December 6, 2013
December 6, 2013
Franklin, TN – On Friday, December 6, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County will dedicate its 140th home to Frank Lemus, just in time for the family to celebrate Christmas in their new home. Frank has worked at Lasko Products in Franklin for six years as a welder on the manufacturing line. He is a single dad, and he and his son Frankie currently live in a small apartment with a tiny kitchen and no outdoor yard space. Frankie loves to play outside, and Frank worries about his safety. Their new home is being built in Spring Hill and is located on a cul-de-sac. It has a spacious yard and will provide them with security and plenty of room to play.
Frank explains what the home means to his family, “It’ll change our lives in ways we never could have imagined. My son wants to play ball outside and run freely in a large space instead of always being stuck inside watching TV with nowhere else to go. He now has that chance to explore. It’s just what I’ve always hoped for: a place where we could live as a happy father and son.”
Each year since 2003, The Jones Company, a Nashville-based home builder, has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County to build a home for a local, hard-working family. This, their tenth home, is being built in partnership with Crye-Leike, Realty.
“We’re pleased to partner with Habitat on this year’s Fall Build,” remarked Kenneth Stricker, Jones Company CEO. “It’s important for The Jones Company’s team to give back to the community by designing and building beautiful homes for deserving families. We can’t wait for the Lemus family to see the finished product.”
The year 2007 marked the beginning of Habitat’s ‘Building New Traditions’ program, which was a four-year, $5,796,000 affordable homeownership initiative under which Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County worked to improve the architectural style of its homes, acquire and develop both residential lots for individual homes and residential tracts for small distinctive Habitat neighborhoods in Williamson County, and build and sell 46 affordable Williamson County Habitat homes in partnership with hard-working, lower-income families living or working in Williamson County. Although The Jones Company and Crye-Leike were involved with Habitat for a few years before this initiative began, the program really solidified their commitment and involvement for years to come.
“For the last 10 years, the Jones Company has worked with Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County to provide local hardworking families with our philosophy of a hand up, not a handout, through our zero-interest mortgage and homeownership program,” said Becket Moore, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County. “From the donation of their architectural services to redesign our home plans to sponsoring a whole home each year, the Jones Company has been making a real and measurable difference in the lives of local families. We here at Habitat, and all those we serve, are truly blessed by their ongoing partnership.”