Dickson Habitat Dedicates 37th home
Dickson Habitat for Humanity dedicated its 37th community home build for Robin, a mother of three, announced Jeff Bennett, director of divisions, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville.
“Thirty-seven households being served over 27 years is a true testament of the caring and compassionate community that we have in Dickson county. Our volunteers and sponsors model our mission so well — seeking to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. We are so excited to bring our community together again this year to partner with Robin as she builds her home.”
Robin is the mother of three children and she is also a grandmother. Her oldest daughter currently lives on her own. Robin and her two youngest children, a son 17, and a daughter, 12, live in a three bedroom apartment on a busy highway. She says there are constant fights in the apartment complex and she longs for a better environment for her children. Robin works as an account manager and she has lived in Dickson County for 10 years. She says it is a growing community with great opportunities for her and her family. She is tired of moving to secure a better location for her children and she says she is tired of not knowing who is moving in next door. She longs for the stability of a home and a “way to make a better life for my children.”
Robin says her Habitat home will add stability to their lives but a conventional mortgage “would be very difficult financially.” She says a home will give her children a place to live even when they get older. “A home will take the stress off me and give me financial stability,” she says. Robin applied for a Habitat for Humanity home because Habitat is “a great organization” and she qualified. Robin went through the Habitat program with another future homeowner and they will be neighbors, so she is also thrilled to know who is living next door. Robin completed her Habitat homeownership classes and she has learned how to budget and maintain her home. “I want to be a good role model and the best mom ever. I feel my children deserve a place to call home.” She says she and her children are very excited to build their Habitat home with sponsors and volunteers. To her sponsors she says, “I am so grateful for all the help and encouragement I have received throughout the process. I would not have been able to do this on my own.”
Sponsors are: Thrivent Financial, The Jackson Foundation, Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc., Daltile, Tennsco, U.S. Bank Foundation, Nemak, High Noon Rotary Club of Dickson.
History of Dickson Habitat for Humanity
The Dickson Habitat was founded in 1994 by the Dickson County Ministerial Fellowship and built its first home in 1996. In July 2007, Habitat of Greater Nashville merged with the Dickson Habitat affiliate and built its first combined home that year. Dickson Habitat has built 36 homes since inception and opened the Dickson ReStore in 2011.
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