Jeanie Schoenbachler officially received her home Saturday with sponsors Daniel and Karen Dugan and North America Administrators, along with a dozen other supporters on hand.
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.
During her speech, she said she heard about Habitat for Humanity from a friend, and while driving through Lebanon, she looked up to the sky and said, “God help us.”
She also thanked the Dugan family and other supporters during her emotional speech.
“They’re a family. They’re workers. You all changed our lives,” she said of the family. “We love you so much. All of you.”
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.
She wanted to buy a home but found she did not qualify for a traditional mortgage. Schoenbachler attended Habitat’s homeownership classes and worked on the build site alongside her sponsors and volunteers to build her home.
This is the fourth consecutive year the Dugans and North America Administrators have fully sponsored a Habitat home in Wilson County.
“Each time a Habitat home is built, it demonstrates the power of caring individuals who collectively create a caring community. 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,” said Tory Tredway, Wilson Habitat director.