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Lisa is Ready to Cut the Ribbon to her New Life!

Wilson Habitat for Humanity will celebrate their 73rd home dedication ceremony Sunday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. for future Habitat homeowner Lisa Nichols. Lisa has attended homeownership classes and has worked alongside her sponsors and volunteers for four weekends building her future home.


Tory Tredway, director of Wilson Habitat, shared, “We are proud of Lisa!  She has worked diligently for several months to qualify for our program and complete the requirements.  She has enjoyed building her home side-by-side with numerous volunteers from the community, and they have enjoyed getting to know her.  She has a sweet, humble spirit.  We welcome Lisa to Wilson County!”


Lisa is the mother of two children, one a college graduate, the other is attending Trevecca Nazarene University full time. Lisa has worked for a local church for 14 years as the membership coordinator. Since May 2016, she has also worked part-time at the YMCA as a membership greeter to cover her dues and stay active. She attended Trevecca and TSU, earning multiple degrees in psychology. She’s excited about becoming a Habitat homeowner and the opportunity to move to Wilson County for a more peaceful, slower pace of life.  


Lisa and her son have lived at a local apartment building in Nashville since February 2015. The manager of the apartments says that Lisa is an excellent resident and that they will assist in any way to help her get a home. Lisa is worried about crime in her area as well as loud neighbors, loud music, gun shots, and illegal activity.  She just wants to live in a peaceful area where the cost of living is more affordable. Lisa said that owning her own home has always been a dream of hers since she was a child. 


“I would like to extend my sincere gratitude for allowing this opportunity of homeownership, and I thank each and every sponsor and volunteer for being a blessing and investing in my dream of becoming a homeowner,” she said. Lisa also added, “Owning my own home gives me a sense of pride and my kids will see that if you have faith in God, he will give you the desires of your heart.”


Sponsors: Enbridge, Lochinvar (with funding from A.O. Smith Foundation, Inc.), Manheim Nashville, Inc., Peoples Home Equity (The Haynes Group, Mt. Juliet), Rotary Clubs of Wilson County, and The Memorial Foundation. 

Fall 2017 Build Starts Sept. 9

Future Habitat homeowner: Melissa was born in Lebanon and has always lived in Wilson County. She is the proud mother of an 18-month-old son, Tyson. Since April of 2016, Melissa has worked for a graphic design company in Lebanon. She has also worked part time at Liberty Tax Services for the past five years during tax season. For the second half of last year she worked part time at Kmart, which she will do again this year. Melissa attended Cumberland University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master of science in human relations management.

Melissa has rented the same one-bedroom apartment for 10 years, but now that she has a son, she wants a place to call home to create stability and memories for her family. She is very excited about becoming a Habitat for Humanity homeowner so Tyson can have his own room and a yard where he can run and play.  Melissa also looks forward to having her own washer and dryer so she no longer has to go to the laundromat every week. She says one of the ways she will celebrate moving into her house will be by putting a welcome mat at her front door.

“Words cannot express the gratitude I have to my sponsors and volunteers,” she said. “My son and I will forever appreciate what you have done to help make the dream of homeownership come true. I can never repay you for improving the quality of our lives. May God bless all who have a hand in it.  The sky is the limit for us now.”

Sponsors: Danny and Karen Dugan





Faith Builds Home Number 71


Wilson Habitat for Humanity held its 71st home dedication ceremony for their Faith Build sponsored home for Krionda Allen, June 25 at 1 p.m. Tory Tredway, Wilson Habitat director, announced.


Krionda is the proud mother of two daughters, a 17-year-old and 14-year-old. While visiting the Nashville area, she decided to move the family here from Indiana in January of 2007. Compared to her hometown, she says there were more job opportunities here and she loved the weather. Both of the girls are active in school and want to further their education by attending college in the future. Krionda has worked for Legacy Supply Chain Services since January 2016. She was promoted to team lead and really loves her job.


