On April 7, Cheatham Habitat for Humanity will begin its seventh home build since its founding in 2010. The home will be built on land that was purchased with generous donations from the Justin and Valere Blair Potter Foundation and the family of the late Cheatham County Mayor David McCullough and the church he pastored – Cedar Hill Community Church in Pegram. Cheatham Habitat bought five lots off Spring Street in Ashland City and recently held a ground-breaking ceremony there, during which McCullough was honored. In addition to helping to purchase these lots, the $175,000 donation made in McCullough’s honor will help support future builds in this community.
“We wanted to remember the work that Mayor McCullough has done in Cheatham County and celebrate the legacy he left behind. He loved serving the residents of our county. His legacy will continue to live on through the hands of our Habitat volunteers and the work that we will do for the next several years” said Jeff Bennett, Cheatham Habitat for Humanity director. “We are also grateful to the Justin and Valere Blair Potter Foundation for their continued generosity to Cheatham Habitat for Humanity.”
The April 7 community home build will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will continue on April 8 and for the next three weekends for future homeowner Jessica Epley. Dedication is slated for Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. Jessica’s family moved to Middle Tennessee from Illinois when she was 3 years old to be closer to her grandparents. She is the mother of two young boys who are honor roll students at their school. She says she and her sons feel at home in Cheatham County, where she has lived for the past eight years.
Jessica attended Nashville College of Medical Careers and earned the classification of medical office specialist. She is currently an executive assistant at a local company, where she hopes to continue developing her knowledge, skills, and abilities to prepare for future career growth.
Jessica said the best thing about being a parent is the unconditional love she shares with her children and that she needs a place to ground that love. “Becoming a homeowner will provide more stability for my family. I want my boys to grow up to be great men who are successful in every aspect of their lives,” she said.
Jessica and her family currently live in a duplex. She believes owning a home will provide stability, more space, and a fixed monthly payment. Habitat homeowners pay a zero percent APR mortgage, helping make the homes affordable. While in Habitat’s homeownership program, future homeowners attend homeownership education classes and work on the build site with their sponsors and volunteers.
Sponsors are: Ashland City Free Will Baptist Church, 24 Church, Gateway Church Assembly of God, Demonbreun Roofing Inc., Donnie and Jackie Kemp, Walmart – Ashland City, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Community Bank & Trust, Todd Binkley Insurance, The Bill Bennett Memorial Fund, DATCO, A.O. Smith, U.S. Bank Foundation, RBS, Inc., Pegram Church of Christ, Valerie Kemp Dreier CPA, Good Springs Free Will Baptist Church, Dillon Transportation, John E. Mayfield Charitable Foundation, David McCullough Memorial Gift, and the Cheatham County Faith Community.
When Habitat of Greater Nashville worked to help residents in Cheatham County after the devastating floods of 2010, it became evident that the work was far from finished. A desire to have a permanent advocate for quality, affordable housing turned into the Cheatham Habitat. This commitment, along with many other volunteers and donors, saw the completion of Cheatham County's first Habitat house in 2011 and as of 2017 six Habitat homes have been built for low-income families in Cheatham County.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.