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Habitat for Humanity dedicates new home in Southside

On Sunday, August 11, the family of Tonya Harris received keys to their new Southside home from Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County.

Harris was moved to tears when builder Chris Blackwell handed her keys to the home on Chapel Hill Road, two years after applying for a Habitat home.

“I really never thought I’d have anything like this but with Habitat and C. Blackwell Construction, my prayers have been answered and I have a safe place to raise my daughter.” Harris said.

Chris Blackwell of C Blackwell Construction presents the keys to Tonya Harris on Sunday, August 12, 2019. (Photo: Lee Erwin/ClarksvilleNow.com)

Seven year old Haley attends Montgomery Central Elementary School told ClarksvilleNow.com, “One day I’m going to get my bedroom wall painted with unicorns on it. I’m very glad I’m in my new house,” said Haley.

Like all Habitat families, Harris completed more than 250 ’sweat equity,’ work hours and classes on home ownership.

The ceremony included comments from District 4 County Commissioner Rickey Ray, the presentation of a family quilt by Kay Jay of the Clarksville Quilt Posse, a home library from Gail Longton of Daughters of the American Revolution and a native tree presentation by Margaret Pace of the Master Gardeners Association.

Pastor Craig Tate of Ryes Chapel United Methodist Church offered the blessing of the home and Habitat Board President Kevin Underwood presented an inscribed family Bible.

The Harris home was built in partnership with C. Blackwell Construction with the following partner-contractors and volunteers: 1st Choice Drywall, Adams Products, Aguila’s Outdoor Improve, Airborne Electric, All Tech Insulation, American Wholesalers, B&R Siding, Big Hey Enterprises, Blake’s Lawn Care, Brinkley Electrical, Budget Blinds, Clarksville Lighting, Closet Design Specialists, Davenport Exteriors, Double A Construction, Express Roofing, Farrell-Calhoun Paints, Hazlett’s Concrete,  Hollis & Hollis Trucking, Leiva’ Painting, Lewis Bros. Guttering, Malugin Heating & Cooling, Mark Davis Trucking,  Lowes, Quality Trim & Paint, Salem Custom Cabinets, Taylor Services, Thomas Lumber, Trey’s Trim, Vulcan, Wallace Supply, and Whirlpool Appliances. 

The Clarksville-based ministry is seeking partners in the construction trade interested in partnering on a future Habitat home to help eliminate poverty housing in Montgomery County. 

For information, call (931) 645-4222

(Photos courtesy: Lee Erwin/ClarksvilleNow.com)

Spring. A season for dedications, meditations and gratitude

As spring arrives, we move into one of our busiest times of the year at Habitat.

Just as the first signs of spring started adding color to the Clarksville landscape, we dedicated two new homes.

The family of Messiah Sadler, on the first day in their new Habitat for Humanity home in Clarksville.

We’re so grateful for our newest homeowners, Sonya McAdoo and Messiah Sadler, whose homes were dedicated on March, 10, and recognize all our partners who made it possible:

312-W Insulation, Adams Products, Arms Drywall, Jesse Burney, C. Brown Construction, Clarksville Gutter, Clarksville Insulation, Commercial Installation, Closet Design Specialist, Dennis Pitts Electric, Ed Page Concrete, Epps Drywall, E.G. Masonry, Express Roofing, Jesse Grayer, Mark Greene, Hand Backhoe, Mike Harrison, Hollis & Hollis Trucking, Jackson Drywall, Jason & Morgan Holt, JC Restoration, Jodi’s Cabinet Sales, Legend Electrical.

Lifepoint Church, Little Piping & Mech., Lyons Pest Control, Mainstream Heating and Cooling, Made in the Shade Blinds & More, Mark Floyd Plumbing, Orgain Ready Mix, Ortex Pest Control, The Paul & Donnie Show, Phoenix Excavating, Redman Excavating, Rye Family Syndicate, Screaming Eagle Ready Mix, Sophisticated Plumbing, Thomas Lumber, Vulcan Materials,. Trane of Clarksville, Weakley Bros. Engineering, Whirlpool.

When you think of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, please be reminded of all these dedicated partners that make decent, affordable, housing a reality in Clarksville-Montgomery County.

“Through shelter, we empower.”

