October 12, 2015
On Saturday, October 10, Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury dedicated two new homes in Columbia, TN to the Jordon and Hammond families. These are the 7th and 8th homes of 10 that the Habitat affiliate will complete this year by partnering with local churches, civic groups, businesses, and the Tennessee Housing Development Agency to provide local families with the opportunity to purchase their own homes.
When Veronica Jordon learned she had been accepted into the Habitat Homeowner program last year, she couldn’t stop her tears of joy and couldn’t wait to get started on her home build. The bricks and sticks of her home were funded by Bank of America, Estate of Mildred Forkois, First Assembly of God – Columbia, Lasko Products, Optum Healthcare, and Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, and for the last 10 weeks, she has labored alongside community volunteers from the Columbia Noon Rotary, Destiny Church, Grace Church of the Nazarene, Maury Hills Church of Christ, and Thompson’s Station Church. She has done everything from moving wall panels to trim painting, and always with the brightest smile on her face.
Veronica was born and raised in Columbia, TN and has worked for Wal-Mart for 10 years. She has two sons, Antwan (12) and Aquavion (7). Aquavion suffers from severe epilepsy and also struggles with a speech delay. Her new home and its large yard will be a godsend for her family. “Aquavion makes sounds to communicate but cannot form words yet,” she explains. “Also, he has been known to wander off, so I spend a great deal of time watching over him. My boys will now have a safe place to play. I want the sponsors to know that they are helping to change my life and the lives of my son.”
Across town, the Hammond family has worked alongside their sponsors Capella Healthcare, Franklin First United Methodist Church, Franklin Christian Church, General Motors – Spring Hill, Harpeth Presbyterian Church, UL, and Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati to complete their home. They are counting down the days until they can pack their moving truck.
“We are very excited about the house being finished and seeing all of our hard work come together,” Antonio Hammond notes. “We have waited a long time for this moment, but it has been well worth it. I would like to say that this has been an experience like no other! Throughout this process we have met some amazing people that took time on their weekend, despite having lives of their own, to come lend a helping hand to complete strangers. We can’t wait to be able to create memories in our home from birthday parties to Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s going to be a wonderful feeling to actually invite family to our own home this Thanksgiving. We would like to say thank you to each and every person who has helped us on this journey. It is a dream come true thanks to all of you.”
After the dedications, the houses will be sold to the partner families at no profit and with zero-interest, 30-year mortgages.