Gwinnett County, GA – Home of Hope, a leading nonprofit committed to ending the cycle of homelessness two generations at a time, proudly welcomes two new board members: Autumn Bailey-Ford and Jim Joedecke.
Autumn Bailey-Ford is a passionate and seasoned producer in the film and television industry, known for her expertise in independent film production and distribution. With a mission to help artists realize their creative dreams, Bailey-Ford has produced award-winning documentaries such as “Maynard” about civil rights icon Maynard Jackson, as well as acclaimed films like “Mine 9” and “Trading Paint,” featuring John Travolta and Shania Twain.
Her commitment to high-quality entertainment and diverse storytelling has earned her over 30 films under her belt. Bailey-Ford’s philanthropic efforts extend to her role as a board member of the Atlanta Film Festival, supporting community mixers, and founding the Georgia Entertainment Gala to celebrate the talent in film and television where she connected more with Home of Hope CEO, Maureen Kornowa.
“I’ve been in love with Home of Hope since the beginning. I don’t personally know what it is like to be homeless, but I know what it’s like to need help. Organizations like Home of Hope are so important because you never know. Anyone could be two seconds away from becoming homeless themselves,” said Bailey-Ford.
“I am excited to bring new ideas and creativity to the board. I want every woman who comes to Home of Hope to know that people really do care about them and that this is a place where they can get help.”
Jim Joedecke, an equity partner at Andersen, Tate & Carr, brings over 25 years of legal experience to the board. A dedicated community leader, Joedecke has served on the Braselton Town Council, played a crucial role in rewriting the Braselton Development Code, and contributed to the formation of the Braselton Art Council. His involvement with the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia and the Boy Scouts showcases his commitment to community service.
“Home of Hope’s mission is so important. They not only affect the young mother and her children staying with them, but will also alter the future for subsequent generations of that family, hopefully helping them break a cycle of homelessness and become successful members of society. I want to be a part of that,” said Joedecke.
As recent additions to the board, Bailey-Ford and Jodecke aim to contribute to the organization’s growth and expand its reach to help as many families as possible.
“We are delighted to welcome Autumn Bailey-Ford and Jim Joedecke to our Board of Directors,” said Kornowa. “Their diverse backgrounds, extensive experience, and commitment to community service align perfectly with Home of Hope’s mission. We look forward to their valuable contributions as we continue to positively impact the lives of those in need.”