Annual Report 19-20/20-21

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Our Mission Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity Inc. seeks to put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, community and hope Our Vision A world where has a decent place to liveeveryone Our Principles Demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ Focus on shelter Advocate for affordable housing Promote dignity and hope Support sustainable and transformative development 1

Table of Contents Mission, Vision and Principles A Letter from the CEO and President Impact Report Housing Report Donors Changing of the Guard Audit Report Board of Directors 2 4 1 7 3 5 15 11 19

Zerik Samples

Jed Young


Each generation has their own pivotal moment, but it is less about what that moment held as it is abouthowtheyrespondedtoit

Zerik Samples, CEO Jed Young, President

Growing up in the 2000s, historic events such as four coordinated suicide terrorist attacks carried out by the Islamic extremist network Al Qaeda against the United States, well known as 9/11 and then the election of our first African American president, Barack Obama, made an indelible impression on me For the children growing upduring thepast decade,thepandemicisthehistoricevent,whichwill,inso many ways,shapetheir generation

Fiscal year 20 & 21 found us, like so many others, operating under the strain and uncertainty of the COVID 19 pandemic. And yet our mission has never felt as relevant nor as urgent as it does now. As the prolonged economic effects of this pandemic continue to play out, we are reminded that too many people do not have a safe,affordablehomeinwhichtoweatherthestorm

It is indeed our privilege to present the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity 2020 & 2021 Annual Reports.

A Letter from the CEO and President

Our build sites, although modified from past years with added safety features and protocols related to the pandemic, have been vibrant, filled with volunteers ready to serve! The homes have continued to be built; the relationships with volunteers and future Habitat homeowners continue to be forged; and the life changing opportunity for homeownership continues to be provided Thank you for being a part of the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity and for being a part of a cause that brings people together to build homes, community, and hope. The spirit and commitment of this generation will navigate through our historical time with an even greaterpurposeandadeeperunderstandingofhowwecanbeunitedinservingoneanother.

Habitat Savannah has continued to keep these people at the forefront of our minds as we find new, creative ways to keep serving our community As new obstacles arise limited volunteers on site, soaring lumber prices, a labor shortage we continue to find new ways to innovate and grow so that we can not only serve morefamilies,butservethembetter

Onthejobsite ConstructionHours ReStore,OfficeandEventVolunteers VolunteerHours volunteers704 3,504 555 1,690 2020 2020 Impact Report 4 Onthejobsite ConstructionHours ReStore,OfficeandEventVolunteers VolunteerHours volunteers250 246 216 745 2021 2021

2021 2021 Housing Report 2020 2020 31 6 4 NNewHome ewHomes HomeRepairs HomeRepairs 5

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Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, Bank of America, Bouhan Falligant, CASA, Courtney Knight Gains Foundation, Federal Home Loan Bank, Gulfstream Aero Corp, Habitat for Humanity International, Halstead, Ikea, Metro Rotary, Robert Miller, Nichia, Publix Super Market Charities, Inc, Republic Services, Robert Fisher, Savannah Benevolent Association, Schneider, St Thomas Episcopal Church Thrift Center, Tarkett, Terracon, The Dunn Foundation, Inc , Valspar, Wells Fargo Foundation, Whirlpool, Yale Clara Foundation, Isle of Hope United Methodist Church, JCB, Inc., Jeff Kole, Lowe’s, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Port City Logistics, Regions Bank, Savannah Air Factory, Savannah Community Foundation, Simpson Strong Tie, St. James Catholic Church, Wayne White Acme Brick, Berman Borello Charitable Gift Fund, Patrick Connor, Container Source, Dale Yawn, Eastern Excavating, Erickson Associates Foundation, Evicore Healthcare, Facebook, Georgia Power, Marilee Gilbert, Herrman Family Trust, Image Hotels, Kirkland Flooring, Nest, Mark Piven, Savannah Drywall, Schneider, Jennifer Scurry, Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, SRM Concrete, John Tatum, Harold Tessendorf, TLC, Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church, White Bluff Presbyterian Church, Debra Wynn, Yates Astro Advanced Business Systems Corp, Angels of Mercy, AVT Inc, CarMax Foundation, Choate Construction, Communities of Coastal Georgia Fund, Carol Cappola, Corporate Message Services, Inc., Cumulus, Davis Corporate Services, Sherwood Ebey, Ellen Byck, First Presbyterian Church, Glisson Land Surveying, KBRS, Guoming Lin, Momentum Resources, Andrea Penrod, Renfroe Outdoor Advertising, Sandpiper Supply, Rebecca Sasser, Sterling Seacrest, Janet Stone, Thomas & Hutton, Geoff Turner, Anthony Turpin, UVA

