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For more information about how you can get involved, contact Director Tory Tredway at 615.453.4439.

Women Build is Happening Now in Wilson County

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., Modern Woodmen of America, Larry Powell Builders, Lebanon Breakfast Rotary Club, Wilson County Whip Crackin Rodeo, RE/MAX Exceptional Properties.


Wilson Faith Build to Start June 3

 

Krionda is the proud mother of two daughters: Alexia, 17, and Aniyah, 14. 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. Krionda says that she loves the Middle Tennessee area and that the people here are very welcoming and friendly.

For more than seven years, Krionda and the girls lived in several different apartment complexes in Nashville. They had to keep moving due to reasons that were out of their control like flooding, mold, and a roach infestation. In their last apartment, the landlord hired a maintenance man that Krionda says was on the sexual offender list. Krionda was concerned about her employment schedule and the girls’ schedules and felt unsafe.  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 and that she learned a lot during her stay there.

Krionda, Alexia, and Aniyah are excited to partner with Habitat for Humanity relating that the opportunity to own a home brings much needed stability to their lives. In talking about her gratitude to their sponsors and volunteers she says, “Thank you from the depths of my soul!”  She adds that the “mustard seed of faith” that brought her to Nashville and provided shelter when they were homeless is now the mustard seed of faith that is providing her family a home—a place of peace.

 

Sponsors: The Memorial Foundation, Middle Tennessee Electric Sharing Change, The Bridge Fellowship, College Hills Church of Christ, First United Methodist Church of Lebanon, Mt. Juliet Church of Christ, and Victory Baptist Church.

 

 

 


Join us for this year's Houses of Hope Luncheon

Wilson Habitat for Humanity will be hosting its annual Houses of Hope fundraiser luncheon Wednesday, April 5 at the Capitol Theatre, 110 West Main Street. Registration opens at 11:30 a.m. and the program starts at noon and features Demetria Kalodimos, news anchor for WSMV Channel 4, as this year’s guest speaker, announced Tory Tredway, director Wilson Habitat for Humanity. 

 

The Houses of Hope program will feature current and future homeowners who will talk about the impact of owning a home. Three community awards will be presented to local individuals and organizations who have supported affordable homeownership in the community:  Spirit of Volunteerism, Spirit of Habitat, and Community Partnership Award. To attend this year’s event, or for more information about Wilson Habitat for Humanity, contact Tredway at ttredway@habitatnashville.org

 

If you can't make it to the luncheon but would like to donate to Wilson Habitat for Humanity, click here for a secure donation form.

 

Sponsors of this year's Houses of Hope:

  

 


Brooks Bucks are back!
 

For the 14th consecutive year, Demos’ Restaurant is serving it up for Wilson Habitat for Humanity. Each $5 donation to Wilson Habitat for Humanity buys one Brooks Buck and entitles the bearer to apply $7.50 toward one meal — lunch or dinner — at Demos’ Restaurant in Lebanon.

 

Brooks Bucks are available for purchase through the month of March and are redeemable in April, according to Tory Tredway, director of Wilson Habitat.

 

The familiar green bucks are sold through:

  • All branches of Wilson Bank & Trust in Wilson County
  • The Lebanon Democrat / Mt. Juliet News
  • Habitat for Humanity office at 606 E. Main Street, Lebanon
  • Habitat Board Members
  • Habitat ReStore

100% of sales benefit the work of Wilson Habitat for Humanity!
 


Wilson Celebrates 69th Home Build 

 

Wilson Habitat for Humanity built its 69th home in the fall of 2016 thanks to the following sponsors: Manheim Nashville, St. Stephen Catholic Community, The Memorial Foundation, A.O. Smith Foundation/Lochinvar, First Tennessee Bank, Spectra Energy, Rotary Club of Lebanon Foundation, Inc., Wilson County Whip Crackin’ Rodeo, and Georgia-Pacific Foundation, Rochelle, McCulloch & Aulds, PLLC; and WestRock.

 

 


Wilson Dedicates 68th Home

  

Wilson Habitat for Humanity dedicated its 68th home for new Habitat homeowner Jeanie Schoenbachler with sponsors Daniel and Karen Dugan and North America Administrators on Sunday. This was the fourth consecutive year that the Dugans and NAA have fully sponsored a Habitat home in Wilson County. Linda “Jeanie” is the proud single mother of a 17-year-old daughter who is a senior at Wilson Central High School. Jeanie moved to Hermitage in the ‘70s with family where she attended DuPont High School. Her brother played football for Cumberland University in the early ‘90s and Jeanie says she has always loved the area and that she is excited to finally become a homeowner.  Jeanie has worked as a hairdresser in the Nashville area for more than 30 years.

 

Jeanie says that she feels “blessed, excited and very thankful” to the sponsors and volunteers who sponsored her home and worked with her on the build site. Jeanie has attended Habitat homeownership classes prior to starting construction on her home where she learned to budget for a mortgage, maintain her home, and live more sustainably, and she has also volunteered at the Habitat ReStore. “Owning a home is the kind of stability that we have always wanted,” she says. 

 

 

The next Wilson Habitat home build is scheduled for Nov. 5.

 


 

Spring 2017

Wilson Habitat starts construction on its 67th home build

 Demicheal “Micheal” grew up in the Edgehill area of south Nashville and he is the proud father of three children. He says he loved growing up in a city known for its music. He currently works for Varsity Facility Services, which is the cleaning services company since August of 2013. Micheal graduated from Middle Tennessee State University recently with a bachelor’s degree in publishing. Micheal's home dedication is set for Sunday, June 26 at 1 p.m.

 

Micheal says that his rent has increased every year that he has renewed the lease. He tried to purchase a home with a traditional mortgage last year but did not qualify. He did qualify for the Habitat homeownership program and he is happy that the money he is paying towards rent will soon be going toward purchasing his own home.

 

“I feel blessed partnering with Habitat for Humanity with more blessings to come,” Micheal says. To his sponsors and volunteers, he says, “You have a big heart and I could not have done it without your help.”  

 

Sponsors for that build include: Middle Tennessee Electric Customers Care, Inc.; The Memorial Foundation; College Hills Church of Christ; Cracker Barrel Foundation; First United Methodist Church; Generation Changers Church; Maple Hill Church of Christ; Mt. Juliet Church of Christ; Providence United Methodist Church; St. Stephen Catholic Community; The Bridge Fellowship; and Linda Rising.


Wilson Habitat Dedicates 66th Home

Wilson Habitat dedicated its 66th home Sunday, June 5 at 1 p.m. for a low-income family as part of a Publix Super Markets Charities $4 million grant to Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the Southeast. Publix associates who have been out on the build site four weekends helping future Wilson Habitat homeowner Celeste build her new Habitat home, was there to help her celebrate on Sunday.

 

“The volunteers from Publix have been great!  We appreciate the emphasis that the company places on community involvement.  We have witnessed firsthand what a difference Publix is able to make locally.  The financial contribution to sponsor this build is significant, but we could not have built this home without the Publix employees,” says Tory Tredway, director of Wilson Habitat. 

 

Celeste, the proud mother of two daughters, explains why she applied for the Habitat homeownership program. “I want to show my children that you never say never.  Through dedication and hard work dreams can come true.”


 

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.