September 2, 2014
About a year ago, I received a call from our neighboring affiliate, the Maury County Habitat for Humanity, asking if we would like to consider a new partnership. Under a previous arrangement, Habitat Williamson was already helping to serve the area, building four homes per year in the northern part of Maury County just behind Spring Hill High School. The Maury County affiliate was building more south, completing one to two homes per year in Columbia and Mount Pleasant. After many individual and collective board discussions between the two affiliates, we finalized a merger to form Habitat for Humanity of Williamson-Maury in July 2014.
I am both proud and honored to be involved in the exciting future of this affiliate. In essence, the partnership between the Williamson and Maury Habitat affiliates enhances the capacity to serve more hard-working families in need from both counties. Our goal in 2015-16 is to build 2 homes in Franklin, 4 in Spring Hill, 4 in Fairview, and 4 in Columbia for a total of 14 families served.
God, family, and community are the heart of Habitat. The “theology of the hammer” is a term that Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, used for many years to emphasize the organization’s mission of putting God’s love into action. Most literally, the term refers to building houses, nail by nail, until a qualifying family moves into their new home. This theology is also about bringing a wide variety of people, churches, businesses, and groups together to build houses and establish viable communities.
Mr. Fuller’s words and work are still the foundation of Habitat, as we would not be able to fulfill our mission without the support of our community sponsors and volunteers. We are sincerely grateful for their support in both counties and excited about the great possibilities that lie ahead. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury