Homeowner Profile: Jones Family

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For almost thirty years, we have been creating mixed-income housing because we believe a home is essential to a family's health and success. And we celebrate each time a new family buys a house and becomes our neighbor!

We love to introduce new neighbors and give you a sneak peek of our community. You may have seen our previous profiles on Jamesthe BridgesTanisha and Khairi, the Quezadas, or the Gill family. Today, we're delighted to share a conversation with Kimberlee Jones, whose family bought their home in June 2016.  

Tell us a little about yourself and your family.

My name is Kimberlee Jones. I live with my husband Charles and our son Judah. I’m originally from Washington DC and moved to Atlanta ten years ago! My husband and I each have our own businesses. I am an immigration attorney, and he has a towing company. I am also an associate minister at Lindsay Street Baptist Church.

What is your favorite thing about living in South Atlanta?

My favorite thing about living in South Atlanta before moving here was the location. We had been living in Summerhill for two years, and we wanted to stay close to downtown and have easy access to the freeways. I also loved that all the houses have nice big yards. 

But since moving here, my neighbors have become my favorite part about the area. Interestingly, I was never the type to be particularly close to my neighbors until I moved to South Atlanta, but now I have such great neighbors it’s hard not to be!

How do you hope to see the community change in the next ten years?

I hope to see South Atlanta continue to develop, and I would like to see more of the houses renovated and occupied. It would also be great to see a few more restaurants. I love Community Grounds, and I would also like to see a farm-to-table restaurant. But I don’t want too much business because I like the secluded feel of the neighborhood.

What has home ownership meant to you?  

Home ownership has meant feeling a sense of permanency. I’m from DC, but I have lived in Chicago, New York, and the Bay Area. When I moved to Atlanta, I always had the notion that I was moving back to DC. As such, I rented homes and never really made them my own because I always felt like I was just passing through. Ownership has meant putting down physical and psychological roots.

Anything else you'd like to share?

I feel like South Atlanta is a hidden gem. There are so many wonderful people here and it provides an opportunity to buy a home that is also a great investment. There is a great deal of opportunity for personal and community growth, which is rare to find in a neighborhood.

We are seeing so much growth in South Atlanta as a neighborhood and in individual residents looking for opportunities to thrive. We're glad to welcome new neighbors like Kimberlee and her family, and we look forward to meeting many more new residents in the future!


Photo above is from the annual South Atlanta Civic League Progressive Dinner, when the Jones family hosted a course. 


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Raise a Latte

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Will you donate to build trusting relationships one excellent cup of coffee at a time?

Ten years ago, two neighbors came up with the idea to open a coffee shop in Lakewood Heights, the neighborhood just south of Historic South Atlanta. Their goal was to provide a great cup of coffee and a safe place for neighbors to gather and create community. We achieved that goal, and are proud and thankful for the unique role that Community Grounds plays in our neighborhood.

In the past ten years, Community Grounds has moved, grown, and changed, but two things have not changed: our mission and our espresso machine. Our mission is aging like a fine wine. The espresso machine? Not so much. Picture driving a 2002 Ford Taurus every day for the past fifteen years and you have a snapshot of our espresso machine. It’s time to replace!

We have received a matching grant for half of the cost of a new espresso machine. We have ten days to raise the remaining $5,000, and we’re asking our fans and our customers to help us meet our goal. Community Grounds is thriving in ways that it never has before but we still rely on your support to keep our store open and active for our community.

Please contribute towards a new machine to ensure that Community Grounds can continue serving Historic South Atlanta for years to come. Thanks!



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The Lupton Center Goes Global

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by Shawn Duncan

Reflections from Our First Institute for International Development

“I never thought about it before, but I now realize that the purpose of my church’s mission efforts is to alleviate suffering. But I have seen a different mindset here. Their driving commitment is to pursue flourishing.

“We have a congregation full of dedicated, generous, and compassionate people. They give lots of time, energy, and resources to love communities facing poverty. What we are doing is easing the people’s pain, but we are not asking, ‘What would it take to see this community thrive?’”

When we heard those words, we knew that it had all been worth it.

Over the last year, we at The Lupton Center have been building a partnership with Opportunity International, Nicaragua (OI-NICA), and on May 3rd we launched our newest initiative, The Institute for International Development.

The purpose of the institute is to transform the paradigm for missions in the developing world by promoting the Community Economic Development (CED).

Offering a combination of inspiring site visits and in-depth teaching, The Institute for International Development is a three-day immersive experience in Nicaragua that exposes participants to the dramatic impact of OI-NICA’s CED work. The Institute equips participants to diagnose their own missions models and prepare for next steps in building an approach that aims at flourishing.

From supporting local leaders to establish better water infrastructure in their village, to founding a entrepreneurial high school, to creating a valid supply for the yucca plant, to building a for-profit lodge, the folks at OI-NICA are committed to seeing the people of Nicaragua flourishing. They want so much more than for the painful symptoms of poverty to be soothed. They want to disrupt the oppressive cycle of poverty and establish the infrastructure of shalom!

And it is incredible to see!

If you are interested in high quality training and education as well as an opportunity to see what a reimagined missions model looks like up close, The Institute for International Development is for you! The pilot institute was amazing, and the second one is looking even better.

If you want to join us in November for our next Institute for International Development, please reach out to the Director of the Lupton Center, Shawn Duncan.


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