Building Memories in Hall County

Akin, along with the 2013 Habitat High School Class and their instructor Rodney Pressley, helping a family break ground on their new home.

Jackson EMC sponsors Habitat for Humanity programs in the counties we serve.

Robert Akin, Gainesville District residential marketing rep., served as the 2012 president of Habitat for Humanity of Hall County. He has been actively involved with the organization and served on the board for three years.

Working daily with builders and developers, it was a natural fit for Akin to become involved with Habitat for Humanity. Through his leadership, the Habitat program, along with Habitat High, has constructed six homes since 2010, with another nine approved families waiting on homes.

Habitat High is a program where advanced construction students from participating Hall County high schools actually build homes. They get real life job experience in the homebuilding industry and are taught about the benefit of giving back to their community. “This program teaches interested students all aspects of home construction. At the same time, it’s putting deserving families in homes,” says Akin.

Robert’s knowledge, experience and current work position got him involved with Habitat. The service it provides and the out pouring of community support keeps him involved. One of the most recent houses built was a combination of Habitat High and local churches. “We’re truly blessed at the generosity of this community. They give so freely of their time, talents and funding,” Akin adds.     

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit organization seeking the elimination of poverty housing and homelessness from the world.  While sharing the Habitat International mission and goals, Habitat for Humanity Hall County works to promote home ownership, with volunteers building houses in partnership with local residents in need of adequate housing. Find out more at www.habitathallcounty.org.