Keys to new home bring on new life

Matt Masters • Updated Oct 31, 2017 at 8:00 AM

The Wilson County Division of Habitat for Humanity held a community build dedication ceremony for Lisa Nichols, formerly of Nashville. 

The 1,100-square-feet two-bedroom home on Lake Street in Lebanon came as a blessing for Nichols, who struggled through a cancer diagnosis and treatment in the past year. 


“My dream is coming true to be a homeowner, and I am so grateful for everyone,” Nichols said. 

Friends, family, volunteers, board members and sponsors gathered at the home, flanked on each side by other Habitat homes, in support of Nichols’ journey. Tory Tredway, director of Wilson Habitat, led the dedication. 

“I think the type of friends that a person has says a lot about that particular individual, and the friends who have come out to be with Lisa have been wonderful … They have spoken very highly of Lisa,” Tredway said.

Nichols was given a quilt as a housewarming gift, and Habitat board member Tom Wallace presented Nichols with a Bible and American flag, which whipped in the autumn wind as Nichols cut the ribbon to her new home. As she was handed her keys and mortgage agreement, Nichols smiled and held back tears, standing proud in front of her new home. 

“This is my porch … God has blessed me with this home,” she said.

Nichols’ home is the 73rd Habitat for Humanity home completed in Wilson County, helping to achieve the goal of bettering both the lives of the homeowners and the community as a whole, according to board member Trey Geisenhoffer.

As the holidays approach, Nichols said she felt as if life is looking up, opening new chapter in a city a little less hectic than Nashville but ripe with possibilities for her future. 

Her son, Gregory Nichols, described his mother as the cornerstone of their family. He said after so many years of his mother putting herself last, she’s finally receiving something she deserves – a home to call her own. 

Sponsors for the home included Enbridge, Lochinvar, Manheim Nashville, Rotary Clubs of Wilson County, the Memorial Foundation, and the Haynes Team – Peoples Home Equity Lending. A.O. Smith, Cree Lighting, Dow, Hermitage Lighting Gallery, Hunter Douglas, Schneider Electric, Valspar, Whirlpool, Yale and Jersey Mike’s provided donations. 

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