HomeAid Atlanta recently announced the recipient for the 2013 Builder of the Year during the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s (GAHBA) Installation and Awards Program. This year’s winner, Mike Smith of Harcrest Homes, is a devoted builder advocate for HomeAid Atlanta and its mission to provide housing for the temporarily homeless.

The award for Builder of the year was presented during HomeAid Atlanta’s eighth annual awards ceremony during the GAHBA Installation and Awards on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Villa Christina. In addition to the Builder of the Year award, HomeAid Atlanta also presented awards to honor the trade partner and volunteer of the year. Each award recipient is chosen by HomeAid Atlanta’s board of directors and staff, and they are selected based on their service and commitment to HomeAid. Each recipient is knowledgeable and passionate about HomeAid Atlanta’s mission and they are committed to improving Atlanta’s homeless crisis.

Dale McCain-Boyd, the president of HomeAid Atlanta, said “It is both a privilege and an honor to recognize our award winners for their selfless and generous contributions. I read that ‘the quality of your life will be determined by the quality of your contribution’, and we are so grateful that they chose to make a difference through HomeAid. We thank them and celebrate all that they have done to further advance our mission in 2013.”

Mike Smith has been involved with HomeAid Atlanta through various projects, including HomeAid Care Days and the Project Playhouse. In addition, he is the current volunteer builder captain for HomeAid Atlanta’s build project at Rainbow Village in Duluth. Smith has already dedicated months of planning to this project, and there are many more months to go before it is completed. Together, Smith and Harcrest Homes are both active members of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, where he previously served as the 2011 President of the GAHBA. Smith is also the current president of the Housing Institute, which awards qualified builders with the designation of being a Certified Professional Home Builder.

HomeAid Atlanta was founded in 2001 as a nonprofit organization working in partnership with the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, and it is a local chapter of HomeAid Atlanta, a leading national provider of transitional housing for the temporarily homeless. HomeAid builds new lives for homeless families and individual through housing and community outreach. To date, HomeAid Atlanta has completed 16 housing developments that serve the temporarily homeless and more than 20 community service projects have been completed through the HomeAid Cares program. For more information about HomeAid Atlanta, visit www.HomeAidAtlanta.org.

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