July 31, 2015
On Thursday, July 30, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson and Maury Counties dedicated its 196th home to KaRynda Barner and her three daughters. This is the 6th of 10 houses that Habitat Williamson-Maury will complete this year by partnering with local churches, civic groups, businesses, and the Tennessee Housing Development Agency to provide hard-working, low-income Williamson and Maury County families with the opportunity to purchase their own homes with a zero-interest mortgage.
The house was completed in just 15 days by local homebuilders and contractors during the Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury’s 4th annual Home Builders Blitz build.
Habitat’s Home Builders Blitz is a partnership between Habitat affiliates and the building community to build and renovate homes across the United States, helping to fulfill Habitat’s vision of “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.” This type of build began in 2002 in Wake Forest, NC and since then has resulted in more than 1,000 safe, affordable homes across the country. Builders and Habitat affiliates work closely to organize all aspects of building, including securing subcontractors and suppliers, fundraising, and seeking donations of materials.
Habitat would like to thank the following companies that supported the Home Builders Blitz this year:
- American Heating and Cooling (HVAC)
- Central Woodwork (interior doors and trim)
- Cree Products (LED bulbs)
- Dow (insulation panels and energy saving components)
- Ferguson Enterprises (light fixtures)
- Flow Construction and Valley Custom Products (drywall material)
- Ford Custom Homes (seed, straw, and landscape package)
- GAF (roofing materials)
- Hunter Douglas (window blinds)
- Huskey Truss & Building Materials (siding, walls, trusses, exterior doors, and windows)
- Irving Materials, Inc. (concrete)
- John Maher Builders (framing labor)
- The Jones Company (architectural services)
- Kenny Pipe and Supply (plumbing material)
- Lee Company (plumbing labor)
- Metro Carpets (carpet and vinyl flooring material and labor)
- Northwest Exterminating (termite treatment)
- Professional Roofers, Inc. (roofing labor at cost)
- Real Green Solutions (Energy Star inspections and certification)
- Rogers Group (stone and gravel)
- Square D (electrical breakers and panels)
- 31-W Insulation (insulation material and labor)
- Valspar (exterior and interior paint)
- The Whirlpool Corporation (refrigerator and range)
- Wilsonart (laminate counter tops and cabinets)
- Yale Locks and Hardware (exterior and interior lock sets)
- Waste Solutions (dumpster services)
Lee Company has partnered with Habitat Williamson-Maury on the Home Builders Blitz for three years. Their team of 7 has spent 14 hours roughing in the home’s plumbing and 5 hours trimming out the fixtures and installing the water heater. Zac Coppock, Plumbing Field Supervisor at Lee Company, explains what brings them back to help each year. “We love serving our community, so every year we look forward to partnering with Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury for the Home Builders Blitz. It’s wonderful to be part of the teamwork and dedication that goes into building a home that will be a great blessing to a deserving family in need!”
That deserving family is Columbia, TN native KaRynda Barner. KaRynda attended Columbia Central High School and later graduated from Tennessee Technological University. She is a staff auditor at Community First Bank and has worked there for the last eight years. She has three daughters, Dyahja (9), Danaija (8), and D’Kyra (3), and looks forward to being able to provide a safe, stable residence for her children.
KaRynda moved quickly through the Habitat homeownership program. “I have enjoyed the process – getting to know the other families in the program and building those relationships has been great,” she notes. “I have also loved working on other homes and taking classes on how to maintain my house. I look forward to being able to provide a better life for my children.” In addition, Karynda hopes that this opportunity will afford her the stability to pursue her master’s degree.
“I feel so blessed that I will have the opportunity to own my own home. The program is such a blessing.”
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 www.hfhwm.org.