January 16, 2015
For the last 25 years, Maury County Habitat has worked with community partners to help hardworking, low-income families with a hand up, not a handout, through its zero-interest mortgage and homeownership program. In July 2014, the affiliate merged with the neighboring Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County after much discussion and planning of both boards. The new affiliate, Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury, combines and streamlines the two organizations, enhancing the nonprofit’s capacity to serve more families in need from both counties.
Over 60 community members attended an informational breakfast meeting on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. at Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant in Columbia to discuss the merger and future of Habitat in Maury County. The meeting was hosted by the Highland Corporation, Maury Hills Church, Morgan Stanley, and Puckett’s. The Morgan Stanley Columbia office generously covered the cost of the breakfast for the meeting.
Habitat partner families were in attendance to share their personal stories and how Habitat’s mission has affected their lives. In addition, Habitat staff presented opportunities for local churches, businesses, and civic groups interested in sponsoring and volunteering on home builds. Members from the new joint board were also on hand to discuss building in both counties and gather input.
Maury Hills Church has participated in two builds with Habitat and will begin a third in coming months. The Church’s Senior Minister Russ Adcox describes Habitat for Humanity’s impact as “profound” on his congregation. “Habitat is a simple, yet powerful, way to serve the community and put our faith in action,” he notes. “I’m really excited about the opportunities this merger brings for Maury County. The new process makes it easier for more churches, civic groups, and businesses to get involved regardless of size or resources. I hope anyone interested will come out to Puckett’s Wednesday and learn about the exciting opportunities coming our way.”
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