Memphis Habitat celebrates 35 years, builds 500th home
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Memphis Habitat celebrates 35 years, builds 500th home

Volunteers, sponsors come together for building blitz Oct. 4-6

MEMPHIS, TENN. (Oct. 1, 2018) – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis will celebrate its 35th anniversary of helping local families build and improve places to call home with a three-day building blitz Thursday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 6 in the Oakhaven area.

During the 35th Anniversary Building Blitz, sponsors and volunteers will build 12 homes in the Christine Circle neighborhood, including Memphis Habitat’s 500th home, which will be built by FedEx Corporation volunteers. Habitat will dedicate those 12 homes and commemorate the 500th house on Saturday, Oct. 6 at noon.

“We are so excited and blessed to return to Oakhaven to build houses in partnership with 12 first-time homebuyers and celebrate our 35th anniversary building our 500th home,” said Dwayne Spencer, president and CEO of Memphis Habitat. “Through shelter, we empower, and thanks to all of the sponsors, donors, volunteers and friends who have worked with us and our families for the past 35 years, we’re seeing the completion of our 500th home this year. The magnitude of that milestone – 500 places to host family gatherings, to be places of safety and stability, places to take ownership of and pride in – it’s just incredible.”

Like all Habitat homeowners, these 12 families will buy their homes through Habitat’s affordable mortgage program. In order to purchase those homes, applicants must meet Habitat’s criteria of need and ability to repay the mortgage; agree to attend a multi-week financial and homebuyer education course; and help build their own homes. House-building sponsors make Habitat’s new homeownership opportunities possible by providing volunteer time and financial support, which helps pay for home construction costs, pre- and post-purchase training and support for families, and other programmatic costs.

“This is such an exciting time for these families who have worked with us for months to prepare to build and buy their new homes,” Spencer said. “We know strong and stable homes help build strong and stable communities, and with the help of all the sponsors and volunteers this build season, 12 more families in are on the path to starting a new chapter and building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.”

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis was founded in 1983 by a group of citizens concerned with the availability of and access to decent, affordable homeownership opportunities. Since its founding, Memphis Habitat has enabled 500 first-time homebuyers secure affordable mortgages and completed rehabilitation and home modification projects in partnership with more than 400 local homeowners through its Neighborhood Revitalization and Aging in Place programs. Memphis Habitat served as the host city for Habitat for Humanity’s 2016 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project and is currently ranked as the No. 2 Habitat affiliate in the United States in terms of total families served.

Memphis Habitat’s 35th anniversary sponsors are FedEx Corporation, the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, Republic Services and ServiceMaster.

Sponsors supporting Memphis Habitat’s building efforts this fall include Ed and Sue Clark; First Tennessee; Germantown United Methodist Church; Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee; AutoZone; Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Germantown Presbyterian Church; International Paper; American Snuff Company; The Burnett Family; Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation; Orgill, Inc.; Thomas & Betts, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE); CBRE; The Grainger Foundation; Holy Rosary Catholic Church; St. Luke Lutheran Church; Thompson Machinery; Wells Fargo Housing Foundation; Georgia Pacific Memphis Cellulose; Germantown High School; Junior League of Memphis; McKesson Pharmaceuticals; Millstone Medical; Nike Tennessee, Inc.; and TekSystems. Additional build support is provided by Collierville High School; Dow; E-Box; Inventory Locator Service; Regions Bank; SSR, Inc.; Valspar; Whirlpool; and Yale Lock.

Memphis Habitat is seeking support for its home-building efforts in 2019. For information on how to support and build with Memphis Habitat, contact Cameron Sanford, donor relations manager, at or 901-322-3532.

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis partners with people in our community to help them build or improve places they can call home through new home construction, rehabilitation projects and Aging in Place accessibility and mobility modifications for seniors. Since 1983, Memphis Habitat has helped more 500 first-time homebuyers secure affordable mortgages and completed rehabilitation and home modification projects in partnership with more than 350 local homeowners, helping them achieve the independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. For more information, visit

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Posted by Kim Morrison Stewart at 2:06 PM
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