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Nissan, Habitat for Humanity help provide special home
Christmas came early this year for a Winchester family when it learned construction would begin on its brand new home, provided through a special program spearheaded by Highland Rim Habitat for Humanity and Nissan Corp.
The couple receiving the home is Andre and Jennifer Reynolds.
Jim Miller, Highland Rim executive director, said the home is being provided through the organization’s revolving fund program where it will be built with help from the approved recipients who are buying the dwelling at construction cost with no interest to be paid.
He added that this particular 1,400-square-foot home, located near the Heatherwood subdivision at the edge of Tims Ford State Park will cost about $75,000 to build with Nissan, the corporate sponsor, chipping in $44,000.
Miller said the home’s appraised value will be about $100,000 with Highland Rim holding the mortgage. The Reynolds payments will go back into the fund, and that money, plus corporate sponsor donations, will be used to build other homes.
He said this house marks the 27th built in the area through the program since its inception in 1994.
Miller said it’s a good feeling to be able to have such a program that serves a very useful purpose to help families who really need it get into much better living facilities.
“It feels really good when you help somebody get a home they wouldn’t otherwise be able to get and make life a lot better for them,” he said.
The Reynolds will be required to put in “sweat equity” — 400 hours total — into the construction of their home.
They said they are excited to begin working on what has been a dream for a long time.
“I grew up in a place like this and I have always wanted the same for my children.” Jennifer said.
The young couple has three children — Skyler, 8, Amber, 7 and Byron, 6.
The children were just as excited as their parents about the construction of their new home and have already decided which rooms they want for their own.
When the family begins work, they will be joined by people who normally use their construction talents to build car components instead of homes.
A team of employees from the Nissan North America powertrain assembly plant in Decherd will work alongside the Reynolds family to build the home.
The lot has been graded and leveled, and the foundation has been laid. Construction will move forward with John Fetty serving as Habitat’s construction manager.
“Nissan’s corporate vision is to enrich people’s lives, and what better way to support a local family than through partnering with them to build their own home,” Nissan Director Rick Youngblood said. “Our company is a longtime sponsor of Habitat, and we are honored to work with Andre and Jennifer on their family’s new home.”
Jennifer was born in Kissimmee, Fla., and moved with her family to Tennessee in 1997. Andre is from Wenatchee, Wash., and relocated in 2003. The couple was married in 2005, and their three children attend Rock Creek Elementary School.
Andre, a self-employed plumber who manages Dre’s Plumbing, will plumb the house and has enlisted several of his contracting friends to use their skills in the effort.
Jennifer is looking forward to planting a garden and learning how to can vegetables for her family.
The Reynolds home will be the second house that Nissan has sponsored in the Winchester area.
“We are so fortunate to have a partner like Nissan,” said Charla Graves, president of Highland Rim Habitat for Humanity. “I remember the last house they sponsored, all of the employees were so nice to work with, and they were very helpful in teaching other volunteers “how-to skills.”
Habitat and Nissan say they are proud to help provide hardworking families with homes where their families can grow and prosper.
“This will be a safe, comfortable home for the family,” Miller said. “We are extremely grateful to have a partner like Nissan that shares our commitment to building homes, hope and community in Franklin County.”
The house dedication is expected to occur in early spring 2014.
How to apply for a
Families in need of decent, affordable housing can contact their local Habitat for Humanity to apply.
The local Habitat affiliate will explain the application process and provide information on the availability, size and cost of Habitat homes in the area.
For further information, go online to the Habitat for Humanity website at www.hrhfh.org or call the help line at (931) 393-2383.
Habitat selects “partner families” to become Habitat homeowners.
Habitat for Humanity follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection.
Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing partner families. Partner families are always selected based on their level of need, ability to pay and willingness to partner.
Applicants are required to meet several qualifications to ensure success. Each Habitat affiliate has its own guidelines.
In general, prospective homeowners must:
In addition, each partner family will be required to: