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Habitat dedicates its 135th home

Williamson Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County dedicate its 134th and 135th homes on May 19, both in Columbia, Tenn.

The first home was dedicated to Tarren Seabolt and her two-year-old son, Jayden. Tarren has worked at McDonald’s in Columbia for six years and is now a shift manager. Serious about creating a secure future for her son, Tarren was instantly drawn to the Habitat homeowner process. She completed the required 420 sweat equity hours by attending budget coaching classes and volunteering in the Habitat’s nonprofit home improvement store, the ReStore on Columbia Avenue. Tarren also finished the basic money management steps of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace class and is now able to start saving for Jayden’s college fund.

“There are no words that can express how truly thankful we are,” Seabolt said. “It has changed our lives in so many ways. I can never thank them enough.”

The home next door was dedicated to Thithialea White, a working mother of four, finishing up her bachelor degree in business management. To save up the $2,000 needed for closing costs, she worked part-time at Target on top of her other commitments. White’s efforts were supported by her sons, Tarrik and DeVonta, who stepped up to earned sweat-equity hours by volunteering at the Franklin Boys & Girls Club and other school and church projects.

“Habitat has restored my faith in myself,” she said. “It has given me dignity and pride that I can do great things. We have learned how to prepare and follow a budget, build our home, and maintain our home for many years. Not too many programs walk with you like Habitat for Humanity.”

Since 1992, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County has partnered with local churches, businesses, foundations, and the public sector to provide 135 hard-working, low-income Williamson and Maury County families with the opportunity to purchase their own homes. For more information, visit www.habitatwilliamson.org.

Posted on: 5/31/2013

 
 

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