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Wilson Habitat to Start Construction on Two More Homes Nov. 1
Wilson Habitat, along with its sponsors and volunteers, will begin construction on two more homes for Habitat partner families Carla Coggins and Kendra Richardson on Nov. 1. For more information about Wilson Habitat or to get involved with either build, contact Direct Tory Tredway at 615-453-4539.
Carla is a natural-born caregiver who daily demonstrates unconditional love and endless compassion. Carla, whose nickname is Yogi, is a single mother and caregiver to her 28-year-old son, Jeremy, and her 7-year-old grandson, Jer'myzio, both of whom have special needs. Carla was adopted at 10-months-old and her adoptive parents helped care for special needs children. Carla learned to love, appreciate and care for the children as she and her mom taught them basic household responsibilities to help prepare them for life after they left the center.
Carla has worked two jobs to support her own three children, all of which are grown and living on their own except Jeremy. A car accident led doctors to find a blockage in the main artery of Jeremy's neck, which lead to surgeries and setbacks in his young life. Jer'myzio, Carla's daughter's son, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and leukodystrophy at 3 years old. Living in cramped apartments for years and the need for wheel chair accessibility led Carla to Habitat.
After volunteering at a Habitat buildsite, Kendra began yearning for a home of her own. She moved with her family from Michigan to Tennessee in 2008. The family faced challenging times with Kendra attending three different high schools her senior year. But she proudly points out that she graduated! Kendra has had to rebuild her life again after the love of her life was shot and killed. She works full-time as a material handler at the Famous Footwear warehouse in Lebanon. She graduated from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in 2013 and wants to pursue her dream of one day owning her own hair salon. Currenly, she is living in subsidized housing with her sister's family, mom and step-dad and sleeping on the sofa. She said, "The first thing I will do when I get to my new home is fall to my knees and thank the Lord!"
Jennifer and LaVonte Celebrate a New Home!
Wilson Habitat for Humanity celebrated its first home dedication of 2014 June 22, making this the 60th Habitat home built in Wilson County. Habitat is celebrating 20 years of service by completing a quality, affordable home for single mother Jennifer Clark and her 16-year-old son, LaVonte.
After a tumultuous childhood, Jennifer eventually made her way to Tennessee, but found herself homeless with a small child. She lived out of a car while her mother helped care for her son. But Jennifer wanted to provide a better life for her son. She enrolled at Volunteer State Community College where she is currently studying veterinary technologies. She is attending school full-time and working full-time to create a better future for herself and her son, LaVonte.
"I want to be a success story and make everyone proud that they helped my family, and I hope to be in a position one day to do the same for other families that have endured so much,” she said.
“We are proud of Jennifer and the commitment she has made to fulfill her requirements with Habitat. She has persevered through various challenges this semester as she has been going to school, working, and participating in her Habitat classes. She is keeping her eye on the goal—a beautiful home and a new beginning for herself and LaVonte,” said Tory Tredway, director.
Jennifer’s home is being sponsored by area faith groups:
College Hills Church of Christ
Crossroads Community Church
First United Methodist Church
Maple Hill Church of Christ
Mt. Juliet Church of Christ
Providence United Methodist Church
St. Stephen Catholic Community
The Bridge Fellowship
Additional sponsors include: Cracker Barrel Foundation, The Memorial Foundation, and Middle Tennessee Electric Customers Care.
To see more photos of the spring build, click here.
Houses of Hope Raises More Than $20,000
Gov. Haslam headlined an all-star night in May as Wilson Habitat for Humanity raised more than $20,000 at its annual Houses of Hope fundraiser at the Capitol Theater. Wilson Habitat started its 60th home on Saturday, May 31 at 410 Alydar Dr., Watertown and is celebrating 20 years of service in Wilson County. Habitat for Humanity seeks corporate, faith, and individual contributions to fund its work to help low-income families purchase a home with a zero percent interest mortgage rate. Wilson Habitat has built 59 houses and renovated three, serving 61 families in Wilson County.
The Spirit of Habitat Award went to College Hills Church of Christ and the Habitat Community Partner Award went to Lee & Lee Attorneys. The annual dinner is a great time to learn more about the important work of Habitat in Wilson County and how you can be a part of this extraordinary outreach. For more information about Wilson Habitat, contact Direct Tory Tredway at 615-453-4539.
To see photos from Houses of Hope click here.
THANK YOU FOR 20 YEARS OF SUPPORT!
20/20 VISION CAMPAIGN establishes Habitat's foundation for next 20 years
What makes you thankful? How about your home? As cooler weather settles in, are you thankful that you have shelter?
Thanks to your support and partnership with Wilson Habitat for Humanity over the past 20 years, there are 59 families that have been able to say, “Thank you for my new home!”
To celebrate 20 years of service in Wilson County, we invite you to become a part of Habitat's 20/20 Vision Campaign.
Recent Wilson Habitat homeowner Sarah Caves' story is just one example of the kind of impact and gratitude your contributions create. You can read about her heartwarming story of courage and determination by clicking here. If you would like to help us continue to impact and change the destiny of more families, please donate to Habitat’s 20/20 Vision Campaign by clicking here.
If you would prefer to make a contribution to the 20/20 Vision Campaign by writing a check, you may make it payable to "Habitat for Humanity—Wilson Division," and mail it to:
Habitat for Humanity—Wilson Division
20/20 Vision Campaign
606 E. Main St.
Lebanon, TN 37087
Former Homeless Mother Realizes Dream of Owning Her Own Home
To view photos from Jessica and Brendon's dedication ceremony, click on the link below:
Jessica Williams, and her son, Brendon, 9, accepted the keys to their new Habitat home Nov. 17 at Alydar Drive as Wilson Habitat closed out the 2013 build season completing our 59th home in Wilson County. Jessica was sponsored by North America Administrators and The Memorial Foundation as well as local volunteer groups who came out to help build her home.
“This is a special build for a special lady who has worked hard to provide stability for herself and her son,” said Tory Tredway, director of Wilson Habitat. “We have been impressed by Jessica and her work ethic. Her commitment to completing our program and providing a home for her son are commendable. We’re thankful for the community’s support as she continues her journey to a new future.”
Creating a home for Brendon is what inspires Jessica to keep working hard to change their future. She relays she had lost faith in humanity before coming to Habitat for help. She became homeless with a small child and eventually moved into a homeless shelter in Florida where she lived for 10 months, saving money to once again become independent. She made her way to Tennessee to live closer to family and applied for a Habitat home for herself and son, Brendon. She currently works in an administrative position in the HR department of a local imaging company and loves to spend her free time with her son.
Special thanks to the following groups who have volunteered their time to build this house for Jessica and Brendon:
· Employees and families of North America Administrators
· Family and friends of Danny and Karen Dugan
· Wilson County Schools students and faculty
· Bridgestone Distribution Center employees
· Cumberland University students and faculty
· International Assurance of Tennessee employees
To download a Wilson Sponsor Opportunity and Benefit form, click here.
To view the Wilson County Fiscal Year Report, click here.
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