October 5, 2014
On Sunday, October 5, more than 50 friends, family members, and well-wishers were on hand to bless and celebrate two new Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury homes in the Brandenburg Subdivision of Fairview, TN. On October 24, the houses will be sold at cost and with zero-interest mortgages to Marian Glenn and Tiffiney Taylor.
Future homeowner Tiffiney Taylor worked every weekend for eight weeks alongside volunteers from her sponsoring organizations VGT, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, and the Rotary Clubs of Williamson County. Her home also received financing funding from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. She is ecstatic and can’t wait to close on her home. “I’m overly excited and blessed,” she says with a giant grin. “My life is about to change, and I can’t wait!”
Her new neighbor to-be, Marian Glenn, has never owned a home, but had parents who were homeowners. “They were always making improvements to their residence,” she says. “I want to embrace the values and pride that I saw my parents take in their home and execute them.”
The $70,000 needed to fund Marian’s home, as well as the volunteer manpower, was provided by a collaboration of churches, which included Franklin Christian Church, Harpeth Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church of Franklin, First Baptist Church of Fairview, and St. Matthew Catholic Church.
Pastor Rick Morrison of First Baptist Church of Fairview enjoyed how the project engaged both new and old members of his church family. “A lot of new members came out to be part of this project, and we were able to get to know each other by while working toward the same goal,” he explained. “This was a great way to minister in the community, and I want to thank everyone from Fairview First Baptist and all the other church groups that helped. We were blessed to be able to serve this great family and look forward to building with Habitat again.”
Glenn, a recent cancer survivor, and her children, Megan (26), Jennifer (24), Shannon (22), and Brad (19), have been struggling with the loss of both husband and father in recent months. The sudden passing of her husband in December of 2013 left the family struggling to make ends meet on Ms. Glenn’s limited income. She works two jobs in Cool Springs – one at TJ Maxx and the other at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Brad and Jennifer are both college students, and Shannon, who has Down Syndrome, is very active with Special Olympics and Best Buddies of Tennessee.
“If you had told me two years ago that in 2014 I would be a widow working two jobs, a breast cancer survivor, and a prospective owner of a Habitat for Humanity home, I would have said you have the wrong lady. My life has taken many dramatic turns and the opportunity to own a home through this program is a blessing! I thank my sponsors on behalf of my family for the hand up, not a hand out.”