Rainbow Village offers hope for the homeless

Rainbow Village Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is a transitional housing community that supports homeless families with children in north metro Atlanta by providing an opportunity to become self-sufficient and return to our communities as healthy, productive citizens. Homes are offered in the communities of Norcross, Duluth and Snellville.

Services include case management, family and children's counseling, an after-school program, children's evening programs and life skills and job training. Families follow the program for a year, paying a portion of the utilities and a program fee while saving a minimum of $300 monthly in order to secure a home of their own. Most families leave Rainbow Village and return to an apartment while continuing to save and improve their credit history to some day purchase a home of their own.

Rainbow Village Inc. is grateful for the support of David Weekley Homes for providing the opportunity to allow two of our "graduate" families to purchase a home of their own after successfully completing the one-year Rainbow Village program. This year, David Weekley will be constructing the second home to benefit a Rainbow Village family. A single mother and three children, ages 6, 8 and 11, are happily residing in the first home donated two years ago. With the support of their trade partners, the David Weekley team constructed a beautiful, three-bedroom ranch home in Snellville. The experience of working together to make a difference in our community was meaningful for all involved. David Weekley said all families are entitled to a safe place to call home. (Visit the Web site at www.davidweekleyhomes.com)

Home ownership now becomes a reality much sooner for successful graduates of the Rainbow Village program because of the generosity of David Weekley Homes. Upon successful completion of the Rainbow Village program qualified adults may purchase the home donated by David Weekley from Rainbow Village at a below-market price. The family may live in the home for a year or more in order to continue to improve their credit rating or save money for the down payment allowing them to secure a loan. In turn, the purchase of the home will provide much needed operations funds for Rainbow Village. A single mother and her two sons, ages 15 and 9, have been selected to purchase the second home to be built this year.

We are hopeful that other developers/home builders will also consider this opportunity. Women and children that were once homeless may now afford and own a home of their own. Thank you, Jon Calbert of David Weekley Homes and your trade partners, for the blessing you are to Rainbow Village families and our community. Together, we can break the cycle of homelessness. Everyone wins: David Weekley Homes, Rainbow Village - but most importantly, a formerly homeless family now owns a home of their own!

Please contact Rainbow Village (www.rainbowvillage.org) if you are interested in following the good example of David Weekley Homes by investing in the community and the future of homeless families with children - one precious family at a time.

"People Helping People" is a weekly column written by the executive directors of nonprofit organizations in Gwinnett County. Today's article was written by Nancy Yancey of Rainbow Village.

Need help or know someone who does? The Gwinnett Helpline directs callers to the appropriate nonprofit agency. Call 770-995-3339.