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Wilson Habitat dedicates 72nd home

Xavier Smith • Oct 2, 2017 at 5:37 PM

Wilson Habitat for Humanity dedicated its 72nd home Sunday for a lifelong Wilson County resident and thanked supporters of the organization.

The group dedicated the home on Lake Street to Melissa Vaughn and thanked Danny and Karen Dugan for their ongoing support of the group’s efforts.

Vaughn was born in Lebanon and has always lived in Wilson County. She is the mother of an 18-month-old son. Since April 2016, Vaughn worked for a graphic design company in Lebanon. She also worked part time at Liberty Tax Services for the past five years during tax season.

For the second half of last year, she worked part time at Kmart, which she plans to do again this year. Vaughn attended Cumberland University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in human relations management. 

Vaughn rented the same one-bedroom apartment for 10 years, but now that she has a son, she wanted a place to call home to create stability and memories for her family. 

“She has the desire to provide a nice environment for her son to grow up in – fenced-in backyard and those types of things,” said Tory Tredway, director of Wilson Habitat for Humanity. 

Tredway said Vaughn still needs complete some tasks with the home and could move in by mid-November.

The group also showed gratitude to the Dugans, who have sponsored Habitat builds in Wilson County for the last five years, according to Tredway.

“Once again, we are thankful for the involvement of Danny and Karen Dugan in sponsoring the construction of a Habitat home in Wilson County,” said Tredway. “Their generosity – along with the involvement of several volunteer groups in the community – is helping Melissa Vaughn’s dream of homeownership come true.”

Volunteers groups that assisted included friends of the Dugans, Bridgestone Distribution Center, College Hills Church of Christ and Cumberland University.

Wilson Habitat will also start its second fall home build Saturday at 7:30 a.m. for Lisa Nichols, a Nashvillian and the mother of two adult children, Jalesia, 27, and Gregory, 19.

Jalesia graduated from Tennessee State University with a degree in nursing. She now works as a nurse and lives in her own apartment. Gregory is a full-time freshman at Trevecca Nazarene University and works part time at Kmart. He lives with his mother on the weekends when he’s not at the dorm. 

The mother and son have lived in an apartment building in Nashville since February 2015. The apartment manager said Nichols is an excellent resident, and they will assist in any way to help her get a home. Nichols is worried about crime in her area, as well as loud neighbors, loud music, gunshots and illegal activity. She said she just wants to live in a peaceful area where the cost of living is more affordable.

Nichols said owning her own home has always been a dream of hers since she was a child.

“Owning my own home gives me a sense of pride, and my kids will see that if you have faith in God, he will give you the desires of your heart,” she said.

Manheim Nashville and Lochinvar, with support from the A.O. Smith Foundation, Enbridge, Peoples Home Equity in Mt. Juliet and the Memorial Foundation, will sponsor the 73rd Wilson Habitat home build.

“As we prepare to start the community build Oct. 7, we are thankful to those sponsors who are making this build possible for Lisa,” said Tredway. “This build illustrates again how critical it is to have the support of a caring community to enable us to provide these affordable homeownership opportunities. We can’t do what we do without the aid of companies and individuals wanting to impact our community.”

To request an application or receive more information about Wilson Habitat for Humanity, call 615-453-4539 or visit habitatnashville.org/wilson.

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