

  • No one under the age of 16 is allowed on site – no exceptions. Volunteers ages 16 and 17 must have a parent or guardian sign their Release and Waiver of Liability.
  • Volunteers ages 16 and 17 will be excluded from certain activities, such as but not limited to, working with power tools and working on rooftops.
  • No smoking allowed on site.
  • Report all injuries to the Atlanta Habitat house leader immediately.

Proper Clothing

Volunteers should dress comfortably, but appropriately, for a hard day's work. Loose clothing and improper shoes can be dangerous.

  • Work boots or no-skid, thick-sole shoes are preferred. No sandals or open-toe shoes.
  • Long pants and long sleeves are recommended, as some construction materials can irritate your skin. Layering is good for added warmth in colder months.
  • Bring a pair of work gloves if possible.
  • Always wear sunscreen.
  • Eye and ear protection are available and should be worn on the site as needed.

Tools and Materials

Atlanta Habitat provides all tools needed for the build. Volunteers are welcome to bring tools, but Atlanta Habitat is not responsible for lost or damaged tools. If you do choose to bring your own, please take time to clearly mark them with your name and phone number.

  • Always use the right tool for the job and ask for instructions before using a tool for the first time.
  • Tools should not be loose, dull, or poorly adjusted. Please notify the house leader if unsafe or damaged tools are in use.
  • Check for defective cords, plugs, and switches; do not use anything that looks unsafe.
  • Never remove or disable tool guards. Ask house leader for help if a tool jams.
  • Support materials properly before cutting or drilling. If necessary, use both hands to operate a tool safely.
  • Never place tools where they can fall on someone or cause an accident, e.g. top rung of a ladder, rooftop, railings.

Ladders and Scaffolding

Many tasks performed on site require a ladder and, in some cases, scaffolding.

  • Inspect all ladders before use.
  • Set ladder on solid ground. To level, dig a hole on the high side rather than building up the lower side.
  • Use the correct size ladder; never overextend yourself.
  • Do not stretch to the side; instead move the ladder (even if that means re-setting it.)
  • Never stand on the top rung of a ladder.
  • Keep ladder clear of any power lines.
  • Always face ladder and keep hands free while climbing.
  • Consult house leader for proper scaffolding erection and bracing.
  • Inspect scaffolding before use; do not use damaged planks.
  • Scaffolding must be level before use.

A Clean Work Site

A clean site is a safer work place. As things can quickly pile up, it is best to clean up and put tools away continuously throughout the day.

  • Do not leave tools or materials where others can trip over them.
  • Organize debris. Please ask the house leader for direction on what trash may be recycled.
  • Always backdrive or bend nails in boards.

Parking and Automobiles

Atlanta Habitat strongly encourages volunteers to carpool. Many sites have very limited parking. Also, remove anything of value from your car.

Weather Conditions

Atlanta Habitat works rain or shine! Workdays are not typically canceled in advance due to adverse weather conditions. If rain or other problems persist, the decision will be made to shorten the workday on site by the house leader. In extreme conditions, such as ice and/or snow, you may call your day captain or house leader before driving to the work site.