November 2, 2017
On October 20, 2017, HFHWM dedicated two homes in the Overlook Subdivision behind Spring Hill High School. Sponsors, family, friends, and volunteers were on hand to celebrate the hard work of Chloe Jenkins and Angel Turrentine, two single mothers who have worked alongside volunteers to build their homes over the last ten weeks.
“I can’t tell you how hard Chloe and Angel have worked these past few months, ” explains HFHWM Volunteer Coordinator Rain Fisher. “They are always the first on the build site and the last to leave. They want to talk to every volunteer and thank them personally for making their dream of homeownership come true.”
Both future homeowners are employed in the healthcare field. Chloe Jenkins works at the Wang Vision Institute in Nashville and has two boys, Jacob (6) and Mason (4). Before qualifying for the Habitat Homeownership program, she kept most of her belongings packed in boxes, just in case her rent went up again and she had to move.
“My ever-increasing rent means I end up working lots of extra hours to keep our heads above water,’ she explains. ““I am so grateful for my home sponsors, not only for volunteering to help fund and build my home, but also for providing me the opportunity to improve my boys’ quality of life.”
Angel Turrentine attended Kaplan Career Center in Nashville to obtain her Medical Assistant Certification and works with patients at Heritage Medical Center in Franklin. After completing the homeownership program and getting settled in her new home, Angel plans to continue her education and become a radiologic technologist.
Turrentine shares that she is no stranger to challenges, “I come from a single parent home. My mother worked in a factory and raised my two older brothers and me on her own after my parents divorced. We lived in public housing until I was in middle school. We struggled, but we always pulled through and moved forward.”
In addition to challenging circumstances in her youth, Angel had to battle cancer as an adult. “It was definitely the most difficult life experience I have ever faced, but the hardship opened my eyes to Christ. Through Him, I believe all things are possible.” As a single parent, the possibility of a better life for her son, Latavieous Lee (10), is her primary focus.
“I want to thank my sponsors for helping me with the opportunity to become a homeowner. I will have a shorter commute to work; Latavieous will be in a better school district; and we will live in a much safer neighborhood. Thank you for giving me hope for a brighter future and a place to always call home.”
The $70,000 needed to fund the “bricks and sticks” of each home was funded by nine community partners: CapWealth Advisors, CMG Financial, Community Health Systems, First Farmers Bank, General Motors – Spring Hill Plant, Harpeth Presbyterian Church, St. Peters’s Episcopal Church, TransCanada, and Wells Fargo.
In November 2017, HFHWM will close and sell the homes with affordable, zero-interest mortgages to Turrentine and Jenkins.