Meet Our Volunteers

We couldn't have the impact that we do without all of our hard-working, dependable, and committed volunteers! We will be posting our volunteer spotlights on this page to honor our volunteers who have served NCHFH and our community in exceptional ways.

Peter Hendrick

Peter Hendrick has been volunteering with Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity since July of 2019. After serving as a volunteer firefighter for nearly 20 years and a career in marketing and sales, Peter sought a new volunteer opportunity when he moved to Fayetteville. He chose NCHFH because he could use his skills, give back to his community, and tap into his home renovation passion.

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The Roberts Road project was Peter’s first NCHFH volunteer experience, and he began helping with construction after the framing was finished all the way through the final prep. His goal is to help volunteers feel like they have truly contributed to the cause and hopefully walk away with a skill which will help them in their own home.

Even when Peter is not swinging hammers with us, he enjoys “home-based” renovation and restoration projects – his tools never get a rest! Peter and his wife have renovated over 14 homes together, yet he says that on nearly every NCHFH project he walks away with an acquired or enhanced skill he has yet to experience on his personal projects. He and his wife also enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Peter’s words of wisdom to others who are considering volunteering: “No matter your skill set or capability, you will make a contribution to the NCHFH cause. More importantly, you will increase your personal home management capability from the projects you work on and the team members you are partnered with. Not to mention, you get a chance to meet and work with some truly awesome people!”

Thank you, Peter, for your dedication to our mission and our volunteers!

Jeff Turner

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Jeff Turner has been volunteering with Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity since January of 2020. In high school and college, Jeff framed and remodeled homes. As a homeowner and rental property owner, he has enjoyed doing his own home improvement projects. After retiring, Jeff was searching for a way to give back to his community and fill his time. Habitat was a perfect fit! He first joined NCHFH wanting to build houses. Awaiting build opportunities, he volunteers at the ReStore in the lighting department and helps with Brush with Kindness projects. Jeff has also assisted with landscaping and signage for our East Broad Estates development.

When he’s not swinging hammers or helping out in the ReStore, Jeff is a family guy. He enjoys spending time with his two adult children, their children (one grandbaby and one on the way!) and his dogs. He also cares for his in-laws. His hobbies include traveling, ancestry and golfing.

 

Here are some words of wisdom Jeff has for others who are considering volunteering: “If you have a heart to help, there is nothing more rewarding than allowing your time, talent, and treasure to benefit those who are less fortunate. Be it helping someone in the ReStore or restoring someone’s home in a Brush with Kindness project – it all starts with a heart to help.”

Thank you, Jeff, for using your time, talent, and treasure to help others!

Larry & Rita Wilson

Larry and Rita Wilson began volunteering with Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity in 2000. From our location in Senoia to Highway 16, Pine Road, and then finally to our current location on Bullsboro Drive, the Wilsons were faithful regular volunteers up until late 2019. Together, the Wilsons assisted at the first location with customer support. Larry rode with the Habitat ReStore driver

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helping with donation pickups and did mechanical and maintenance work in the ReStore. Rita was a cashier, worked in the back room, and the Affiliate Office.

The Wilsons chose to make NCHFH their volunteer home because they felt it was a good fit for their respective talents and they found it to be a worthwhile organization that helps with a hand up, not a hand out. “Volunteering with this organization gave us a great sense of purpose in realizing the little bit we could do DOES make a difference in our community and for those who are in the Homes program.”

 

In their spare time, the Wilsons enjoy physical fitness, local travel, eating in local restaurants to support their community, reading, and gardening. They enjoy a weekly breakfast with their Eastern Airline friends and Rita enjoys monthly dinners with past Habitat volunteers.

 

Here are some words of wisdom from Larry and Rita to others who are considering volunteering: “Consider volunteering your time; the sense of satisfaction in realizing we can make a difference no matter how small our contribution (especially time). Tasks assigned can be a learning experience for the work that a person has never done previously.”

Dennis Yokers

Dennis began volunteering with Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity in December 2011 at the Pine Road location. After working for 35 years at a factory in northern Illinois making switches for Honeywell, he moved to Newnan in 2010. He feels that his decision to volunteer at the ReStore was a calling that came from his heart.

For two years at the ReStore on Pine Road, Dennis’ primary role was assisting customers with flooring, windows, and doors. He then

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became a regular assistant to the driver, picking up and dropping off donations. Currently, he helps in the lighting department.

The highlight of Dennis' volunteer experience has been going out on the truck and meeting different kinds of people. He enjoys building relationships with people and being helpful. Specifically, he enjoyed going out of his way to help people who were elderly.

In his spare time, Dennis enjoys woodworking. He makes cabinets, tables, picture frames, and trivets and likes to give them as gifts. He and his wife live in Newnan part-time and also have a second home in Wisconsin, where they visit family for a few months out of each year.

Here are some words of wisdom Dennis has for others who are considering volunteering: “Volunteer because you want to, not because you have to. Do the best you can.”

Thank you, Dennis, for your many years of faithful service to NCHFH and our community!

Theresa James

Theresa has been volunteering with Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity since July 2015. She chose to volunteer because she loves helping and giving back to the community, and she especially appreciated that the entire team shared the same passion.

The housewares section of the ReStore is where Theresa chooses to spend her time almost every Saturday, organizing and beautifying the shelves. She takes such ownership of the area that we affectionately refer to it as T’s Row! Theresa believes that if someone can see something displayed neatly on the shelves or displayed on a piece of furniture, they can more easily envision it in their own home.

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Theresa’s favorite part of volunteering is when she finishes a display that she’s particularly proud of and someone purchases it immediately, although she will make jokes saying, “I just finished that display!” always with a smile on her face and in her heart. She views it as her way of helping with the mission and enjoys seeing it happen before her eyes. Since she’s at a computer all day for work, she enjoys getting to move around, express herself, and get others excited about new treasures.

 

When she’s not volunteering, Theresa is a paralegal with the Taylor English Duma law firm in Atlanta, GA, where she’s worked for 26 years. She also enjoys spending time with her family, boyfriend, and friends. She loves enjoying their adventures with or through them when they’re together.

 

Theresa’s words of wisdom to others who are considering volunteering: “Regardless of what capacity you volunteer, when you meet someone that has been helped by the mission – put a face to a final product – it changes you. You get a real feel for what they went through and where they are. And what was a blessing to them is now a blessing for all. It’s just an amazing feeling.”