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Two More Families Cut the Ribbon!
Two Habitat partner families cut the ribbon to their new Habitat homes on June 21. Read below to find out more about the families. Call Wilson Director Tory Tredway at (615) 453-4539 to find out how you or your organization can get involved.
Women Build Partner Family: Danika Humes
Losing everything will give you a renewed appreciation for life, says Habitat partner family Danika Humes. She lost everything she owned except the clothes on her back when her parents’ home burned to the ground in 2009. Danika and her 1-month old son, Zaiden, were home enjoying time with their extended family when the propane grill outside exploded and caught on fire. Thankfully, everyone escaped safely but the family lost everything. This life-changing event was the first time Danika personally experienced compassion from total strangers as her neighbors volunteered to help. Her parents have since rebuilt their home and their lives, but Danika will always remember what it felt like to be homeless. She also remembers the kindness of strangers and how their selfless acts changed the way she viewed the world around her.
Fast forward four years and Danika’s little family has grown to three as she welcomed her daughter, Zaila, now 3 years old. She and the children are currently living with her parents, but the three-bedroom house is overcrowded and does not meet the needs of the seven family members currently living there. Danika tried several times to live on her own, but could not make ends meet because of the high cost of rent. Like most, Danika longs to become a homeowner and raise her family in a responsible manner. She’s worked hard, often holding down two jobs, to provide for her children. That desire and drive brought her to Wilson Habitat for Humanity. Without Habitat it would be difficult for Danika to provide housing for her family on the modest income she earns as a registrar at a Nashville hospital. Danika’s warm and friendly disposition brings comfort to the cancer patients that she helps navigate through the hospital’s intake process. She finds her job very rewarding and loves helping people.
The fall build is scheduled Sept. 26 through Oct. 18. For more information on how you or your organization can help Wilson County's low-income families purchase quality affordable homes, contact Direct Tory Tredway at 615.453.4539.
Faith Build Partner Family: Jaime Jacobs
Growing up in New Jersey, moving from apartment to apartment, and living in motels with her mother and siblings had a profound effect on how Jaime feels about the meaning of home. At age 13, Jaime moved to Tennessee to live with her father because of her mother’s ongoing illnesses. She lived with her father and stepmother and eventually graduated from Mt. Juliet High School and began her journey of independence at the age of 19 when she moved out of her father’s home. At age 21, her mother moved to Tennessee and she took care of her for two years until she passed away in 2004.
With poverty not far from Jaime’s mind, she has often worked two jobs to make ends meet. But after the arrival of her daughter, Mykah, Jaime quickly realized that she needed to give her child more than just love. She also needed to provide the best home life possible. Mykah’s father is present and in her life, but he and Jaime have decided to co-parent separately. Although he contributes toward Mykah’s care, Jaime still finds it hard to make ends meet because of the high cost of renting. Jaime works at Old Hickory Credit Union as a relief specialist and loves her job. But even a good job and child support sometimes can’t prevent families in need of quality, affordable housing from living in substandard conditions. It was this need that led Jaime to Wilson Habitat for Humanity and a chance to own her own home so that she can provide the best possible life for her daughter. For Jaime, owning a Habitat home means more than just a place to live, it also means everything: stability, security and hope for a brighter future.
Christian Motorcyclists Association
College Hills Church of Christ (sponsoring two days)
First United Methodist Church
Maple Hill Church of Christ
Mt. Juliet Church of Christ
Providence United Methodist Church
The Bridge Fellowship
2015 Houses of Hope
This year's Houses of Hope, held at the beautiful and historic downtown Capitol Theatre, was a huge success. Top left: Anita Tate, 2015 Women Build partner family Danika Humes, 2014 Habitat homeowner Kendra Richardson (who both spoke at the luncheon), Wilson Habitat for Humanity Director Tory Tredway. Top right: Bob Black was the winner of the Spirit of Volunteerism. Bottom left: Demos' Restaurant received Community Partnership Award and bottom right: Cook's United Methodist Church won the Spirit of Habitat Award. Danika Humes' home will begin construction on May 30. To find out more about Danika and how you can get involved, see below.
For information on becoming a Habitat homeowner in Wilson County, click here.
To download a 2016 Wilson Sponsor Opportunity and Benefit form, click here
For general volunteer information, click here.
To view photos from the 2014 build season, click here.
Wilson Habitat Dedicates Two Homes Nov. 23
Carla and Jeremy Coggins
Carla has worked two jobs to support her three children. Her children are all grown now and living on their own except for her youngest, Jeremy. A car accident led doctors to find a full blockage in a main artery in Jeremy’s neck, which led to surgeries and setbacks in his young life. Living in cramped apartments for years and the need for wheelchair accessibility led Carla to Habitat. “Just like last year, we are grateful for Danny and Karen Dugan and their company’s sponsorship of a Habitat home in Wilson County. They, their family members, and their employees from North America Administrators have done a super job volunteering on the job site. They are providing a life-changing opportunity for Carla Coggins and her family,” said Tory Tredway, director of Wilson Habitat.
Kendra Richardson works on her home along with her sponsors
After volunteering at one of Habitat for Humanity’s work sites, Kendra began dreaming of owning her own home. The love of Kendra’s life — the man she planned to marry — was shot and killed. Since then she has worked hard to rebuild her life by accepting a full-time job as a material handler at the Famous Footwear warehouse in Lebanon and graduating from Tennessee College of Applied Technology in 2013. Her dream of becoming a homeowner is followed by her goal to continue her education and become a licensed cosmetology instructor, one day owning her own hair salon. “Many businesses, groups, and individuals have come together to participate in our Community Build this month. We cannot do what we do without the support of our community, and this build exemplifies that. The combined efforts of many people are providing Kendra Richardson the opportunity to achieve her dream of homeownership,” said Tory Tredway, director of Wilson Habitat. To read the Tennessean article about Kendra, click here.
There are many sponsors for this Community Build, but the Primary Sponsors include: Spectra Energy, Linda Rising (lindarising.org), Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors, Memorial Foundation, and Bob Black.
Milestone Day for Homeowner and Wilson Habitat
Wilson Habitat for Humanity burned the mortgage note for its first homeowner Juanita Johnson last Saturday! An anonymous donor stepped up and made the last several payments. To watch the video from the presentation click here. Jared Felkins from the Lebanon Democrat covered the story along with the fall build start and you can read about it here.
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2015 Wilson Community Board