Wilson Habitat for Humanity is kicking off its first build of the 2014 season Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at 410 Alydar St. in Watertown, making this the 60th Habitat home built in Wilson County.
Habitat is celebrating 20 years of service by constructing a quality, affordable home for single mother Jennifer Clark and her 16-year-old son, according to Tory Tredway, Wilson Habitat director.
After a tumultuous childhood, Jennifer eventually made her way toTennessee, but found herself homeless with a small child. She lived out of a car while her mother helped care for her son. But Jennifer wanted to provide a better life for her son. She enrolled at Volunteer State Community College, where she is currently studying veterinary technologies.
She is attending school full-time and working full-time to create a better future for herself and her son LaVonte.
“I want to be a success story and make everyone proud that they helped my family, and I hope to be in a position one day to do the same for other families that have endured so much,” she said.
While working and going to school, Jennifer also found time to attend Habitat’s homeowner education classes and will be working on the build site with her sponsors.
“We are proud of Jennifer and the commitment she has made to fulfill her requirements with Habitat. She has persevered through various challenges this semester as she has been going to school, working, and participating in the Habitat classes.
“She is keeping her eye on the goal - a beautiful home and a new beginning for herself and LaVonte,” said Tredway.
When she finally gets moved into her new Habitat home Jennifer said,“I think I will
take a deep breath, pray with my son, thank God, cook a nice meal and have the best sleep of my entire life!”
Jennifer’s home is being sponsored by area faith groups: College Hills Church of Christ; Crossroads Community Church; First United Methodist Church; Maple Hill Church of Christ; Mt. Juliet Church of Christ; Providence United Methodist Church; St. Stephen Catholic Community; and The Bridge Fellowship.
Additional sponsors include: Cracker Barrel Foundation, The Memorial Foundation and Middle Tennessee Electric Customers Care.
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 1992 and the first house was built in 1994. Wilson Habitat has completed 59 new houses and renovated three, serving 61 families. To request an application or to receive more information about Wilson Habitat for Humanity, call 615-453-4539 or visit habitatnashville.org/divisions/Wilson.