Southampton/Franklin Habitat for Humanity to build home

Published 7:46 pm Thursday, July 11, 2019

By Sandy Kirkland


The sun was shining brightly as Southampton/Franklin Habitat for Humanity board members gathered at their lot at 407 S. High St., in Franklin for the groundbreaking ceremony for their next build.

Wendy Hunter and her children, Kainyza, Zarie, ZaMarie and Arianna, were joined by her family members and friends to share in the joyful occasion. Wendy is the latest Habitat partner, and construction on her home will begin in the next few weeks.

Nita Holt, board chair, led the groundbreaking ceremony. Other board members read Scripture and offered prayer. Everyone present joined in the Lord’s Prayer, after which Wendy officially “broke the ground.”

Chris Schafer and Randy Wright, chairs of Building and Site Selection, have been working with their committee, and Roland Jemigan, volunteer contractor, to make sure all is in order for the build to begin. Darlene Smithwick, chair of Family Selection/Family Support, helped lead Wendy through the process.

Habitat for Humanity partners with families who apply, meet credit requirements and have income to make a reasonable, interest-free mortgage payment. Southampton/Franklin Habitat for Humanity currently owns three other lots in Franklin on Bruce Street, Bracey Street and Stonewall Street.

Once a partner family is selected, the building can get underway. Partner families also donate 300 hours, or sweat equity, in the building of their new home. Homes are built with volunteer labor.

To learn more about how to apply and requirements for partnering, people may stop by the Habitat ReStore on 109 W. First Ave., and pick up an application.

Now some information on the ReStore. Items for sale come entirely from donations from people in the community. These items range from home furnishings to building supplies.

Friendly ReStore employees greet customers and answer any questions. There are many benefits of donating to. or shopping at. the ReStore. Donors may receive a tax credit for their contributions. Because items are all donated, the prices are very reasonable. Another benefit is many of the items may otherwise find their way to the landfill so the environment wins. If you are looking for a real bargain, give the ReStore a try. Many of the items are brand new and donated by area retailers who wish to clear their inventory of discontinued merchandise. You may just find that perfect set of glassware, that yard tool, or that lamp for your den. We’ll be looking for you at the ReStore!

SANDY KIRKLAND is vice chairwoman of the Southampton/Franklin Habitat for Humanity.