Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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March 31, 2014

Habitat for Humanity celebrates 54th home dedication

CROSSVILLE — Mykel and Traci Richard were officially welcomed into their new home Feb. 27. The dedication was opened by first giving thanks to God for the family, home and His wonderful blessings. Many family, friends and volunteers came to share in the excitement and express how proud they were of the family’s accomplishment. The Richard family's house is the 54th home to be dedicated in Cumberland County since its charter in 1996.

The new homeowners thanked the Habitat for Humanity volunteers, donors and family for their support and hard work they put into the home.

“We cannot thank you enough for helping us through this process. We are more grateful than you will ever know,” they said.

The assistant store manager of Lowe's, Bob Paup, was in attendance and proudly presented the family with a tool kit for future projects. Crossville Lowe’s has assisted in many "women build" projects for Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity (CCHFH) and has provided many new homeowners with tools. The Elk’s Lodge #2751 continues their support for CCHFH’s program by providing and displaying the American Flag for new homeowners. The Council of Catholic Women of St. Francis of Assisi provided the family with kitchen necessities for their new home and have been dedicated to providing this to all new Habitat for Humanity homeowners.

The program is for low-income families that do not qualify for a conventional mortgage. The families must be living in substandard housing and in need of good housing and currently living or working in Cumberland County. They must provide 500 hours of sweat equity in the building of their home and have a steady source of income so they can pay the mortgage. Habitat for Humanity uses the mortgage payments to fund more new home building projects.

“When we build a home with a family, we see their lives affected immediately, but what many people don’t see are the lives it will affect for generations to come,” said Executive Director Melinda Weigle. “It allows hardworking people who make good decisions the opportunity to own a home in Cumberland County.”

Habitat for Humanity is currently looking for volunteers for the ReStore. Please call 484-4565 about volunteering or stop by the office at 329 McLarty Lane in Crossville. You can also visit their website at or visit their Facebook page. Habitat for Humanity is now accepting application for their current building season.

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