It is only through community support that The Drake House can realize success. Your financial donations can help in many ways:
Rebecca Barnett asked the guests for her 8th birthday to bring backpacks for our residents instead of presents for her. We would like to thank Rebecca for her thoughtfulness and generosity. The Drake House children are thrilled to have the new backpacks.
Shapiro & Swertfeger
Craig Dryden – President
Mary Beth Hyder – VP
David Hammond – Treasurer
Carolyn Dailey- Secretary
Rev. Nancy Lane
Kacy C. Lewis
Rev. Ollie Wagner
Tedra W. Cheatham
Freda B. Hardage
As we enter our sixth year of serving homeless families, we celebrate the milestones in our short history. Our Holiday Season was the most bountiful ever, despite the continued economic decline. Our families in residence were well cared for by their Neighbor To Neighbor sponsors, and our Drake Center was bursting at the seams with gifts and donations of gift cards from our most generous community. On Friday afternoon, December 23rd, we welcomed our 400th child. He is an adolescent boy who moved into The Drake House with his mother two days before Christmas. They were greeted with a live Christmas tree in their apartment, a welcome basket that greets every family upon move-in, and lovely, but modest gifts for mom and son to share. We reflect on the fact that when we began our mission to serve single mothers, much of the goal included the ability to keep the family together. Our newest family would have been separated from each other had they gone to many of the agencies downtown. And so, we celebrate the milestone of serving our 400th child, and the irony of our ability to offer a private apartment to them…only two days before Christmas.
We look forward to celebrating more milestones in 2012. One major goal is to continue to pay down the debt on our facilities, and build a strong operating reserve. Of course though, our program comes first. And we thank our many faith, corporate and civic partners, and individuals within the community that provide the financial resources to sustain our work. We invite you to get involved with The Drake House or The Drake Closet, our new resale boutique. By working together, in projects large or small, we can offer hope and opportunity to the families that walk through our doors.
Can’t see your clothes for all the sequins and satin? Then give new life to your old prom dresses by donating them to The Drake Closet. We’re holding a prom dress drive now through the end of February. If you have connections at local high schools, help spread the word that one-of-a-kind dresses will be on sale for this year’s prom season for just $15 to $20.
Come see what’s new at The Closet…
Fabulous Finds For The Frugal Fashionista!
Winter Clearance Sale Now in Progress!
825 Mimosa Blvd
Roswell, GA 30075
Now accepting your donations of new and gently-used ladies’ clothing for spring: Prom & Easter Dresses, Casual Clothing, Business Attire, Shoes, Handbags, & Jewelry.
For more information contact us at email@example.com
On Saturday, May 5th we will hold the 3rd annual DrakeWalk in downtown Roswell. The DrakeWalk is a family event with walking routes of various distances through historic Roswell, followed by a Finish Line Festival with refreshments and family fun. So save the date, bring the family and walk in support of The Drake House! Stay tuned for more details.
We also need the support of the business and faith based community as event sponsors. The DrakeWalk is an excellent way to increase your organization’s exposure in the North Fulton community, while helping homeless women and their children get back on their feet. If you are interested in finding out more about DrakeWalk sponsorship opportunities, please contact Linda Murphy at 770-587-4712, ext. 307 or via email at Lmurphy@thedrakehouse.org.
At The Drake House, we count how many individuals are in residence on a daily basis. This count is called “bed nights”. This allows us to measure occupancy from month to month and year to year. During 2011, our bed night count surpassed last year’s count by 2087 for a total of 13,793 beds (including cribs) provided to the homeless women and children in residence. That brings our grand total to 64,441 bed nights since our opening in June of 2006. We are so thankful to have The Drake House to welcome these families in need and the support of such a generous community.
The Drake House was blessed with a bountiful holiday season. The staff and families are appreciative of all the groups and individuals that have provided us with donations that allow us to serve our homeless families as we move into 2012. We were touched by the diversity of groups that have become involved with The Drake house from civic organizations, corporations, schools, churches, synagogues, private individuals, scouts, honor societies, estates, and service organizations. The ages of our supporters have been from 5 year-old Andrew to 91 year-old Mrs. Clack.
2012 has already begun to build up steam. We were honored to be able to spend the Martin Luther King Day of Service with over 100 members from two different chapters of Jack and Jill. We have started scheduling service groups through the spring and would love to welcome new and previous groups back to The Drake House.
We would like to recognize the attorneys who are working with us through ProBono Partnerships. Thank you for your time and expertise!
