Murfreesboro, TN– Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity (RCHFH) is thrilled to partner with Calvary Baptist Church on a Panel Build where over 100 volunteers will build all of the walls for a Habitat house in just 5 hours. The event will take place in the parking lot at Calvary Baptist Church, 431 DeJarnette Ln in Murfreesboro, Saturday August 6, 9am – 2pm and the public is invited to stop by and cheer the volunteers on. Church members can sign up for the volunteer spots with their church.
As the walls are built, volunteers will stand them up to create a Habitat house right there in the parking lot. They will be able to walk through the house with Future Homeowner Lindsey and sign the walls with best wishes and scripture. Team photos and video will be taken throughout the event. There will also be a dunking booth and cooling fans to help volunteers beat the heat.
After the Panel Build, the finished walls will be moved to the construction location of the Habitat house at Legacy Pointe for Future Homeowner Lindsey who works for Cardinal Health in LaVergne. Like most Habitat Future Homeowners, Lindsey has been cost burdened with high rent and limited rental choices for her and her three children. They have moved around a lot and are ready to settle down.
“Habitat is giving my children and I the chance to live a normal life,” she states.
Lindsey has been accepted to Motlow State Community College where she hopes to get a degree in accounting. Her children are also looking forward to finally having a place of their own and doing all the things that most people take for granted like mowing, gardening, riding bikes, and having friends over. The Habitat program will make their dreams come true.
Habitat Future Homeowners earn 40-80% of the Area Medium Income (AMI) and cannot qualify for a conventional mortgage. Lindsey has completed Financial Literacy and Homeowner Education classes where she learned how to manage her money, make good financial decisions and a plan to maintain her home. She is also completing 300 hours of sweat equity by working on Habitat builds, including building her own home. The sweat equity program gives Future Homeowners a chance to really see how a house is built and what goes into their own home. They also learn how to maintain their home.
This panel build event is the first time RCHFH has partnered with Calvary Baptist Church.
“We are so blessed to have the financial and volunteer support of Calvary Baptist and hope to continue this partnership for years to come,” states RCHFH Executive Director Terri Shultz.
RCHFH’s Legacy Pointe affordable housing subdivision on Twin Oak Drive currently is home to 14 families and will eventually have 77 houses for low-moderate income individuals and families. Lindsey’s house will be built between August and November and she and her family will be able to move in for the holidays.
Learn More: Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit, non-denominational Christian housing ministry, seeks to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope. This is done through building quality, energy-efficient, affordable houses while partnering alongside working families. Homes are built by RCHFH construction staff, Future Homeowners, and community volunteers. After a home is completed, it is sold to the family at no profit with an affordable monthly mortgage. More information about the homeownership program is on the website: www.rchfh.org.
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