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Habitat hands off 75th home in Montgomery County

September 30, 2011 – Clarksville, TN –  Habitat for Humanity on Thursday dedicated its 75th home in Montgomery County to El Nathon and Dyamond Williams. The house, built in partnership with First Baptist Church of Clarksville, is on Cross Lane off of Greenwood Road.

“We’re very excited to welcome the Williams family as homeowners to Clarksville as well as dedicating our 75th home,” Executive Director Jennifer Kready said in a news release.

“First Baptist Church sponsored the home build, providing financial and labor support through subcontractors and their church membership. The Williams family invested 500 hours of sweat equity to build their home, with the final hours spent working side by side with their First Baptist Church family.”

After the celebration, Habitat accepted a donation from Sango United Methodist Church from proceeds raised during its 2010 Sango Scamper Race. Preparations are being made for the 2011 race to be held on Nov. 5, during which Habitat will host a table with information about Habitat homeownership, the release said.
Habitat for Humanity will build three more homes in 2011 with sponsorships from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Clarksville-Montgomery County School System through its 12 Days of Christmas Fund and Don Duncan Construction.

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Habitat will participate in World Habitat Day 2011 in October

September 29, 2011, Clarksville, TN — In recognition of World Habitat Day 2011, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, TN is planning to participate in the Habitat ReStore ‘ReCreate’ fall festival to address the need for decent housing around the world, including in Clarksville and Montgomery County.

The theme of World Habitat Day 2011 is “Housing cities after a disaster,” a serious and growing problem around the world. From Haiti and Japan to New Orleans and Memphis, urban areas face different and great challenges when responding to disasters. These dangers and challenges require effective and creative policies from governments and humanitarian groups around the world. “Considering we have endured significant natural disasters such as tornadoes and flooding in our own community within the past ten years, Clarksville-Montgomery County residents are very aware of the need for post-disaster housing as well as long-term affordable low-income housing,” explained Jennifer Kready, Executive Director. “The Affiliate will highlight Habitat’s positive impact in the community through simple, decent, and affordable new home construction, how to apply for the Habitat homeownership program, and how organizations and businesses can sponsor Habitat activities that benefits everyone.”

World Habitat Day is designated each year by the United Nations as a time to reflect on the dire need for adequate shelter around the globe. Habitat will dedicate its 500,000th house in Maai Mahiu, Kenya, and raise the walls on its 500,001st house in Paterson, New Jersey. Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, TN is among the more than 2,300 Habitat affiliates worldwide that have made this milestone possible, having built 75 homes locally since 1992 with projections to complete four homes in 2011 and four to six homes 2012. We thank the community for the contributions made to help Habitat reach this milestone achievement, and we thank you for your continued support in helping us reach our first million homes!

Habitat ReStore Will Host First Annual ‘ReCreate’ in October

September 29, 2011, Clarksville, TN – On Saturday October 8, 2011, the Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery, TN ReStore will host its first annual ‘ReCreate’, a fall festival focusing on repurposed materials, particularly those found in the ReStore. Local artists such as Shipley Potter, Dave Jenks, Gemini Dream Design, Doug Wilson, Heart Beaded Jewelry and more will have art for display and sale constructed of renewed and reused items. Doug Wilson, a regular ReStore customer, will have art at the festival made from scrap metal purchased from the ReStore. “I’m truly looking forward to participating in ReCreate. The ReStore is a source for materials to use in my work. A lot of my stuff involves metal work and is for the garden so it’s also a great fit to have the plant sale at the festival,” remarked Wilson. The festival begins at 8am with Montgomery County Master Gardeners fall plant sale on the front sidewalk until all plants are sold.

The ReCreate mission is “Members of our community committed to creating a more beautiful and endurable Clarksville through creative reuse show how they are choosing to make their neighborhoods more environmentally and economically sustainable.” ReStore Manager, Kathryn Norbeck-Dayley explained, “I took the idea for ReCreate from a project that New Orleans started called the ReUse District. We hope to see ReCreate grow into something similar. Downtown Clarksville has a growing art community and we would love to see an event bring artists together to focus on reducing landfill use while making something beautiful. We want downtown businesses, like the ReStore, that focus reusing, recycling, and repurposing materials support these initiatives.”

In addition to the local artists, the ReStore will be serving up free hot dogs, chips, and drinks to the public during the event. ReStore Assistant Manager, Lashanya Rogers stated, “Our customers are the best and we thought ReCreate was a great opportunity to show our customer appreciation. I hope everyone will come out, enjoy the local art and have a bite to eat – on the ReStore – while browsing.”
ReCreate coincides with Habitat for Humanity World Habitat Day 2011 and the theme of housing cities after disaster. The Habitat affiliate will provide information about simple, decent and affordable housing while highlighting its 76th home build sponsored by the ReStore and Duncan Construction.

ReCreate will be in the ReStore parking lot from 8am to 2pm on Saturday, October 8th 2011.

First Baptist Church holds FirstServe weekend, builds Habitat 75th home

September 28, 2011, Clarksville, TN – Members of First Baptist Church, Clarksville, participated in a community service event called FirstServe on the Aug. 25-27 weekend. The purpose of this weekend was to meet immediate physical needs in our downtown, military and college communities.

Motivated by the call of God to His people to “seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you” (Jeremiah 29:7), church members gave of their time, resources and energy to share the love of Jesus with their neighbors.

Projects during the FirstServe weekend included assisting new freshmen as they moved into their dorms at APSU, putting together care packages for redeployed military families and completing beautification projects downtown.

The downtown projects had church members raising walls at a Habitat for Humanity home site, painting, cleaning and providing gift cards to teachers at Norman Smith Elementary School and completing various home repair and improvement projects for residents on Daniel Street and in other areas throughout the city.

— Submitted by Adam Susong

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