Smith Family

Smith Family

Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury is excited to offer a pathway to homeownership for the Smith family. 

A Columbia native, Alarriona is looking forward to raising her family in the town she’s always called home. She moved around a lot growing up as her father was in and out of prison. 

“Every time the lease was up, we’d move or stay with a family member. I’ve lived in some tough and dangerous places. When I got pregnant, I knew I wanted my daughter to have a better life. I wanted her to have her own room, to go in the yard knowing she’ll be okay to play, and to have a house to say ‘this is where I grew up, this is my childhood home.'”

Alarriona graduated from dental staff school in September of 2022, earning a license and certificate for dental assisting. For the past 3 years, she’s been employed as a CVS pharmacy tech, which has been a positive step into the healthcare field. She plans to eventually obtain her associate’s in dental hygiene.

Alarriona is so grateful to all those who have offered support to her and her daughter on the journey to homeownership. She is looking forward to building her new home alongside our volunteers, as well as helping other families with their homes. Welcome to the Habitat family, Alarriona and Ashantis!

Allegria Family

Cynthia was born in Northbrook, Illinois but spent her high school years and beyond in Franklin, TN. She graduated from Centennial High School where her son, Geoffrey, followed in his mom’s footsteps to also graduate from CHS in 2022.

Now that Geoffrey has graduated, Cynthia has enjoyed having more time for her own hobbies. When she isn’t working at Market Graphics in Franklin, she loves to go to the gym, spend time with friends and family, and is interested in volunteering for organizations that she’s passionate about.

After living in the same apartment complex for many years, Cynthia is ready to take the next step in achieving her financial goals. She is extremely grateful for the opportunity to become a homeowner, and she has enjoyed learning more about how to save money and maintain financial stability.

We are so happy that Cynthia took the chance to apply and that we can be part of her homeownership journey.

Jones Family

Angela Jones is the epitome of never giving up, and we are so happy to have her join our Homeownership Program!

Angela was born and raised in Franklin, TN, and is a proud Franklin High School graduate. She speaks fondly of her childhood and enjoyed spending summers with her grandmother in Spring Hill. She comes from a tight-knit family that loves to spend time together. All they need to have a great time is good food and a few card games. She considers her twelve nieces and nephews and four great-nieces and nephews to be like her own children. Angela is excited to have her own home where her family can gather. One day she hopes to become a foster parent and provide a safe space to those who need it.

For the past two years, Angela has worked at Whole Foods. She loves interacting with customers every day. In her free time, she loves to find a good TV show to get lost in, and on Sundays, you can find her at Providence Baptist Church in Franklin.

The journey to homeownership has not been an easy one for Angela. The rising prices of Franklin have made it impossible to live in her hometown. As a victim of identity fraud, she has struggled to clean up her damaged credit. Through patience and hard work, Angela has been able to make her dream come true. She said, “When I become a homeowner, I will not have to worry about rent constantly going up. It will help me go further in life and experience a more steady lifestyle.”

We are so excited for Angela and can’t wait to watch her continue to grow and succeed!

Crutcher Family

Nakeisha Crutcher’s journey to homeownership has been shaped by love and resilience. Growing up in a
single-parent household in Marshall County, Nakeisha took on many responsibilities from an early
age, looking after her siblings while her mother worked. When she too became a mom during her
sophomore year of high school, she found unwavering support from her grandmother, whose love
and support played a crucial role in shaping the woman she is today. Despite the hurdles of teen
motherhood, she nearly completed her senior year but ultimately made the difficult decision to drop
out, later obtaining her GED.

Being a mom to Maurikeon (16) and Nariyah (4) is her greatest joy in life. Maurikeon loves music and
the arts, teaching himself guitar and piano. Nariyah embraces her inner diva, exploring singing,
makeup, and gymnastics. As a family, they love to play games and watch movies together.
Nakeisha’s heart for others shines through in all that she does.

As a property manager of a 62 and older/disabled community, she has been dedicated to providing affordable, income-based homes for seniors and disabled individuals for almost five years. She shares a close bond with her 130 residents and considers them to be her second family, knowing them all by first and last name.

Nakeisha loves to garden and looks forward to growing fruits, veggies, and herbs at her new home. She also enjoys making her own all-natural skincare products, a talent she has used to benefit family and friends. Her compassionate spirit also shines through in her dedication to caring for her mother, currently battling breast cancer. Nakeisha not only supports her family but also actively participates in breast cancer awareness events, aiming to spread awareness and stand in solidarity with other women facing similar challenges.

Nakeisha applied to Habitat for Humanity driven by the desire to provide her children with a stable,
forever home.

Cater Family

Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury is excited to welcome the Cater family into our Homeownership Program!

Heather Cater has called Columbia, TN home for most of her life. Throughout her childhood, she and her 4 siblings bounced from place to place- struggling to find stability and peace. At 15, she dropped out of high school after facing homelessness and discovering she was pregnant with her first daughter. Although life has not been easy for Heather, she has persevered.

For over 5 years, Heather has been employed at McDonald’s. While working full-time and raising her children as a single mother, she is also earning an associate’s degree in Nursing.

Outside of work, Heather is learning new recipes, planting in her garden, and putting her faith into action. The Cater family loves to play board games, watch movies, spend time outside, and bake together. Her girls love to learn and are involved in many activities, such as dancing, running, and drawing.

Heather is looking forward to providing a permanent home for her children that will foster stability and a sense of community.
“I’m eager to grow as a family, as well as help build the homes and participate in the financial education classes.”
The Cater family would like to thank the sponsors, donors, and volunteers from the bottom of their hearts for changing lives and providing this blessing to their family.

Bettis Family

Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury is happy to welcome D’Angelo, his wife, Tierra, and their children Gabriella (7), Arianna (5), Mar’riana (3), and Josiah (1) into the Homeownership Program.

D’Angelo is originally from Mobile, Alabama, but relocated to Columbia, TN in high school. He was raised in a close-knit family, always playing games with his younger brother and sister. Tierra grew up in Columbia, TN alongside her five siblings. She sadly lost her father at a young age, so her family had to frequently move throughout her childhood. For her, providing a stable, permanent space for their family to call home is truly a blessing.

D’ Angelo currently works at Magna Seating of Spring Hill as a utility floater and aspires to attend trade school for industrial maintenance and one day hopes to start his own business. His wife, Tierra, has her hands full as a stay-at-home mom for their four lively children.

In his spare time, D’Angelo enjoys fishing, hunting, working on cars, and spending time with his kids. His favorite activity, of course, is being a father. “We like being adventurous and doing things together as a family,” he states. Tierra loves to cook and is excited to prepare home-cooked meals in her own kitchen.

This home is a dream come true for the Bettis family. Although becoming homeowners has been a lifelong goal for the Bettis family, they were not able to qualify for traditional mortgage options. The family’s present living conditions are unsafe and overcrowded, resulting in their three daughters sharing a cramped bedroom.

Through the Habitat Homeownership Program, his children will finally have bedrooms of their own and the Bettis family will have a safe space where they will make lasting memories together.

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