Developer Revitalizer




Captain Pilar

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Acacia Lodge, AIA Savannah, Beacon Roofing Supply, Benevity Fund, Blusite Solutions, Susan Burns, Simone Calvert, Coastal Closet, Comcast Foundation, Pamela Connor, Thomas Cullen, Anne Dark, Matthew Eckstine, Eichholz Law Firm, EMC Engineering Services, Bill Ewbank, Alison Garnjost, Grainger Honda, Jimmie Gross, Nancy Hanson, Heather Harmon, Adam Hess, Home Depot Charity, Jenkins Family Charitable Fund, Clarissa Knight, Nancy Lazard, Eric McManus, Oglethorpe Mall, Terry Overton, Ellen Patterson, Rick Ricci, Rotary Club of Savannah, S&C Alexander Family Giving Fund, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Natalie Schiavone, Southern Moose Investments, Technical Consultancy Intenational, Harold R Tessendorf, The Chelsea Phillips Group, Thrivent, Unitarian Universalist Church, West Construction, Stephen Wuori, James Young, Young’s Electric Jade Aaron, AmazonSmiles, Laura Ballock, BB&T Scott & Stringfellow, Bruce Beier, Christy Bowen, Gillian Brown, Alexis Chambers, Charities Aid Foundation, Daryl Chubin, Rebecca Clarkson, Construction Project Specialist, Inc., Cornwell & Stevens LLC, Cree, Cybergrants, Dot & Read DeHaven, Brenda DeLotell, Laurie deVegter, Dot Evans, Nancy Ford, Savannah Foxx, William Freeman, Mark Grainger, Nicole Griffith, Martha Harrell, Michelle Hodges, HunterMaclean, Sarah Jansen, Craig Kessler, Moses Laffitte, Katherine Moretz, Latha Parathasarathi, Theresa Payne, Robin Perrtree, Queensborough Bank, Amber Ragan, Arlene Ratner, Brett Ratner, Jennifer Ratner, RHUMC Preschool, Chris Roulo, Seacrest Partners, Bruce Smith, Steven Smith, Krista Tressler, Leonella Vaquer, W Bernard Doyle Giving Fund, Jamie Walker, Mary White, Angela Williamson, Perry Zittrau



Appraisal and Consulting Group, Inc , KBTS, Inc, Family Promise, Ram Tools, Port City Logistics, Ray Nease, Robert Brannen, JR , Choate Construction Company

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Developer Neighborhood Revitalizer

Savannah Area Realtors, Regions Bank, St James Catholic Church, HFHISwampneel Parmar, Georgia Realtors

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Habitat for Humanity International, Publix Super Market Charities


Memorial Health UMC Savannah, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Terracon Habitat for Humanity International GIK and AFF, Suntrust, Bank of America, Mr. and Mrs James Dwyer, Jeff Kole, Robert Miller

Swedish Match North America LLC

Block Captain Mark Piven, Kirk Gilbert, The Savannah Community Foundation Inc., West Construction, Thrivent Choice, Isle of Hope United Methodist Church, Thomas and Hutton, Mindy Motlagh, Julie Villines, Mr and Mrs Robert Ernest, Janet Stone, Patrick C Connor

The American Online Giving Foundation, Keisha Flemister, Charities Aid Foundation America , Kerrie Smith, Honey Baked Ham, Mu Phi Chapter Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Cathy Colasanto, Pirate House Restaurant, Shots by Somi, Matt Clements, Enmark, Krispy Kreme, Greg Maloof, Rick and Elizabeth Gowthrop, Ellen R Byck

Donors 2021

Donald and Claudia Mills, Harold and Karen Tessendorf, Christopher Smith, Anne Dark, Savannah Drywall, Christopher and Jennifer Roach, Target Distribution Center, Briena Palmer, The Eichholz Law Firm, P C , Matthew Schivera, Matthew Allan, Target Victory Drive, Faron King, Sarah Schenkman, Susan Burns, Alison K Garnjost, Elizabeth Harris, W Bernard Doyle, Jennifer Strickland, Brinda Robertson, Terry Overton, Kenneth and Nancy Hanson, Dozier Wayne Lee Jr, Rose M. Romano, Kathleen McGuire, Jean Lorenson, Lola Hanna, John and Laura Rutkowski

