August 6, 2014
On Saturday, June 7, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County will make the American dream a reality for three hard-working single mothers. With the help of friends, family members, and well-wishers, the nonprofit will celebrate the new homes, located in the Overlook Subdivision in Columbia behind Spring Hill High School. On June 27, the houses will be sold at cost and with zero-interest mortgages to the heads of households Misty Hall, Nikki Jones, and Adreinne Witherspoon.
“All the hard work of our spring build season has culminated in today’s celebration,” explains Director of Construction Billy Whipple. “Over the last three months, 474 volunteers gave 3,318 hours to help build these homes. From the various congregations of our Faith Build to the individual Women Build volunteers, these builds have brought together so many to help these families achieve homeownership.”
All three families were living in unsafe and/or overcrowded conditions with rents hundreds of dollars above the monthly average Habitat mortgage payment of $525.
“The need for affordable housing in Williamson County couldn’t be greater,” explains Habitat Williamson Director of Family Services Wayne Weaver. “In the last year, Williamson County’s median home price has risen 26 percent from $324,000 in January 2013 to $409,000 in January 2014. For many working individuals in our community like teachers, healthcare workers, city/county employees, and those in the service-sector, homeownership is not possible without Habitat.”
Such is the case for one of the build’s future homeowners, Misty Hall. Misty is a single mother of a child with autism and works as a special education teacher’s assistant with Williamson County Schools. Misty has worked alongside volunteers each weekend this spring and has chronicled the progression of her home with videos and hundreds of photos. For her son’s 10th birthday, the two celebrated with a pizza in their “new kitchen,” which at the time was just framed walls and a plywood floor.
“Since March it seems my world just seems to revolve around Habitat. Whenever I am not working on my home I find that my thoughts are not far away from it. I just don’t want to forget any part of it! I am often overwhelmed with emotion. To say I feel blessed in an understatement. I am so grateful to Brentwood United Methodist and everyone who has had a part in the process. We love each and every one of you and are so honored to be given this opportunity to own a home. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”
The $70,000 needed to complete each home was funded through a diverse group of community partners. The Spring Faith Build brought together the efforts of local churches Brentwood Baptist, Christ United Methodist Church, Fourth Ave Church of Christ, and Saint Andrew Lutheran Church. The second home was sponsored completely by Brentwood United Methodist Church. The last residence, the fifth annual Women Build home, was funded through a generous gift from Emily Magid, proceeds from the Hammers and High Heels fundraiser, and individual Women Build volunteers. Two of the homes also received financing and/or funding from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.
The dedication for all three homes will begin at 4pm in the Overlook Subdivision. 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
Directions: 1800 Daniel Court. Mapping services have yet to pick up Daniel Ct. From the intersection of Saturn Parkway & US Hwy 31, go south on US Hwy 31 approximately 2 miles, turn right onto Carters Creek Station Rd 350 ft, turn left onto Old Hwy 31 200 ft, turn right onto Carters Creek Station Rd 0.4 mi, turn right onto Richmond Rd 0.7 mi, Richmond Rd turns into Freehand Ln continue 0.2 mi, turn left onto Daniel Ct. You can also input 1865 Wendy Blvd, Columbia, TN into your GPS and get within 1 block of Daniel Ct.