For more than seven years, Krionda and the girls lived in several different apartment complexes in Nashville. They had to keep moving because of flooding, mold and a roach infestation. Krionda was concerned about her employment schedule and the girls’ schedules and felt unsafe in her current location.  She says she began to sink into a depression from all the stress and struggles. Around Thanksgiving of 2015, she moved her family to the Brooks House, a transitional non-emergency homeless shelter in Lebanon, for about six months so she could get herself and her finances in better shape. Krionda says the experience was very positive.  In fact, what she learned during her stay there prepared her to qualify as a future homeowner with Habitat.  Faith Build Sponsors: Middle Tennessee Electric Sharing Change, The Bridge Fellowship, College Hills Church of Christ, First United Methodist Church of Lebanon, Mt. Juliet Church of Christ, Victory Baptist Church, WestRock, Manous Design, Bob and Pam Black, and an anonymous family foundation.







Women Build Celebrates a New Home for Family of Five


Wilson Habitat for Humanity helped Women Build sponsors celebrate a new Habitat for Humanity home for a family of five, Ron and Leigh Ann Ankney and their three boys, at the home dedication ceremony  June 18 at 1 p.m., announced Wilson Habitat Director Tory Tredway.


“Ron and Leigh Anne are devoted parents who want to provide a wonderful home for their three sons, one of whom has special needs.  We are building a quality, handicap accessible home that they can afford and will accommodate their son.  We are excited to give this family the opportunity to build — not just a home — but strength, stability, and self-reliance by purchasing their own home,” said Tredway.

Future Habitat homeowners Ron and Leigh Anne are the proud parents of three boys that range from 10 months old to 11 years.  The couple grew up in Minnesota then moved the family to Middle Tennessee four years ago after Ron lost his job due to downsizing. They had to move in with Ron’s parents in Mt. Juliet until they could find work and save up enough money to move into a handicapped accessible apartment for their special needs son.  Ron works for Courier Printing in Smyrna and Leigh Anne works at the Safe Haven Family Shelter in Nashville.  One of Ron’s coworkers suggested they look at Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program so they applied and qualified.

For the past three years, they have lived in a three-bedroom handicapped accessible apartment.  When the new baby came along, the apartment became too small for their family of five. Currently, the baby is sharing a room with Ron and Leigh Anne.  The whole family is looking forward to having a yard to play in, explore and call their own. Ron and Leigh Anne applied for the Habitat program to be able to provide a stable home environment to raise their children and to have a place to plant a garden and have family fun outdoors.

According to Ron and Leigh Anne, becoming Habitat homeowners will forever change their lives. “Our family has struggled and we have fought to get to where we are today.  Tears have fallen many times. Getting this opportunity is beyond what a blessing is,” said Leigh Anne. Sponsors: Providence United Methodist Church, Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc., Custom Packaging, Inc., Modern Woodmen of America, Larry Powell Builders, Lebanon Breakfast Rotary Club, Linda Rising, Healthy Bones Chiropractic, Re/MAX Exceptional Properties, Wilson Bank and Trust, and Wilson County Whip Crackin’ Rodeo.


Houses of Hope Luncheon

Wilson Habitat for Humanity hosted its annual Houses of Hope fundraiser luncheon recently at the Capitol Theatre, featuring Demetria Kalodimos, news anchor for WSMV Channel 4, as this year’s guest speaker, announced Tory Tredway, director Wilson Habitat for Humanity. 

Award winners this year included:

• Spirit of Volunteerism – Dave Wilmer
• Spirit of Habitat – Providence United Methodist Church
• Community Partnership Award – Pinnacle Financial Partners

Sponsors of this year's Houses of Hope:












History of Wilson Habitat

The work of Wilson Habitat began in 1992 with their first home built in 1994, which is still occupied by the original homeowner who paid off her mortgage with the help from an anonymous donor in 2014. Wilson Habitat has now built 65 homes and renovated three, serving 68 families. In May 2012, Wilson Habitat conducted its first Blitz Build, completing a house in five consecutive days with the support of 30 businesses from local construction industries.


2017 Wilson Community Board

Joe Ali




Bobby Arnold

Rob Baughman




Michelle Brooks-Young

 Steve Brown




Lynda Burge

 Joni Cochran




Debra Dishmon

Trey Geisenhoffer




Jerry Kennon

Kim Lacy




J.B. Loper

Robin Morthel




Kyle Musice

David Pierce




David Rhodes

Robin Sistad




David Sloan, II

Lindsay Smith




Tom Wallace







Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.