Wilson division
Wilson Habitat for Humanity
Photos are of Wilson Habitat for Humanity's beautiful townhomes built in spring 2018.


2018 Fall Build

Wilson Habitat for Humanity's fall build starts Sept. 8


Wilson HomeownersJohn and Lauren glanced around their old rental home and sighed. The cracked and broken windows covered with packing tape are so drafty they have to use small electric heaters in the winter to be able to live in the home. The result is high electric and gas bills, money that is needed elsewhere especially since they are the parents of three sons: 13, 3, and 1-year-old.

The floors of the one-bedroom, one bath old home, built in the 1899, are so worn, it feels like they could give away at any moment. Some of the electric outlets don’t work and there are signs of mold in several rooms. The couple moved to Tennessee from California because John had a job offer to work with a good friend as a truck driver. He has since hurt his back, so he stays home to care for the children. Lauren found a job she loves and has already received a promotion to assistant supervisor in inventory control at Famous Footwear. Being a one-income family, money is tight for the family of five, and all the extra money they are paying for utility costs could go toward building equity in a home and stability for their children. But they can’t afford a traditional mortgage.

John and Lauren decided they needed to do something to create a more stable, self-reliant future for their family and applied for Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program. The couple are looking forward to Habitat’s education classes to learn more about how to budget for a mortgage and how to live on such a tight income. They have already managed to save $1,000 for their Habitat home mortgage down payment.

“This Habitat home will be such a huge blessing to us. It will help us have more time together as a family and save money that we currently pay towards excessive utilities,” says Lauren.

Sponsors: Danny and Karen Dugan

2018 Spring Builds

Two Homes Dedicated July 8

Two Spring home builds were dedicated, Sunday, July 8. We are excited for both families who have worked hard to own their homes! Special thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers who have helped these two families find more stability and self-reliance! To find out how you can get involved and support affordable homeownership in Wilson County, contact Director Tory Tredway at: ttredway@habitatnashville.org.



Hillary Cowell

Faith Build

Hillary was born in Nashville and has always lived in Donelson, a suburb of Nashville.  One of her favorite memories is playing outside with all her friends until twilight! Hillary graduated from Two Rivers High School and she obtained a degree in business administration from Aquinas Collage.  She has since retired from the state of Tennessee as a clerk for the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Hillary really enjoyed her position with the state and is looking forward to volunteering in her retirement years.   

Hillary lived in a tiny 640 square foot apartment since 2010 before purchasing her Habitat home. She says her rent went up every year.  Hillary believes the most exciting part of owning her own home will be to have a room for her siblings to visit.

Hillary is excited about the homeownership opportunity through Habitat for Humanity, saying that her mortgage payment will be an investment in her future. Hillary has volunteered on several Habitat for Humanity builds, which inspired her to apply for her own home.  She credits her sister, Robin, for steering her in the right direction financially so she could qualify for the Habitat homeownership program. “I’m very humbled to be the recipient of such an outpouring of generosity,” she says of her sponsors. “I will do my best to be worthy of it.

Faith Build Sponsors:  College Hills Church of Christ, First United Methodist Church, Mt. Juliet Church of Christ, Providence United Methodist Church, Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc., The Bridge Fellowship, Middle Tennessee Electric Sharing ChangeThe Memorial Foundation, and two anonymous family foundations.



Community Build

Wael and Naglaa are proud parents of two children: a 5-year-old daughter and 2-year- old son. They chose the Middle Tennessee area to live because they have a lot of friends in the area and attend church in Nashville. Wael has worked for Yates Services since November of 2015. He enjoys his current position and hopes to become a systems engineer one day.  Naglaa stays home to care for the children.

Wael and Naglaa lived in the same apartment complex for the past four years before purchasing their Habitat home. Wael works a late shift and he is concerned about his family’s safety.  Wael and Naglaa love Wilson County and can’t wait to make it their home.

Wael and Naglaa decided to apply for the Habitat for Humanity homeownership program when Wael realized the family needed more space. He needed the stability of housing costs that don’t continually rise. Wael and Naglaa didn’t qualify for a conventional mortgage and applied for the Habitat for Humanity homeownership program and qualified. They attended homeownership classes in preparation for becoming homeowners.  “Thank you so much for helping us make our dreams of homeownership come true,” Wael says.

Community Build made possible by an anonymous donor. Volunteer groups:  Enbridge, FedEx Supply Chain, Orangetheory Fitness, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Remar, and Under Armour.

2018 Golf Challenge Breaks Record

wilson golf challenge

Thanks to sponsors and golfers, $52,522 was raised this year at the annual Wilson Golf Challenge.  "This is the most money raised in the event’s 10-year history!" says Wilson Director Tory Tredway.

Special thanks to primary sponsors:


and Stumb Healthcare Professionals

Wilson Golf sponsors

To see photos from the 2018 Golf Challenge click here

To see video from the 2018 Golf Challenge click here

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 73 homes and renovated three, serving 76 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.


2018 Wilson Community Board

Joni Cochran




Kate Dailey

Kristin Fleming




Trey Geisenhoffer

Tyler Hutton




Jerry Kennon

Kim Lacy




Doug Mathis

Kyle Musice




Martin Porter

David Rhodes




David Sloan II

Katherine Stranahan




Tom Wallace