Groundbreaking at Phoenix Pass
Supporters of HomeAid Atlanta and Phoenix Pass were in high spirits on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the groundbreaking ceremony kicking off construction of the next phase of the Phoenix Pass complex on the 27-acre campus of Light House Village in Conyers. Speakers included Randall S. Mills, Mayor of Conyers; HomeAid Atlanta board president, Alec Rickenbaker; Phoenix Pass board chair, Andrea Hill; HomeAid Builder Captain, John Cooper of Cooper Homes; David Schimming of D.R. Horton and Tequoyah Newkirk, a graduate of Phoenix Pass. Jeff Beech, President of Light House Village, blessed the project.
HomeAid builder captain John Cooper of Cooper Homes will begin construction on the new eight-unit apartment building in the coming weeks. The Phoenix Pass complex will eventually accommodate up to 90 people at any given time, providing housing for up to two years along with case management, a mentorship program, life skills classes and aftercare programs.
HomeAid worked with Phoenix Pass to complete the first eight-unit apartment building and light house shaped community center in 2010. The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation contributed $60,000 to the 2010 building project and has committed to an additional $60,000 to the construction of the new apartment building, as well as an addition to the community center.
HomeAid board members and friends at the Phoenix Pass groundbreaking: (L-R) Jody Horne, Atlanta Glass & Mirror; John Cooper, Cooper Homes; Mandy Crater, HomeAid Atlanta Executive Director; David Schimming, D.R. Horton; Alec Rickenbaker, HomeAid Board Chair; David Ellis, Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association; Jean Hilyard, HomeAid Atlanta; Cecily Stevens, HomeAid Atlanta