ATLANTA, July 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions, and its divisions Aaron's and Progressive Leasing, surprised two single-parent families with fully furnished new homes last Wednesday in Atlanta. Mothers, Hasna Hussien and Zulfa Jobir, and their children received homes full of new furniture as part of the Homes for the Holidays (HFTH) program sponsored by former NFL star Warrick Dunn.
Hussien's home was the 160th and Jobir's home was the 161st home presentations by Warrick Dunn Charities' (WDC) Homes for the Holidays program, which assists single parents in becoming first-time homeowners. In partnership with Aaron's and Habitat for Humanity affiliates, WDC provides the materials necessary for long-term stability and the provisions required to make a meaningful impact on the parents and their families. Hussien, Jobir and their families were accepted into the Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity program and have worked with the organization over the past six months to build their homes in partnership with Gwinnett Habitat volunteers.
Originally from Egypt, Hasna Hussien sought refuge in the United States after the loss of her husband. Hansa and her three children lived in a basement until they were able to afford a place of their own and then lived in a one-bedroom apartment before being accepted into the Gwinnett Habitat program. Hasna is incredibly grateful for this opportunity as it allows her to achieve her one mission in life, "To be able to afford the best I can for my family."
Ethiopia native Zulfa Jobir, is a single mother of three boys and works for the Gwinnett County School System as a school bus driver. Zulfa works hard to provide for her three sons. This gift will not only allow her family to thrive in a new and comfortable living space, but it will provide a space for Zulfa to relax from being a super-mom.
Aaron's has been a longtime supporter of WDC initiatives and began contributing home furnishings, appliances, and electronics to the Homes for the Holidays program in 2003. Warrick Dunn Charities was founded in 2002 by former NFL star Warrick Dunn.
"Aaron's is thrilled to be working alongside Warrick Dunn and Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity to provide the furnishings for their entire homes to these single moms who've worked so hard to build a good life for their children," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "We're so pleased to be able to surprise these families with beautifully furnished rooms to help make their homes truly their own."
To date, WDC and its sponsors have rewarded 161 single parents and over 400 children and dependents with first-time homeownership in more than 15 cities across the nation.
About Aaron's, Inc. Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), is a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions. The Aaron's Business engages in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories through its 1,719 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada, as well as its e-commerce platform, Aarons.com. In addition, Progressive Leasing, a virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 27,000 retail locations in 46 states. Dent-A-Med, Inc., d/b/a the HELPcard®, provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through federally insured banks. For more information, visit investor.aarons.com, Aarons.com, ProgLeasing.com, and HELPcard.com.
About Warrick Dunn Charities Warrick Dunn Charities, Inc. provides hope and healing to communities through innovative programming inspired by our founder's life journey. Since 1997, the Homes for the Holidays program has helped 161 single parents and over 400 children and dependents achieve first-time home ownership. Serving single-parent families nationwide, WDC and its partners have helped single parents to combat poverty and hunger and ensure families have basic necessities and comfortable surroundings in order to improve their quality of life. For more information, visit www.wdc.org.
About Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity Habitat helps families break the cycle of poverty and build long-term financial sustainability. In Gwinnett County, the need for decent and affordable housing has risen dramatically in the three decades since Gwinnett Habitat began in 1988. We also continue to see strong growth in diverse populations living and working in Gwinnett. Gwinnett Habitat's goal is to build adequate and affordable housing for low income families in need. In addition, our home repair program, A Brush With Kindness, makes repairs to preserve existing affordable housing. We are committed to being a key solution for as long as it takes, so children and families no longer have to live in unsafe or sub-standard conditions. For more information, visit http://habitatgwinnett.org/.