Robyn Miller: ProBono Partnership
Walter Jospin: Paul Hastings
Jeff Firestone: UPS
John Alden: Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
Chuck Rice: Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
Meg Kochuba: Paul Hastings
Bobby Marston: Troutman Sanders
Andy Hepburn: Sony Ericsson
Carolyn Dailey- Secretary
Craig Dryden – VP
Freda Hardage – Pres.
Mary Beth Hyder
Rev. Nancy Lane
Kacy C. Lewis
Karen Pye – Treasurer
Rev. Ollie Wagner
Tedra W. Cheatham
These have been busy summer days at The Drake House! My first quarter at the helm has been great, both in celebration of our 5th anniversary, and getting acquainted with so many wonderful folks who are a part of the Drake House family. We have seen lots of changes over this season, as we welcome Lynn Canty, our new Volunteer & Resource Coordinator, Chris Gilliam, our Career Coach and Christina Drake, our new Family Services Coordinator. Lynn, Chris and Christina bring a wealth of experience to their positions and we hope that you will come by to meet them soon. And when you stop in, you will see our Drake Center makeover beginning to take shape. Thanks to our friends with ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), our office and volunteer areas are being updated with new carpet, paint, custom cabinetry, furnishings and more. We so appreciate the team of designers, vendors and countless volunteers who have been on site to assist!
The Remodelers Council, in partnership with HomeAid Atlanta, was also on site organizing vendors and volunteers to complete various repairs and upgrades around the campus, including our family apartments. And, we are thrilled to have been accepted for a second year to an IFMA (International Facilities Management Association) partnership. With the aging buildings and constant use by our 15 families in residence, there is always a need for maintenance on the property.
We are also happy to announce acceptance by ProBono Partnership for legal and policy review, and also want to send a special thank you to Fulton County and United Way for their continued financial support of The Drake House mission!
We hope to see you at Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin!
It’s almost time for the best ice cream event of the summer! Please join us on Sunday, August 28th from 2 – 4 for the 7th Annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ on the historic Roswell Square. For even more fun, sign up to make your favorite ice cream. We will provide an assigned space, tasting cups, spoons, entertainment, and the ice cream tasters. Bring your homemade ice cream to the square on that day to the event. Liven up your ice cream “shop” with decorations, signs, a canopy, whatever else you can imagine – we’ll take care of the rest. For more information, contact Marybeth Vaughn at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our website www.thedrakehouse.org and click on Events.
You can also support The Drake House and receive valuable exposure for your organization by becoming a sponsor of this family event, which has over 3000 in attendance each year. Please contact Linda Murphy at Lmurphy@thedrakehouse.org for more information.
On behalf of The Drake House families and staff, we would like to thank our wonderful summer volunteer groups.
We couldn’t do what we do without you!!
Are you looking for a meaningful way to serve others? We have just the role for you, serving as a mom or child advocate for residents of The Drake House. After a thorough training class, you will be ready to walk alongside this mom or child to support and encourage them during their stay.
The next training classes are scheduled for Oct 4 at 10:00am and Oct 6 at 6:00pm, at The Drake Center. The classes are 2 hours in length. Please RSVP to Christy should you be interested in attending at email@example.com, or 770-587-4712 X303.
On Saturday, June 18th, The Drake House celebrated 5 years of successfully serving homeless mothers and their children in the north Fulton community. In spite of thunderstorms, many volunteers, community leaders and Drake House supporters came out to show their support. The entire event was planned and sponsored by Kacy Lewis and the Roswell Coldwell Banker group, and music was provided by Cole Thannish. Food was provided by Costco and our grill master and long time volunteer, Duane Thacker, and his First Baptist Roswell team grilled hotdogs for the whole crowd. As strong winds and heavy rain blew in, Mayor Jere Wood presented a proclamation to make June 18th John E. Smith III Day in honor of his seven years of leadership as The Drake House Executive Director. In addition, Georgia State Senator, John Albers presented a proclamation in celebration of the five years that Drake House has been serving homeless families. Thanks, everyone, for your ongoing support!
We like to thank our Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ sponsors!
Hot Fudge Sundae Sponsors
Roswell Presbyterian Church
Roswell United Methodist Church
Shapiro & Swertfeger
Triple Scoop Sponsor
Alpharetta Presbyterian Church
Northminster Presbyterian Church
Double Scoop Sponsors
Muse Salon & Spa
Northbrook United Methodist Church
Rotary Club of Alpharetta
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
Santi & Associates PC
State Bank & Trust Co.
