Habitat for Humanity of Hall County is looking for volunteers to work at its ReStore thrift shop helping stock inventory, provide customer service, repair furniture, deliver goods and more. For more information, call 678-450-5998 ext. 1005, or email email@example.com. The ReStore is located at 975 Chestnut St. in Gainesville and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Habitat for Humanity of Hall County: Highlights from 2016
• Closed on house No. 51
• Placed families in homes No. 52, 53, 54 and 55
• Broke ground on house No. 56
• Houses No. 57, 58, 59 are on build schedule
• Diverted 204 tons of usable materials from the landfill
• Deployed more than 1,500 volunteers
“I got some big high heels to fill,” said Tim Williams, the new executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Hall County.
He’s not exaggerating.
Habitat of Hall has developed one of the more stellar reputations of any local nonprofit thanks in many respects to the leadership of Ann Nixon, who has taken the organization over the last four years through its biggest and most successful period of growth — including the acquisition of the Copper Glen subdivision off Baker Road near Ga. 60/Candler Road where Habitat is developing 21 homes, plus a walking trail and community garden, on 42 donated acres.
Habitat of Hall has now provided affordable homeownership to 55 families.
“Ann has led us to new understandings for the necessity of a safe, decent home for every person if we are to become the community we want to be,” said Tom Jones, an ambassador-at-large for Habitat International who resides in Gainesville.
Jones said he believes Nixon is among the very best professionals in the entire Habitat family, which includes 1,400 affiliates across 70 countries.
Now Williams is ready to continue this legacy with the full faith and confidence of Nixon. In fact, Nixon brought Williams on board as the organization’s building director almost four years ago knowing he had the work ethic and interpersonal chops for a job that serves lower-income families.
Williams brings his own wealth of experience to the top job, including stints as the local and state president of the Home Builders Association of Georgia, as well as running a private building and remodeling firm prior to joining Habitat.
Williams said his new role entails getting the organization’s mission out to the community, fundraising and internal management.
“My focus has always been on the homeowner,” he said, “and now is more on developing community partnerships.”
Raising awareness, conducting outreach and ensuring Habitat continues to fill its mission is a challenge Williams is ready to undertake. His passion and commitment to the cause is already unquestioned.
Williams said Habitat is ready to break ground on three more homes in the Copper Glen subdivision as soon as weather permits this winter.
He said he expects to finish building another five homes this year and has several events in the works to help grow the organization financially while solidifying its volunteer base.
Williams said he would also continue to advocate for affordable housing as he has done previously before local governing boards, such as the Hall County Commission and local public health department.
“That’s really where the rubber meets the road,” he said. “We are set up to really go forward with great growth.”