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    Work begins on newest Habitat home

    By Angie Mayes -

    Saws buzzed and nails were pounded Saturday as Publix Super Markets employees joined Wilson County Habitat for Humanity staff and volunteers for the initial days of work on Celeste Dowell’s new home in Lebanon. 

    Twenty-five people were on site on Saturday and others came Sunday, said Tory Tredway, director of Wilson County Habitat for Humanity.

    All of the exterior walls were built and the interior walls were framed. The roof trusses were placed and the frame for the front porch was built. Because the exterior walls were finished, the foam insulation was also put on the home. And that was all in one weekend.

    The home is the 66th build by Wilson Habitat for low-income families. This home was built as part of Publix Super Markets Charities $4 million grant to Habitat organizations across the Southeast.

    “Every family deserves an opportunity to have a roof over their heads and food on their table,” said Carol Jenkins Barnett, president of Publix Super Markets Charities, of the 26-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity. “My father established our foundation in 1966 with a strong desire to see our communities thrive. Forty-nine years later, we are continuing his legacy.” 

    Habitat homes are built for the low-income, but are not free, Tredway said Saturday.

    “They have a mortgage, but it is at zero interest, which makes it more affordable,” he said. 

    The home, which will be dedicated in June, is about 1,100 square feet on one story. It will house Dowell and her two daughters. 

    “I want to show my children that you never say never,” Dowell said. “Through dedication and hard work, dreams can come true.”

    She said she is excited about finishing her home and is grateful for everyone’s hard work.

    “My daughters and I are very thankful for the volunteers and to Publix Super Markets Charities,” she said. “There are not enough words to describe how thankful we are, and how I couldn’t have done it without them.”

    The work of Habitat in Wilson County began in 1992, and Wilson Habitat has built 65 houses and renovated three, serving 68 households. 

    To request an application or to receive more information about Wilson Habitat for Humanity, call 615-453-4539 or visit habitatnashville.org/divisions/Wilson.


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