Living Sovereign: Where Service and Collaboration Bloom

Living Sovereign: Where Service and Collaboration Bloom

By: Eboni R. Killian, Managing Broker


In the heart of winter, when the air is crisp, and the spirit of community service is alive, and well, our team at Sovereign had the distinct pleasure of rolling up our sleeves and giving back to a community that has given us so much. 


At Sovereign Realty & Management, Martin Luther King Day is not a day off, but a day on, giving back to our community and continuing the legacy of Dr. King. We joined forces with Sovereign Construction & DevelopmentHDDC (Historic District Development Corporation), and JP Morgan Chase in a heartwarming community service project that brought us closer to our neighbors and each other. 


The project? Crafting beautiful garden planters for the SAGE Community Gardens, a beacon of sustainability and togetherness in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. You can read more about SAGE’s innovative initiatives here.


HDDC, an organization with deep roots in Atlanta and a history intertwined with the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has been a pillar of equitable revitalization and affordable housing in the Old Fourth Ward for nearly four decades. HDDC was co-founded by Coretta Scott King, the wife of Dr. King. Today, the organization is led by a visionary leader, Chenee’ Joseph, who spearheads the efforts for revitalization, community involvement, non-displacement, historic preservation, and sustainability.


We teamed up with HDDC & JP Morgan Chase at the Butler Street YMCA. Starting with breakfast which set the tone for collaboration and teamwork. Engerzied, we divided into teams of five, each tasked with assembling two garden planters that would later grace the SAGE Community Gardens.


Thanks to the Sovereign Construction team, we had the necessary materials to build the planters. It was a sight to behold: individuals from different organizations, each with a unique role in serving the community, came together for a common purpose. The camaraderie and shared sense of mission made the work light and the experience enriching.


From this team-building experience, building planters together, conversations flowed with shared stories of daily efforts of how we serve the community allowing new connections and reinforcement of our shared commitment to come together for future collaborations. A beautiful reminder that while we may serve in different capacities, our collective impact can create lasting change.


After three hours of teamwork and laughter, we stood back to admire our handiwork: 10 sturdy, well-crafted, beautiful garden planters ready to be filled with life by the residents of the Old Fourth Ward. These planters, set to be installed at the Old Fourth Water Tower will symbolize more than just a place for plants to grow; they represent the growth of community, sustainability, and friendships destined to flourish.


For me, this project was a reminder of the power of service and the beauty of collaboration. It was a day filled with joy, purpose, and the planting of literal and metaphorical seeds that will grow into something beautiful for the community we love.


We are eager to hear your stories of service and community. What seeds have you planted in your neighborhood? How have you contributed to the tapestry of togetherness in your area? Please share your stories with us and continue to Live Sovereign®.