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Habitat empowers former homeless mother

Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Nov 20, 2013 at 12:53 AM

Wilson Habitat for Humanity dedicated its last home of the 2013 build season Sunday at 416 Alydar Drive in Watertown for a single mother who was formerly homeless.

This was the 59th Habitat house built in Wilson County.

Jessica Williams, and her son, Brendon, 9, accepted the keys to their new Habitat home joined by her sponsors and local volunteers. Williams attended HomeWORKS classes and worked alongside her sponsors and volunteers throughout the build to earn the opportunity to buy her home with a zero-percent interest mortgage rate.

“This is a special day for a special lady who has worked hard to provide stability for herself and her son,” said Tory Tredway, director of Wilson Habitat. “Jessica’s commitment to completing our program and providing a home for her son are commendable. We’re thankful for her sponsor’s support as we celebrate the beginning of her journey to a better future.”

After Williams hit rock bottom and became homeless, living in a shelter in Florida for 10 months, she moved back to Tennessee to be closer to family. She said she had lost faith in humanity before coming to Habitat for help. Brendon inspires her to work hard to provide a stable life for them both. She currently works in an administrative position in the human resources department of a local imaging company and loves to spend her free time with her son.

“We appreciate that Habitat participants work hard to achieve their dream of homeownership,” said Daniel Dugan, president and chief executive of North America Administrators, house sponsor for Williams’ home. “We could not be more proud of Jessica.”

The Memorial Foundation also sponsored the build.

Habitat expressed its thanks to the employees and families of North America Administrators; family and friends of Danny and Karen Dugan; Wilson County Schools students and faculty; Bridgestone Distribution Center employees; Cumberland University students and faculty; and International Assurance of Tennessee employees

In November, Cumberland athletic programs made a pair of trips to build houses for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville.

The Bulldog softball, baseball, cross-country and tennis teams each visited the sites on Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. The teams aided in the construction of homes in connection with Habitat’s mission of “enabling dignity of life for those who choose it and work to achieve it, help to create safer neighborhoods for more children and facilitate a pathway of hope for those they serve.”

Wilson Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian ministry that provides the life-changing opportunity for people to purchase and own quality, affordable homes. Prior to becoming homeowners, Habitat partner families attend home education classes, work at the build site, and volunteer at Habitat’s retail outlet, the ReStore. The work of Habitat in Wilson County began in 1993 and Wilson Habitat has now built 59 houses and renovated three, serving 62 families. To request an application or receive more information about Wilson Habitat for Humanity, call 615-453-4539 or visit habitatnashville.org/divisions/Wilson.

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