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Rapper Rick Ross teams with Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

Rick Ross and Southern Crescent's current homeowners - Chatara Brumfield and family

Rick Ross and Southern Crescent’s current homeowners – Chatara Brumfield and family

Over the weekend, rapper Rick Ross made a surprise visit to a Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity’s first Fayette County project, to get more involved with the organization. Ross is currently involved with community initiatives in Miami, New Orleans, and Memphis, Tennessee. He has decided to expand his charitable work with Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity, which serves the community where he resides, Fayette County.

The Fayette project is a home repair funded by The Home Depot Foundation for a U.S. veteran and Fayetteville resident, Steve Jacobs.

Ross was greeted by volunteers and Habitat partner families from the South Atlanta area. Ross was then welcomed by Kem Kimbrough, CEO of Southern Crescent Habitat; Ed Johnson, mayor of Fayetteville; David Barlow, Fayette County commissioner; Ray Gibson, Fayetteville’s city manager; and Kyle Hood, Tyrone town manager, who officially welcomed Ross to Fayette County and acknowledged his philanthropic work for the county.

The on-site discussion highlighted the need for affordable housing and home repairs in the Fayette County area. Afterward, Ross engaged in conversation with Southern Crescent Habitat’s partner families, Chatara Brumfield and Retonda Tate, who described their life-changing experience with Southern Crescent. Both families had challenges with other home buying opportunities, but found a fit with Southern Crescent Habitat’s home ownership program. Intrigued by the families’ testimony, Ross stated: “Anything that I can do, I want to do it,”

Ross then walked over to the build site were forty surprised volunteers from Publix and  were assisting with the painting of Jacobs home. Alongside volunteers, Ross grabbed a paint brush and a paint bucket and assisted with the painting. The day concluded with Ross taking photos with the volunteers and ready to move forward with planning his involvement in Fayette County.

For more information on how you can get involved with Southern Crescent Habitat and our upcoming events, please visit www.schabitat.org and continue the conversation on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram (@SCHabitatfh) and hashtag #BeABossInTheCommunity #BuildWithSCHabitat