AREF HomeAid ATL Essentials Drive

Atlanta’s home building community supports the 22nd Annual Essentials Drive

HomeAid Atlanta’s 22nd Annual Essentials Drive wrapped up just in time for Mother’s Day, delivering essential baby items to families in need. Throughout the month of April, members of Atlanta’s home building industry and the general community donated diapers, baby wipes, and funds to help families experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. HomeAid recognizes how challenging it can be for families and individuals to provide for their most basic needs during times of crisis and transition. Babies can go through 8-12 diapers a day, and the average monthly cost of diapers for one child is $80. Many families experiencing homelessness or economic hardship must improvise to make diapers last longer, changing diapers less often, or even attempting to clean and reuse disposable diapers.

AREF HomeAid ATL Essentials DriveAlong with countless individuals who donated baby items, these local organizations collected donations of diapers and baby wipes internally and/or served as Essentials Drive Drop-Off locations throughout April:

Ameris Bank

Ashton Woods

Bank of America

BankSouth Mortgage

Buckingham Properties

Cherokee County Vets

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Scottish Rite TICU

CORE Property Capital

D.R. Horton West

Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association

Juneau Construction Company


Northview Church

Pinnacle Financial Partners

Rockhaven Homes

SouthState Bank

Taylor Morrison

AREF HomeAid ATL Essentials Drive

On May 10, these organizations delivered their collected donations to Longo Custom Builders’ warehouse in Smyrna. The following day, more than 30 volunteers sorted, counted, and packed approximately 200,000 items at the warehouse. On May 12, donations were delivered just in time for Mother’s Day, thanks to UPS, BankSouth Mortgage, and O’Kelley & Sorohan, Attorneys at Law. This year’s Essentials Drive donations supplied baby items for these 27 local nonprofits providing housing and services for families in need:

4Sarah, Inc

Atlanta Children’s Shelter

Atlanta Mission

CEEK To Fulfill

City of Refuge

Crossroads Community Ministries

Forsyth County Family Haven

Gateway House

Helping Mamas

Family Promise of Hall County

Family Promise of North Fulton/DeKalb

Motherhood Beyond Bars

MUST Ministries

New American Pathways

Nicholas House

North Fulton Community Charities

Our House

Phoenix Pass

Rainbow Village

Serenade Heights

Sheltering Grace Ministry

Solomon’s Temple Foundation, Inc.

The Drake House

The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta

The Salvation Army Red Shield Services

Wellroot Family Services

Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence

Auvronette Guilbeaux, Phoenix Pass Executive Director, remarked, “The Essentials Drive provides baby products that would otherwise be a hardship between paydays for our moms. One mom said that she felt like a burden had been lifted because she did not have to choose between diapers and other baby products for her daughters.  Another mom felt like it was truly a Mother’s Day gift because without having to buy diapers, she had a little more money in her account to save.”

HomeAid Atlanta is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001, with a mission to help people experiencing or at risk of homelessness build new lives through construction, community engagement, and education. HomeAid builds, renovates, and maintains facilities for nonprofits serving people experiencing homelessness. HomeAid has completed over 170 construction projects at locations for victims of domestic violence, teen mothers, veterans and more, utilizing connections with building industry professionals and community organizations. HomeAid also provides essential items like diapers, wipes, and hygiene products to those affected by homelessness. HomeAid is the designated charity of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. Learn more at

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