SQUARE FOOT MINISTRY HISTORY:
Square Foot Ministry (SFM) was founded in 2002 in Fayetteville, Georgia and is a faith-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The founders were anxious to put their faith into action through construction projects aimed at helping low income individuals and families attain safe, healthy homes.
The first home build in 2002 was near the town square in Fayetteville for a single grandmother who was raising her grandchildren in a home that had been condemned due to an unsafe and collapsing structure. Square Foot Ministry rallied local churches, civic organizations and businesses to volunteer and donate, and within six weeks a new home was built for this family.
Since that time the Lord has called SFM to expand our reach and impact in the south metro Atlanta area and beyond. With the support of thousands of partners, volunteers and donors, other notable projects we have been blessed to be a part of include:
Home Building-Neighborhood Transformation:
In the Fairmont Community of Griffin, Georgia:
Built 15 new homes and provided homeownership to 15 families (mostly single-working mothers with children)
Built the Compassion House– a shelter for women that provides support and education
Built the IMPACT Ministry Children’s Playpark on Kentucky Avenue
Built an addition to the Abundant Life Food Bank
Other Home Builds:
Framed 30 houses in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina
Built 3 homes for disabled veterans in Georgia
Built a home in Port St Joe FL for an elderly man whose home was destroyed in Hurricane Michael in 2018 – more building to come in this area in 2021
Learn more here.
Partnering with other non-profit organizations:
Built a new facility for Fayette Samaritans, a local food and clothes pantry serving at –risk individuals and families in Fayette County, GA
Built an addition to Promise Place, a safe house for victims of domestic violence
Built a facility for the Fayette Pregnancy Resource Center – a counseling center for women in crisis pregnancy
Built a new facility for the Fayette Counseling Center – mental health services provider
Built shelving and other structures for Clothes Less Traveled – a thrift store that sends their profits to help support other charitable organizations
Built an addition to A Better Way Ministries home – a residential treatment program for young men with substance abuse
Built a food bank facility for Hope Tree Ministries in Barnesville, GA
Learn more here.
Build ramps for qualified seniors and/or handicap individuals:
Building wheelchair ramps for homeowners in need
Exterior porch repair or reconstruction
IMPACT Youth Service Week:
Started in 2003, IMPACT provides local youth with service opportunity that has included home builds, remodeling and clean-up of community and non-profit facilities, and interaction with families and children in at-risk communities.
Typically held in early June, IMPACT is often the first faith-based service project that many of these youth have participated in. The number of participants has been as high as 400 with plenty of adult supervision!
Learn more here.
SQUARE FOOT MINISTRY TEAM:
We have an amazing group of volunteer board members that continually provide guidance, support and effort to our organization. Square Foot Ministry would not be who or where it is today without each and every member. We are so grateful for all that they do.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM:
Tim Aycock - Board President
Tim serves as president and chairs the Community Support Team for Square Foot Ministry. Drawing from his 25 years of experience as a psychologist, he integrates behavioral economics in our ministry with the Squarefoot homeowners.
Alfred Berry - Board Vice President/Secretary
Alfred retired from the City of Atlanta after 30+ years in the Department of Finance and the Atlanta City Council. He currently serves on several boards including the City’s General Employee’s Pension Plan Investment Board and the Credit Union of Atlanta.
Ron Fairley - Executive Director
Ron joined Square Foot Ministry in October 2022 after serving with Restoration Storehouse Center in Rockdale county. He has over 15 years experience in nonprofit management including construction, partnership development, disaster response and poverty alleviation. Prior to that Ron lead technology projects for a Fortune 500 company and served in the United States marine Corp.
Craig Cote - Board Treasurer
Craig joined the board several years ago and became Treasurer at the start of 2022. He has been involved with SFM as a volunteer since the inception of the ministry. Craig is a professional pilot and works with Delta Airlines based out of Atlanta.
Jeff Williams - Immediate Past Executive Director
Jeff has been involved with SFM for over 15 years and most recently served for five years as Executive Director. Jeff spent 37 years in sales, marketing and general management in the healthcare industry and is currently a consultant in that market.
Kevin McCormick - Project Manager
Kevin has been involved with SFM for over 15 years. He has 38 years of experience in the marketing and construction industries, including work with Habitat for Humanity. He also owns his own construction company.