Jewish Educational Alliance, First Presbyterian Church

Jed Young, Kathleen OSullivan, Sonja Jonas, Amazon Smile, Christy Lax, Steve, Wheelock, Tim Steinhauser, Richard Coyle, Bill Ewbank, Jeffrey Pilley, Herbert and Dixie HilderbrandRebuplic Services Foundation, Chris Letsinger, Blackbaud Giving Fund, Charities Aid Foundation of America, Katy O'Day, Jody Riddle, Benevity Fund



CoastalEmpireHabitatforHumanitywantstothankHaroldforhisworktowardsaffordable homeownershipandcommitmenttobuildinghomes,community,andhope.Wewishyouall

This includes two decades leading Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Georgia and well as serving on the boards of established and start up nonprofits 16 of those years were with other affiliates in the state of Georgia. Harold served four faithful years with Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity. In that time, Harold and his team closed the first zero equivalent Habitat mortgage in Georgia with Synovus Bank.The ReStore and office were consolidated so that they are all under one roof at 701 MLK Jr. Blvd in downtown Savannah. He also secured the first CHIP grant to build affordable homeownership units in Garden City, thereby expanding CEHFH's service area to include both the City of Savannah and Garden City and rebranding CEHFH as serving the entire Chatham County. Harold reengaged the Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah to participate in 2 Home Builder Blitzs in 2017 and 2019, resulting in the construction of 6 new homes He also completed one and secured two additional Neighborhood revitalization grants from Republic Services to partner with Garden City Government and neighborhoods to improve neighborhood parks, the Rossignol Hill Community Center, and the State Farmers Market.

As Habitat for Humanity representative, Harold served on the incorporating committee and first Board of Directors of the Coastal Empire Disaster Recovery Committee (CEDRC) and on the organizing committee for the Chatham County Affordable Housing Coalition.

Harold Tessendorf


Executive Director, May 2016 - July 2020


Harold Tessendorf is an experienced mediator and executive-level leader with a demonstrated history of working in the non profit and community economic development sectors in South Africa, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Haiti and the USA.


“This opportunity is the change of a lifetime to give back to the community I love” said Samples who is no stranger to the Savannah area. He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University, formerly Armstrong Atlantic State University His ultimate goal is is to be an advocate for the community, helping people help themselves and each other. Samples is a member of Savannah Metro Rotary Club, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and Hope City Church of Savannah. He was designated a Rising Leader by the Brunswick NAACP, is in Georgia Southern University’s 40 under 40 class of 2020, Leadership Savannah Graduate of 2021, and recently received the George and Lucy Armstrong Award from Georgia Southern University.

Zerik Samples


CEO September 2020 Present

“Samples fit the profile we were looking for perfectly”, said Jed Young, Board Chair “He’s tenacious, and passionate about improving the lives of families in the community. I’m excited for our next phase.” Before transitioning to Savannah Habitat, Samples was Chief Development Officer of Coastal Georgia Community Action, in Brunswick.

After the retirement of Howard Tessendorf, the Board of Directors conducted a national search only to find their new leader at home in Southeast Georgia.

During his tenure he built strong relationships in their nine county service area, revamped the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Breakfast; earned the stakeholder support of Congressman Buddy Carter and international TV personalities Judge Glenda Hatchet and the Rev Dr Clifton Davis Samples also helped to secure more than $2 million dollars in grants and contributions for the agency.

Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity thanks Zerik for his passion, commitment and further implement of the mission of Habitat.


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Board of Directors 2020 2020 2021 2021 Brett Lundy Bill Anderson Matthew Schivera Eric McManus Leonard Jones Josh Brooks Guy Davidson Pam Veiock Carol Coppola Steve Wheelock Tim Steinhauser John Tatum Kirk Gilbert Parla Parker Brett Lundy Bill Anderson Matthew Schiver Eric McManus Leonard Jones Josh Brooks Guy Davidson Carol Coppola Steve Wheelock John Tatum Kirk Gilbert Dwayne Stephens Edward Gresham Jennifer Roach Joy Dunigan Kevan Jackson Building homes, community and Bhope. uilding homes, community and hope. 18

For a community to be whole and healthy it must be based on people's love and concern for each other. -Millard Fuller, Founder of Habitat for Humanity

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