Jimmy Johnson Volunteer Lodge
Friends, family, and supporters of the late Jimmy Johnson and Habitat gathered April 27, 2016 for a dedication ceremony of the new Jimmy Johnson Volunteer Lodge. A successful homebuilder who died in 2004, Johnson was committed to making the community a better place to live. In memory of Johnson, a community fund-raising effort, anchored by Johnson’s family and endorsed by the Remodelers Council of Winston-Salem, raised more than $250,000 from individuals, foundations and the city of Winston-Salem to pay for the lodge. Significant in-kind resources were contributed by the building community.
Located on the Habitat Housing Education Center campus on 14th Street, the lodge stands adjacent to Habitat Forsyth’s office. Our lodge sleeps 40 people at a time, doubling Habitat’s capacity to house the rapidly growing number of high school and college students, as well as church groups, who come to volunteer. We have been hosting college students on their service trips through the Collegiate Challenge program for over 15 years, and when we finished our new Jimmy Johnson Volunteer Lodge in 2016, we doubled the amount of annual volunteer hours from our visiting groups to 28,000 hours, which greatly increased the number of families touched by Habitat’s efforts. It is available as a meeting place for other community groups as well.
Groups of students have traveled from as far away as Canada and Iowa to come to Habitat Forsyth, one of the top two most popular locations for Habitat International’s Collegiate Challenge program. In addition to volunteering, the groups also make a $175 financial donation per person to Habitat, which helps make the lodge self-sustaining.
If you would like more information or want to schedule a time for your group to meet in the lodge you can call our office at 336.765.8854.