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South Fulton’s Patrick Muhammad Shines on FOX Reality Show

Patrick was a competitor on “Home Free” to win a home for his personal hero and inspirational leader.  The second season features new co-host and former NFL player, Heisman Trophy winner and sports analyst Tim Tebow joining Mike Holmes for more construction challenges and even higher stakes. This time around, the contestants didn’t compete for themselves but rather to win their personal hero a dream home.  Eleven contestants built 10 homes, plus a Dream Home, creating an entirely new neighborhood – Home Free Boulevard.  Each competitor fought to the finish to win their hero the ultimate dream home, and take home a $100,000 grand prize for themselves.

“Home Free has been one of the toughest and most rewarding decisions of my life. It truly was a sacrifice to leave my family, job, and life for 10 weeks. However, having the opportunity to win a house for a teacher that will have their mortgage covered for life was priceless. It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and I know the experience has changed lives forever,” said Patrick. We are so proud that Patrick made it so far into the competition and represented South Fulton so very well.

Sean Weatherspoon Delivers School Supplies to Kids in Hapeville

At Hapeville Charter Career Academy, Atlanta Falcons Line Backer Sean Weatherspoon joined with the Future Foundation in efforts to provide school supplies for the kids before the start of school. Supplies included backpacks, binders, and other supplies. Weatherspoon offered motivational words to the kids to strive to do the best they could in school and create goals now to accomplish them later.

Aerotropolis Update

Community members surrounding the Airport met for the Aerotropolis Atlanta Community Forum. An aerotropolis, or “airport city” is a metropolitan subregion where the layout, infrastructure, and economy is centered on an airport that it surrounds. Aerotropolis Atlanta is a community of Fortune 500 companies, local businesses, governments, non-profits, and other interested groups located in metro Atlanta area.

As the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a significant driver of metro Atlanta’s economy. The airport is directly responsible for 63,000 jobs and contributes $32.5 billion to the region’s economy.

Monte Wilson of Jacobs Engineering, spoke on Aerotropolis Atlanta’s Blueprint update. When most people think of airport architecture, the terminal is the main thing that comes to mind. However Wilson focused the conversation on the area developing the area directly next to the terminal.

Gerald McDowell then spoke on CIDs (Community Improvement Districts). Aerotropolis Atlanta has two CIDs, Airport West on the Fulton County side, which was developed in 2014, and Airport South in the Clayton County area, which was formed in 2015. As of January 1, 2016, the two CIDs decided to come together and adopt the same name, Aerotropolis Atlanta CIDs. They are still two separate entities but they hired one staff to manage both CIDs.

Lastly, Cinda Herndon-King of CareerRise spoke on Aerotropolis Atlanta’s workforce collective. The problem many in the area face employers are struggling to find workers with skill to excel at the job. There are numerous programs to match jobseekers and employers but the landscape is fragmented and difficult to navigate. Marketing is just as important as services, a lesson from other high-impact workforce development programs. Effective workforce organizations provide forms to align needs of stakeholders but also focus explicitly on streamlining services to both candidates and employers. – Collin Shamley

For more information 

Aerotropolis Atlanta is an Alliance of Fortune 500 corporations, local businesses, governments, non-profits, and other interested parties located in the general ATL area. The goal is to transform the airport vicinity into a world-class Aerotropolis, stimulate investment, and strengthen public coordination for the benefit of all airport area stakeholders. AeroATL.org 

MARTI Transportation Offers Total Package Tailgating Services

MARTI delivers a unique service offering custom-made solutions for likeminded individuals who enjoy the finer things but don’t necessarily enjoy taking care of all the details. Tiffany is a Certified Food Management Professional and a Le Cordon Bleu-trained Chef who enjoys preparing all the fixings while you enjoy your day with friends and other sports enthusiasts. Their team does the complete set-up for your party at the lot of your choosing. You can watch the game on our TVs or go inside the Dome while we guard your belongings. They provide a tailgating experience where guests are transported from the pressures of their lives to a world of unparalleled luxury where their every desire is anticipated and every need satisfied.  The only thing they can’t do is guarantee that your team will win!

Veronica Mount and Land of Promise “Nourish the Need” Providing Hope and Meals for Kids

Veronica Mount is the President and Founder of Land of Promise.    Veronica has been at the forefront of assisting food insecure children in Fulton County Schools. After travelling to Uganda, Africa, on a mission trip where hunger is visible, Veronica’s passion led her to work on the United States Hunger study that revealed a disturbing number of food insecurity issues we have right here in the United States.  According to the hunger study, in Georgia 1 in 4 or 28.2 percent of children live in food insecure households.  However, in America, unlike Africa, in most circumstances hunger is invisible.  Land of Promise was established as a 501(c)3 in 2006, to bring awareness, inspire hope and develop programs to address food inequities nationally and internationally.

In 2014, “Nourish the Need,” a food backpack program, was introduced to the Cliftondale community.  The program brought awareness of food insecure children to the community and offered a viable solution.  The Cliftondale community donated enough food to feed up to 50 children every weekend who were on free/reduced lunch and in need of food to eat on the weekends when school lunch was not available. The following year (August 2015 – May 2016), the Nourish the Need program expanded and began serving Fulton County School children in the Achievement Zone.   The schools within this area experience high rates of mobility, poverty, crime, and a lack of intensive support for struggling students.

Students, teachers and administrators have reported on the success of Nourish the Need.  Their testimonies can be seen at LOPPrograms.org. Land of Promise is currently preparing for the 2016-2017 school year and developing other programs to address food insecurity in our community.  Veronica believes that we are all called to service by giving back our time, talents, and resources to those in need.