4000th Habitat Home in TN
Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 4,000th Habitat Home Built in the State of TN
On Veterans Day, we had the great honor of dedicating the 4,000th Habitat Home in the State of Tennessee to Vietnam Veteran Harold Allen. Over 200 supporters from as far as Knoxville came to celebrate this important Habitat milestone and welcome Mr. Allen into his new, ADA-compliant home. In attendance were veterans and active duty service members, the Air Force ROTC Detachment 790, and Mr. Allen’s American Legion Post 215. Guest speakers included City of Franklin Mayor Dr. Ken Moore, Senator Jim Tracy, Senator Jack Johnson, Todd Berry of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, Ralph Perrey of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, Congressman Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, and Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder. In addition, over 65 representatives from Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the State traveled to the celebration. The event included a special performance of “God Bless the USA” by Mr. Lee Greenwood. Mr. Greenwood remarked on the event, “I’m proud to be here, I’m proud to be in America and I’m proud to be on the front porch of Mr. Allen’s brand new home.” Mr. Allen closed on his home on November 21, becoming the first person in his family to become a homeowner. Welcome Home, Harold!
Harold Allen has been selected as the homebuyer of this landmark build which will be celebrated with a dedication on Veterans Day, November 11, 2014. Harold, a native of Franklin, graduated with the last segregated senior class from Natchez High School, now known as Franklin High. He was raised by his grandmother along with his three sisters and one brother. Neither his parents, nor his grandparents were homeowners. However, Harold has always held onto the American Dream of homeownership.
“Thank you for fulfilling my dream of owning a home. I thank God for sending an angel. You have really touched my heart. Not only for sponsoring my home, but for all of the other families that are blessed with the homes that you build,” remarked Harold Allen.
Harold’s desire has always been to serve others, and he is known in the community for always lending a helping hand. He struggles everyday with injuries sustained while in active combat, yet has never let it affect his efforts to give back. Harold and his live-in aide, Toni, enjoy helping local charities. Toni knits and crochets hats and scarfs and they collect donated gloves for the Nashville Rescue Mission and Bridges. Harold is also active at Limestone Missionary Baptist Church in Franklin.
Life after active duty has been difficult for Harold. He has two artificial hips, has had three strokes, and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Ironically, this gentlemen who fought for our freedom, experiences great distress on Independence Day. The sound of fireworks reminds him of his years in combat and the childhood friends he went to war with and lost while serving in Vietnam. Nonetheless, he focuses on the blessings given to him.
Harold wants his sponsors to know that his home will be a haven of peace and a place where friends and family can share in his joy. He envisions planting flowers and vegetables in his future garden and spending time with his adult children.
Thank you to our sponsors!