Delta Air Lines employees volunteer with Habitat for Humanity to build homes in Atlanta on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.
Photo: Contributed / Chris Rank
Photo: Contributed / Chris Rank

Delta employees build two homes for single moms in southeast Atlanta

If you ever wanted encouragement to drink beverages on Delta Air Lines flights, here it is. 

The Atlanta-based airline and Habitat for Humanity recently built and dedicated two new homes funded by recycling proceeds. The airline has raised $1 million — $200,000 of that in the past year — through its Inflight Recycling Program, which turns recycled bottles and cans into affordable housing opportunities.

The homes, located on Hutchens Road in southeast Atlanta, both went to single moms: Demetrius Harvey, a 33-year-old university custodian with three children; and Kedra Clark, a 35-year-old child development center program coordinator with two sons. Both women wanted to purchase their own houses  to provide safe and and stable homes for their children, according to their bios.

Delta Air Lines employees and members of Habitat for Humanity Atlanta dedicate a home in southeast Atlanta on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018
Photo: Contributed / Chris Rank

In order for someone to buy a Habitat home, they must be in need of better housing, willing to partner with the nonprofit and able to pay an affordable mortgage.

Delta employees have now built a dozen homes since 2007  funded through the recycling program. The company has built 261 homes in 12 countries for Habitat, a press release said. 

Nearly 230 tons of aluminum, enough to make five A350s, have been recycled through the program, the statement said. Six hundred Delta employees volunteered 4,800 hours to build the two homes this month.

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