Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

November 22, 2013

Habitat honors Andrews as Volunteer of the Month

CROSSVILLE — Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity proudly honored Beverly Andrews as its October Volunteer of the Month. Andrews has volunteered for the non-profit organization for five years and contributes her time in a variety of ways.

She is currently an active member of the family partnership committee, where she partners with qualified families and walks with them through the homeownership program. Andrews is also a volunteer phone partner in the Habitat for Humanity office and assistant secretary on the board of directors.

Andrews and her husband lived in Cumberland, Maryland where she retired from the Allegany County Board of Education as the supervisor of student services before making Cumberland County her new home. In addition to volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, she participates as an usher and greeter at the Cumberland County Playhouse as well as a greeter at her church.

“Beverly is such a patient and caring person. She invests so much of herself into this program and has dedicated herself to helping families fulfill their potential for self-reliance through home ownership. Habitat for Humanity owes her many thanks for what she continues to bring to this organization,” said Family Services Coordinator Sherry Chesson.

Beverly was given the award during the monthly board of directors meeting and was thankful she was able to share the moment with its members.

“I was surprised and honored to be given this award. I love sharing my personal and professional knowledge with the families of this community. I get to share and give back that which has been given to me. It’s a wonderful feeling of accomplishment to work with a family as they attain their dream of homeownership," said Andrews.

"I chose to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity because it is a well-managed organization helping members of this county attain adequate housing," she continued. "When you have dedicated staff, volunteers and the support of the community working together to accomplish a mission, it has a tremendous impact on families and the community. I’m proud to be part of this local group and brag about them every chance I get,."

Habitat for Humanity has built 53 houses in Cumberland County and currently has homes under construction. Qualified families benefitting from the program will receive a zero-percent interest mortgage, which they will pay over a 20-year term. The home ownership program is designed for low-income individuals and families living or working in substandard housing conditions in Cumberland County. For questions about volunteering or home applications, call 484-4565 or visit www.cchabitatforhumanity.com. You can also stop the office/ReStore at 329 McLarty Lane in Crossville.

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