State Farm – Fran Farias
If you are interested in learning more about The Drake House and ways to volunteer please join us for a Volunteer Orientation Meeting on Wednesday September 14, 2011 at 10:00am in The Drake Center or contact Lynn Canty, Volunteer and Resource Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770.587.4712 ext 305.
We have just placed our 200th family! See what some of the families had to say about the benefit of their mentor relationship:
“I had someone to talk with when I felt confused about things or needed advice.”
“I was able to communicate with someone who would give good advice.”
“A friend to talk to and someone to spend time with the boys. They play chess and golf now.”
“Friendship and a church to attend locally.”
“I received emotional support as well as great advice, and most of all friendship.”
“To know that even people who you have never known are willing to lend a helping hand.”
|Board of Directors
Mary Beth Hyder
Rev. Nancy Folsom Lane
Rev. Ollie Wagner
We would like to welcome our new board members!
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Join us for our second annual Drake Walk, a community walk that celebrates family and supports The Drake House programs. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors for a walk through historic Roswell and help homeless mothers and their children get back on their feet. Read More
After serving our country in the Army for 27 years and serving homeless families at HomeStretch and The Drake House for 17 years, John Smith will retire as of May 1st. Read More
28 Aug 2011 – 2:00
Beat the heat with all the ICE CREAM you can eat!
Entertainment ~ Ice Cream Eating Contest ~ Prizes
Crankin’ 2011 event brochure
We would like to thank our sponsors!
Hot Fudge Sundae Sponsors: Verizon Wireless, Shapiro & Swertfeger, Datascan, and Roswell Presbyterian Church]]>
The Holiday Season ushered in a plethora of gifts for Drake House Families. The pantry was replenished thanks to drives conducted by corporate, faith based and civic organizations, and schools…Webb Bridge Middle School collected 30 cartons of food!…and through giving by individuals and families. We received a record number of gift cards to Kroger, WalMart, Publix and Target during December.
These cards are like gold for The Drake House (TDH). They enable our volunteers to purchase fresh food each week and our families are provided with a gift card when special needs arise. Clothing drives
supplied winter outer wear, pajamas, and warm and fuzzies. In addition, comfy quilts and fleece blankets were gifted to Drake House families. The members of the Neighbor to Neighbor program made sure that each family had a Happy Holiday with special gifts and Holiday treats. Families also received a basket of fresh fruit on their doorsteps placed there by some special elves from Roswell High School. Santa arrived at TDH one evening via a Roswell Fire Department fire engine. He visited with Drake House kids, sharing Christmas cheer and gifts provided by the community. Professional photographers Ryan and Kate Flynn took pictures of families with Santa, while Edenwilde Women’s Club helped moms make homemade Holiday gifts.
The New Year started out with a bang for one Drake House family as they were the recipients of a car donated by one of our generous benefactors. Automobile donations help families get back on the road to success and are always welcome and appreciated. If you’d like to donate your car to a family in need of transportation to work and school, please contact Christy Merritt. A
current emissions test is all that is needed to complete this invaluable donation.
A knock came to The Drake House door the morning of Oct. 20, and a staff member opened the door to find that Christmas, not Halloween, had come early. Two young ladies with balloons, a big red envelope and a backpack filled with Spanx products cried, “Surprise! The Drake House is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Sara Blakely Foundation, Spanx Inc.” Executive Director John Smith, Development Director Linda Murphy and Resource Manager Sandy McKinney stood amazed a few seconds until they realized that this wasn’t a joke. In celebration of Spanx’s 10th anniversary, the Sara Blakely Foundation, Spanx, Inc. and the Atlanta Women’s Foundation awarded 10 metro Atlanta nonprofits that serve women and girls grants of $10,000 each. The Atlanta Women’s Foundation had contacted each nonprofit and told staff to expect a visit, but the foundation did not tell the recipients the purpose of the upcoming visit.
I do not know if you remember me but I just wanted to let you know that after all my hard work and dedication I am finally going to be a habitat home owner. I am so excited about it. The kids are also very excited as well. We lived at The Drake House around (May 2008 to Nov 2008) if my dates are correct. I thank you and The Drake House for all the support and time that you have contributed to my family and helping us along this path to excellence. Everything I did to better the lives for my kids and I have paid off.
A Drake House
Note: This is the second TDH Graduate Family to receive a Habitat for Humanity Home.