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Habitat, volunteers build homes for Fairview families

Tracie Johnson was plagued by poor health that resulted in several surgeries in 2012. Today she is glad to be alive and delighted for the new beginning her Habitat House will provide Tracie and her four children. She is pictured here with her son Joseph.

Photos by Carole Robinson

Two families will soon be moving into a new homes in Fairview built by Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County and several dozen volunteers. 

Construction on the two Habitat homes is almost completed, and by the end of the month, Tracie Johnson and her four children—Destiny, Hope, Jacob and Joseph—and Kelvin and Kelly Bell and their four children—Tresaviuos, Karizma, Zakiyah and Keeno will be settling into their own homes thanks to the many volunteers and sponsors who made their dreams a reality.

Johnson, who was plagued with health issues in 2012 that resulted in several surgeries and financial struggles, is in awe and deeply grateful for Women Build and the Women of Williamson County.

Both groups raised the funds to build a home for her family. 

This is the fourth home the group has built—with help from plenty of men and sponsors that include Wal-Mart, Williamson County Rotary Clubs, CRT, Fourth Avenue Church of Christ, Darrell Waltrip, NIC, Alpha Technology and VGT.

“I can’t think of the words to express how thankful I am for all of the wonderful women who are giving me the chance to give my kids something that seemed unattainable for a long time,” Tracie said. 

“I want them all to know that we love them and we are looking forward to having a ‘normal’ life again.”

This year’s Fall Build Habitat Home is being built across the street from the Johnson home for the Bell family. They are a “young, hard working family who loves God and each other.” 

Kelvin and Kelly are dedicated to providing the best for their young, active family, who range in age from one to 12. 

Kelvin Bell, Tammella Bower and Kelly Bell paint shutters for the Bell's new home. Kelvin and Kelly have four children - two boys and two girls - from age one to 12.

For the young couple, the opportunity to own their own home means a safe, healthy place where to create wonderful family memories.

“Words can’t express how thankful we are,” they said. “We would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for helping build our family home.”

Sponsors of the Fall Build include First Presbyterian Church of Franklin,

HP, Franklin Christian Church, Harpeth Presbyterian Church, The Nashville Presbytery and Mapco/BP.

Both homes located on Brandenburg Cove in Fairview will be dedicated on Sunday Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.

Posted on: 10/10/2013


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