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Wilson Habitat’s 68th home gets started

Staff Reports • Updated Aug 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM

The Wilson Habitat for Humanity’s 68th Habitat home got its start Saturday thanks to dozens of helpful hands. 

The home is for future homeowner Jeanie Schoenbachler with sponsors Daniel and Karen Dugan and North America Administrators. This is the fourth consecutive year the Dugans and NAA have fully sponsored a Habitat home in Wilson County.

Schoenbachler moved to Hermitage in the 1970s with her family and attended Dupont High School. She has strong ties to Lebanon, in part, because her brother played football for Cumberland University in the early ’90s. 

Schoenbachler said she fell in love with the Lebanon area as a child and now she is so excited to have an opportunity to become a future Habitat homeowner. She has worked as a hair stylist in the Nashville area for more than 30 years and has always desired a place to call home.

Schoenbachler has lived in a rental house and three different apartments since her daughter was born. The apartment they have lived in for the past four years is more than 30 years old and Schoenbachler asserts is poorly maintained. Each year when she has renewed her lease, the rent has increased more than 30 percent since she moved there. 

To view a photo gallery from this event, click here.

She wanted to buy a home but found she did not qualify for a traditional mortgage. Schoenbachler has attended Habitat’s homeownership classes and will work on the build site alongside her sponsors and volunteers to build her home this fall.

“Each time a Habitat home is built, it demonstrates the power of caring individuals who collectively create a caring community,” said Tory Tredway, Wilson Habitat director. “Daniel and Karen Dugan have once again provided a generous gift and recruited volunteers to work in partnership with Habitat to build a place a local family can call home. A quality place to live and an affordable mortgage create a situation where homeowners can save more, invest in education, pursue opportunities and have more financial stability. That’s our hope for Jeanie and her daughter.”

The work of Habitat in Wilson County began in 1992 and Wilson Habitat has now built 67 houses and renovated three, serving 70 households. 

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

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