Clarksville brewery aims to raise funds for local nonprofits through ‘Ale-truism’

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (November 16, 2020) – Thanks to the generosity of King’s Bluff Brewery (KBB), Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, TN will now benefit from funds raised by a new beer on tap at the local gathering spot

The new brew, known as the Hometown Honey Golden Ale, is part of KBB’s ‘Ale-truism’ program. The brewery has created multiple unique beers to benefit local charities by donating $1 from each pint to a host of local nonprofits including the Middle TN Association for Down Syndrome, the Humane Society of Clarksville-Montgomery County, Friends of Dunbar Cave, and now Habitat.

The KBB crew has also spent time volunteering at the Clarksville ReStore, which serves as a source of funding for Habitat.

“We’re grateful to volunteers like those at KBB who give their time and talents to organizations like Habitat. It’s exciting to see local businesses get involved in the spirit of community and giving back,” Habitat’s Executive Director Rob Selkow said.

KBB’s owner Dustyn Brewer explained why the brewery invests so much in local charitable organizations.

“For us, it’s simple: Put good into your community, you get good back,” Brewer said. “With our ‘Pints for a Purpose’ we have the ability to do just that. We’ve been fortunate to have amazing community partners, like Habitat, with the same value-set as us where we all have an opportunity to make a real difference. Ale-truism is a key component for most brewing communities, and we’re seeing real growth in Clarksville. We’re happy to be a part of it!”

To try out the Hometown Honey Golden Ale or one of the other ‘Ale-truism’ brews on tap, visit King’s Bluff Brewery at 128 University Avenue in downtown Clarksville, just a short walk from the Clarksville ReStore.

Follow Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County and the Clarksville ReStore on Facebook or sign up for the e-newsletter for updates.

To schedule a pickup or request more information about Clarksville ReStore, call 931-645-4242 or email donate@clarksvillerestore.org. Donations can also be dropped off at the rear loading dock at 404 Madison Street in downtown Clarksville.

Eagle Scout creates Community Kiosks for 3 Clarksville nonprofits

The kiosks at Clarksville ReStore, other locations will feature literature from local nonprofit organizations

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (September 15, 2020) – Taydan Jackson of Clarksville, Tennessee has completed his Eagle Scout project, which is now on display through three local nonprofit social service agencies to provide service information to the public.

Jackson met with representatives from Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Tennessee (HFHMCTN) last fall to brainstorm a community project that would benefit those in need in the community. He decided to create a Community Kiosk, which will provide information to the public on more than a dozen local nonprofit charities and services.

Three kiosks will be stationed in Clarksville at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore (404 Madison Street), Loaves and Fishes (215 Foster Street) and Manna Café Ministries (605 Providence Blvd.).

Jackson was responsible for designing, fundraising, securing donations of materials, and arranging for transport of the kiosks.

“This has the potential to help a lot of people. If it helps one person find out where they can learn to read or get help for a family member with special needs, then this is a success to me,” Jackson said. “My goal is to see how many people I could help with one generalized effort. There’s no way to help each person every time there is a need, so to make this information available to people, where they’re likely to find it was my goal and I feel I accomplished that.”

Jackson thanked Bob Brundage, Roger Nell, Jason Senn, Brett Jackson, scouts and parents of Troop 503, and Lowe’s Home Improvement on Madison Street for helping him with the project.

An unveiling for the kiosk was held at the Habitat ReStore on Saturday, September 12. The Habitat ReStore is a furniture, home goods, and building supply reseller that provides funds to Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County.

“We get thousands of customers in our store every month and the Community Kiosk will provide pamphlets, applications, and volunteer information for many nonprofits who provide food, youth mentoring, utility assistance, free classes, and other services,” HFHMCTN Executive Director Rob Selkow said.

Loaves and Fishes Executive Director Dr. Rita Burnett attended the unveiling and expressed her gratitude to Taydan for his project.

“Taydan has truly blessed us with the project and he is a phenomenal young man. Many of our clients don’t have internet and we can’t wait to display this project to provide them with information on legal aid, disability assistance, housing, recovery, and other types of assistance and available resources,” she said.

Follow Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County and the Clarksville ReStore on Facebook or sign up for the e-newsletter for updates. 

