Wilson Habitat to begin 82 home build for Navy veteran on Aug. 22
Wilson Habitat for Humanity will begin its 82nd home build Aug. 22 with sponsor/volunteers working in smaller groups and with Habitat providing personal protective equipment and face coverings following COVID-19 CDC and local guidelines, says Jeff Bennett, director of division. Tim's home is being sponsored by the Dugan Family Foundation.
Wilson Habitat will be starting a home for Tim Marshall, a grandfather whose life has taken several detours leaving him currently without a place to live. The Navy veteran was married with three children and “living in a big house.” Then he found himself divorced after 26 years of marriage with college debt and little way to pay it back. Tim had received a degree in healthcare administration from the University of Phoenix and “then with the divorce my income dropped and that life went away,” he recalls.
Shortly after being accepted into the Habitat program, Tim spent months healing, in rehabilitation and relearning how to walk after a trampoline accident. After being discharged from the rehabilitation facility, he went to a homeless shelter and then to a veteran’s home “because I had no other options.” He is currently on disability and living with a friend while attending Habitat’s homeownership classes in preparation to build his Habitat home. He says those tough life lessons taught him two things. “I try to never look at life as a glass half empty. If the glass really is half empty, fill it up. I had to learn to get up and fight …to live another day. You can never lose hope. I’ve had the worst year of my life but by next Christmas, I’ll have a home for my grandchildren.”
Tim remembers when he used to help build Habitat for Humanity homes as a volunteer and he never thought he would ever be living in one. “When I was a volunteer, I knew I was impacting someone’s life, but I never understood how that felt. Now I do.” To his sponsors he says, “Generations will benefit from this one act of humanitarianism. Homeownership will allow me to move in the right direction towards getting my life back on track.”
The House that Love Built Dedicates
Wilson Habitat for Humanity dedicated its 81st home, “The House that Love Built” in June for new Habitat homeowner Tara, announced Jeff Bennett, director of divisions for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville.
Tara has worked for Walmart for the past nine years and is currently working as an online shopper. She says she was ready to have her own space, she just didn’t know how to make that happen until someone told her about Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program. Future homeowners attend 100 hours of classes and work with a budget coach to prepare for homeownership. Future homeowners also spend 100 hours working on the build site with their sponsors and volunteers and volunteer at the ReStore to earn the opportunity of homeownership. Tara’s home is sponsored by an anonymous donor, Publix Super Markets Charities, and Sharing Change – A Middle Tennessee Electric Charitable Foundation.
This was the first Habitat home built in Wilson County since the shutdown caused by the Coronavirus. While one spring build had to be cancelled, this one was able to continue, but with a much smaller number of volunteers. Volunteers wore face coverings, practiced social distancing, and were still able to make good progress each day that they worked on the home.
During the Dedication Ceremony, Tara expressed her sincere appreciation to the sponsor and volunteers who have helped provide this life-changing opportunity for her. With tears in her eyes, she shared, “Each time I walk in this house, I’ll think of all of you.”
Build Better Lives . . . With Your Golf Clubs!
Wilson Habitat Golf Challenge 2020
Rescheduled for Tuesday, October 20 at Hermitage Golf Course
Support Habitat's work in Wilson County by participating in the 12th annual Golf Challenge! Individuals and teams are welcome. Sponsorship opportunities available for local businesses and companies. Check web site for what is included in each sponsorship.
For more information and to register, CLICK HERE!
Wilson Habitat Receives Nonprofit of Excellence Award!
At the recent Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Celebration, we were recognized with the Nonprofit of Excellence Award!
This is just the second year that this award has been presented, and considering the dozens and dozens of nonprofits in Wilson County, we are honored! It is reflective of the great work that our team does--staff in Lebanon and Nashville, Board Members, donors and volunteers.
Here’s the description of the award: The Nonprofit of Excellence honors a nonprofit organization that has shown excellence in delivering on the organization’s mission. Recognizes outstanding accomplishments and leadership with a reputation for excellence within the nonprofit environment and Wilson County community. This is a nonprofit that demonstrates the highest level of integrity and dedication.
Pictured: Wilson Habitat Staff--Director Tory Tredway, ReStore Manager Kim Schick, ReStore Cashier Paula Enoch, Homeowner Services Manager Veronica Mallicoat, and ReStore Assistant Manager Cody Babcock.
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 80 homes and renovated three, serving 83 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.
2020 Wilson Community Board
John Presley (J.P.)