Wilson Habitat to dedicate its 72nd home, start its 73rd

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Wilson Habitat for Humanity will celebrate the end of its 72nd home build for Melissa Vaughn with a dedication ceremony Sunday at noon and then start its second fall home build Oct. 7 at 7:30 a.m. for Lisa Nichols.

“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 Tory Tredway, director Wilson Habitat for Humanity. “Their generosity – along with the involvement of several volunteer groups in the community – is helping Melissa Vaughn’s dream of homeownership come true.”

The dedication ceremony at Vaughn’s new home will be Sunday at noon at 315 Lake St. in Lebanon. 

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 has rented the same one-bedroom apartment for 10 years, but now that she has a son, she wants a place to call home to create stability and memories for her family. She said she’s excited about becoming a Habitat for Humanity homeowner so her son can have his own room and a yard where he can run and play. Vaughn also looks forward to have her own washer and dryer so she no longer has to go to the laundromat every week. She said one of the ways she will celebrate moving into her home will be by placing a welcome mat at her front door.

“Words cannot express the gratitude I have to my sponsors and volunteers,” she said. “My son and I will forever appreciate what you have done to help make the dream of homeownership come true. I can never repay you for improving the quality of our lives. May God bless all who have a hand in it. The sky is the limit for us now.” 

Danny and Karen Dugan were sponsors on the build, and volunteer 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 Oct. 7 at 7:30 a.m. for 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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