Williamson County Students Complete 14th Habitat High House

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Williamson County Students Complete 14th Habitat High House

March 9, 2014

Date Start
March 9, 2014 @ 02:00 am

Date End
March 9, 2014 @ 04:00 pm

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On Sunday, March 9, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County (HFHWC) will dedicate its 141st home to Marc and Lauren Pelfrey and their 18-month-old son Maddux. Built and sponsored by local high schools through the Habitat High program, this new, energy-efficient residence is located in the Brandenburg subdivision in Fairview, TN. 

Over the last five weekends, Lauren and Marc have worked alongside over 650 students from Brentwood, Centennial, Currey Ingram Academy, Fairview, Franklin, Independence, Ravenwood, and Summit High Schools.  

This is the 14th Habitat High home for Habitat Williamson, and the $70,000 needed for the build was funded through several projects undertaken by the Habitat High clubs at each school and through the generous donations of community sponsors Lasko Products, Inc., the Nashville Predators Charitable Foundation, the Dobberpuhl Foundation, Touchstone Energy®, Middle Tennessee EMC , Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, and Tennessee Housing Development Agency. After the dedication, the home will be sold by Habitat Williamson to the Pelfreys with a zero-interest mortgage.

Despite very cold and wet weather, the Pelfreys’ home remained ahead of schedule thanks to the hard-working students. “We couldn’t have asked for better volunteers,” noted Habitat Volunteer Manager Billy Whipple. “Everyone jumped in and brought great energy to the build each day.” He continued, “This is one of the only Habitat builds of its kind in the country and couldn’t happen without the immense commitment of these schools.” 

Rachel West, a senior and co-president of the Brentwood High School chapter, has been involved in Habitat High since she was a freshman.  She explained what connects her to the Habitat mission. “The beauty of Habitat High is that even as high school students, we are able to band together with other Williamson County Schools to raise money to sponsor a house build. Habitat for Humanity helps others in ways they cannot help themselves. It provides a hand up for families with a dream of raising children in a safe home with a stable environment. Every day, I’m increasingly filled with gratitude for the privilege to be involved in such an amazing charity. One person cannot build a house, but a community of people can build a home.”

Lauren and Marc cannot wait to move in, and when asked what this process has meant to her, Lauren beams, “I have caught myself numerous times stepping back and taking it all in. Watching these students and volunteers working on our house and doing it with such a loving and happy heart is one of the most humbling feelings and experiences. We couldn’t do it without everyone who has been involved and we are very thankful.” 

The dedication for the Pelfreys’ home will begin at 2pm in Brandenburg Cove in Fairview. Members of the participating organizations, board, staff, homeowners, and volunteers will be in attendance. All supporters are welcome! Please contact Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County at 615-690-8090 if you need directions to the event. 

For additional information or to get involved as a donor or volunteer, please contact Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County at 615-690-8090 or visit hfhwm.org.

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