MEMPHIS, TENN. (Nov. 7, 2016) – On Saturday, Nov. 5, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis dedicated 21 new homes in the Bearwater Park neighborhood just north of Uptown. During the ceremony, which served as the official end of Memphis Habitat’s building season, sponsors and volunteers came together to celebrate the work of local families who worked to build and buy their first homes. Families served through recent Aging in Place Program ramp builds and beautification projects also were recognized.
Memphis Habitat worked this fall with numerous sponsors, volunteers and families to build 21 homes, including the 19 houses worked on during Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in August. That same week, volunteers completed 10 beautification projects near Bearwater Park and built six ramps for senior homeowners around Shelby County. As a result of that project, a total of 99 families will have new or improved places to call home by the end of the year.
“The dedication ceremony is always such an exciting event – recognizing the months and sometimes yearslong effort of families to buy homes through Habitat’s affordable mortgage program. We have 21 new homeowners to congratulate, so it is simply incredible,” said Dwayne Spencer, president and CEO of Memphis Habitat. “We were so proud to host Habitat’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project earlier this fall and to continue building afterward to complete these homes. I want to again thank all the sponsors, community partners, volunteers and friends who helped make all this possible and who returned to share in this moment with these new homeowners on such a special day.”
The dedication ceremony also marked the completion of Memphis Habitat’s commitment to build 50 new homes in the area north of downtown.
Sponsors supporting Memphis Habitat’s building efforts this fall, including Habitat’s Carter Work Project, were the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc.; The Plough Foundation Aging in Place Initiative; FedEx Corporation; the Memphis and Shelby County Community Redevelopment Agency; ServiceMaster; AutoZone; Wells Fargo Housing Foundation; First Tennessee Bank; City of Memphis, Division of Housing and Community Development and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Hope Church; Oasis of Hope; the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati; 84 Lumber Company; ABB Inc.; Altisource; American Snuff Company; A. O. Smith; Michael Aycock; Bank of America; Bank of Bartlett; BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation; BNP Media; Briggs Equipment; Cisco; Cummins, Inc; Ed and Sue Clark; Daimler; The Dow Chemical Company; Downtown Memphis Commission; Georgia Pacific; Germantown Presbyterian Church; Germantown United Methodist Church; Jerry and Bobbi Gillis; Idlewild Presbyterian Church; International Paper; Inventory Locator Services, Inc.; LEO Events; Lichterman Loewenberg Foundation; Lowe’s; Memphis Grizzlies; Memphis Redbirds; Nissan North America; Owens Corning; The Peabody Memphis; Pinnacle Financial Partners; Pyramex Safety Products; Raymond James; Schneider Electric; Simpson Strong-Tie; SSR; St. Luke Lutheran Church; Stratas Foods LLC; Temple Israel; Top Rx; Tower Ventures; Transamerica; Henry and Lynne Turley; Valspar; Whirlpool; and Yale Lock.
Other special support was provided this fall by Classic American Hardwood, BRIDGES, Bill Courtney, Chick-Fil-A Union Avenue, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Cougar Chemical, Divine Destiny Worship Center, East Memphis Kiwanis, Marrs Inc, Moe’s, P&G, and Pleasant Green Baptist Church.
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