Community

Community commitment is a core value here at Pinkerton & Laws. We are proud to be involved in numerous community-minded organizations. Encouraging our employees to actively seek ways to give back and promote family and teamwork is upmost important. The following are organizations Pinkerton & Laws team with to help make a difference.

 

MARIETTA — A chorus of “thank yous” and an abundance of wide smiles were present at a Marietta residence as a group of Habitat for Humanity officials and volunteers welcomed the Ayele family to their new home. On Sunday, Senait Ayele received keys to a 1,450-square-foot home built by the NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition.

NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, a Christian-based nonprofit housing organization that builds and rehabilitates homes. The Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition is a group of 13 faith-based organizations that provides volunteers and funding to build homes. The organizations include First United Lutheran Church of Kennesaw, Bethany United Methodist Church in Smyrna, East Cobb Islamic Center, Faith United Methodist Church, Islamic Center of Marietta, Log Cabin Community Church, Smyrna First United Methodist Church, St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church. St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Temple Kol Emeth, Unity North Atlanta Church, and Pinkerton & Laws, a Marietta-based general contractor.

As her 4-year old son happily explored the new home, Ayele said she was very grateful for the support and kindness she and her two children have received. “Habitat gave me a lot of help,” she said. “I’m very, very happy for me and my children. Everyone at all the churches and Ms. Marianne Snyder, (NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity family resources director) and Ms. JJ Currie (NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity family resources coordinator) are very nice people. I always have good communication with them.” With the help of volunteers and sponsorships, the Atlanta organization builds homes, similar to Ayele’s, in eight weeks. Volunteers began building the Marietta home on June 27. Families are selected through a “rigorous” application process and are required to put 200 hours of “sweat equity” into building other familes’ houses, as well as their own, before receiving keys to their home, according to David McGinnis, president and CEO of NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.

“The partnership agreement is they understand there are certain things that they have to abide by,” he said. “We do not give the house away. They purchase the house but they purchase the house with principal only. They don’t pay any interest.

There is a very tight screening and selection process. They have to agree to partner with us and abide by the rules and regulations that we have, and in return, we get to minister to them.” Representatives from the 13 faith-based organizations lined the inside of the home to present Ayele and her family with various housewarming gifts. During the ceremony, volunteers presented Ayele with a golden hammer and a Bible, in addition to keys to the house.

McGinnis said Sunday’s dedication was more than presenting the home, it was about giving hope. “The celebration service is always special,” McGinnis said. It’s a celebration of hope. Our mission statement says, ‘Seeking to put the love of Jesus Christ into action.’ We bring people together to build houses, community and hope. As you see, we build a good house. We complement the community. But the real factor is building the hope of the family.” While Sunday marked the completion of one project, NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity held a ceremony Saturday to kick off the build of another Cobb home. The organization broke ground on a Powder Springs home for Donnell Davis, an Army veteran and father of two. Davis’ home is scheduled to be completed Nov 7.

Surrounded by Habitat for Humanity officials and volunteers, Senait Ayele and her family stand outside their new home in Marietta on Sunday.

Representatives from the 13 faith-based organizations that comprise the Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition also gathered to welcome the family. The coalition and its partner, NW Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, provide volunteers and funding to build homes in eight weeks.