To schedule a pickup or request more information about Clarksville ReStore, call 931-645-4242 or email donate@clarksvillerestore.org. Donations can also be dropped off at the rear loading dock at 404 Madison Street in downtown Clarksville. 

Photography by David Smith on display at Clarksville ReStore’s Community Space

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (August 2020) – Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Tennessee welcomes local photographer David Smith to the Community Space in the Clarksville ReStore.

Smith’s work is on display and on sale now in the space for a limited time.

David E. Smith is a retired U.S. Army Still Photographer. He arrived in Clarksville in 1976 as a member of the 101st Airborne Division and later returned to Clarksville with his family.

Smith regularly participates in the monthly Art Walk that takes place in Historic Downtown Clarksville. He has also donated images to the Roxy Regional Theatre, Montgomery County Humane Society, Custom’s House Museum, and the United Way. In addition to the ReStore, his work is currently on display at Clarksville City Hall, Clarksville Veterans Administration Clinic, and the Montgomery County Trustee’s Office.

“I feel that it is important, as an artist, to help preserve history through photographs,” Smith said. “Most of my images detail cityscapes and scenic vistas of the beautiful Clarksville, TN area, while others capture the magnificence and phantasmagorias of Tennessee State Parks.”

Visit the Clarksville ReStore’s new Community Space at 404 Madison Street in downtown Clarksville to view samples of Smith’s work and browse the ReStore. Please note that masks are required in-store.

Habitat for Humanity plans to feature a variety of local artists in the space. For more information about the art displays, email info@habitatmctn.org or call 931-645-4222 ext. 1000.

The Community Space was made possible by a grant from Best of Clarksville, a local organization that provided donations for local and national charitable groups for 19 years before retiring the program in early 2020. Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County was one of the last nonprofit organizations to receive funding from Best of Clarksville.

The Community Space will serve as a separate area within the ReStore for art programs, youth mentoring, nonprofit meetings, and much more. Further information about use of the space will be provided in the coming months.

Newburn named Community Development Director for City of Clarksville

Courtesy of City of Clarksville Government

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. –  Dennis Newburn, who has more than 25 years of experience as a community development professional, has been named director of Clarksville’s Office of Housing and Community Development.

“I’ve found Clarksville to be a vibrant and growing community, and I’m impressed with the friendliness and positive attitudes of the City’s people, leadership and staff,” Newburn said. “I’m excited to be working with people who are dedicated to supplying decent and affordable housing and expanding the ability of all residents to thrive.”

Newburn arrives from Mesa, Ariz., where he served as the city’s Community Revitalization Coordinator from 2015 to 2019. Earlier, he was Programs Director for the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Regional Housing Manager for the Rural Community Assistance Corp. in West Sacramento, Calif. 

As a consultant, he has provided technical assistance on affordable housing development to nonprofits, local governments and several Native American tribes.

“Dennis Newburn has an impressive track record in housing and redevelopment, and he is experienced in the things we need to do in our Office of Housing & Community Development,” Mayor Joe Pitts said. “I’m thrilled that he has decided to join us in our efforts to ensure Clarksville’s prosperity extends into all parts of our community.”

Newburn also has been a leader in his field, serving on the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Community Revitalization and Development Committee, and recently as Vice President of Community Revitalization and Development for the Arizona Chapter of NAHRO.

Clarksville’s Office of Housing & Community Development administers various programs that flow to the City from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, such as Community Development Block Grants. Much of the office’s work is directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development, programs to battle homelessness and to provide improved community facilities to benefit low- and moderate-income persons.

Pre-Order Your Habitat for Humanity Specialty License Plate

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The all-new Habitat for Humanity specialty plate supports housing partnerships in Clarksville-Montgomery County.

Pre-orders of $35 are now being accepted. Note: Standard tag renewal fees apply. When your tag is ready, you will be notified by the state. Design is subject to change.

DEADLINE: Order now! We need to collect 1,000 pre-orders by June 30, 2021. Thank you for helping those in need in our community!

Submit your order and payment below:

$ 0.00
Only 1 plate per order.

Don’t want to pay online? Download this order form and mail it with a $35 check payable to Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County to:

Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, TN

ATTN: Specialty Plate

P.O. Box 331

Clarksville, TN 37041

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