Hardwood Floors by Eli Dean
Eli Dean, a senior at Tullahoma High School offered to put hardwood floors in to earn his eagle scout award. The pictures below are from Saturday and it includes Eli Dean, his family and some other scouts providing support. He installed approximately 600 sq.ft. of real hardwood and was required to have it finished by his 18 birthday. What a blessing!
A dream come true
Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 1:37 pm
Couple gets first home thanks to Habitat for Humanity
James and Candy Slagle will soon own their first home, thanks to Highland Rim Habitat for Humanity and the help of local volunteers.
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building affordable homes in Coffee and Franklin counties.
Being part of Habitat for Humanity International, which has over 2,300 affiliates worldwide, the local organization has helped people become homeowners since 1992. The organization partners with volunteers and low-income families to fulfill its mission.
Sponsors Nissan Powertrain Decherd and Coca-Cola Bottling
Works Tullahoma Inc. are among those volunteers helping to construct a new
Habitat for Humanity home at 301 Thomas St. In the front row, center, are homeowners
Candice Slagle, James Slagle and Terrie Bush Quick, Highland Rim Habitat for
The new home for the Slagles will be located at 301 Thomas St. in Tullahoma, and is expected to be completed in about three months, which is ahead of schedule, according to Terrie Quick, president of Habitat for Humanity.
This will be the 30th house built by the organization.
Habitat for Humanity is funded through grants and donations. It recently received a $15,500 grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, which will aid the current project. Expenses for materials and equipment for the new house are estimated to reach about $50,000, said Quick.
The organization will pay for building of the house, and the labor will be provided entirely by volunteers. Once the homeowners move in, they will be responsible for taxes and insurance.
“We serve as the bank,” Quick said. “We have the money to get the building started. We save from the free volunteer labor. At the end, we will tally everything up, and we basically sell them (the Slagles) the house. And it’s interest free.”
The goal is the family’s monthly payments – taxes, insurance and mortgage – to be less than $300, according to Quick.
“For people on a fixed income, that’s doable,” she said.
Currently, the family rents an apartment in Manchester for $475 a month, said Quick.
“Now, they will have an 864-square-foot new home for less than that,” Quick said.
Helping a dream become reality
A recent $15,500 grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, as well as donations from local individuals and businesses, will help the dream of the Slagles to own a home become reality.
Satisfaction Windows of Tullahoma donated all the windows and doors for the house. Whirlpool will donate the stove, refrigerator and dishwasher.
“The house is 864 square feet,” Quick said. “It’s a simple floor plan, with one bathroom. The whole house is going to be handicapped accessible, which is necessary for Candy.”
The lot was donated by the City of Tullahoma. There was an older house, which had to be demolished before construction of the new building could begin. However, the base of the old house could be built on.
“We had already picked up a house plan for the Slagles, which was 864 square feet,” Quick said. “And we pulled up from the city records, and
Nissan Powertrain Decherd engineers Keith Bolle and John
Garner work on the latest Highland Rim Habitat for Humanity home in Tullahoma
on Friday afternoon.
the existing house there was exactly 864 square feet. We thought ‘this is where it needs to be.’ And it was easier to build the house they want on that existing foundation.”
The community has been eager to participate, said Quick.
“The sweetest thing, lately, came from this young man, Eli Dean, who will try to get his Eagle Scout achievement,” Quick said. “For his last merit, he has to do a project. His father has a sawmill, and they want to donate hardwood floors.”
Typically, building a similar house would take about five months, said Quick, but with the enthusiasm of the volunteers, who started working about two weeks ago, the structure will be ready in about three months.
“We started building on Aug. 4,” Quick said. “We usually have a groundbreaking ceremony, but since the volunteers were ready to help, we started earlier.”
The groundbreaking ceremony is set for Aug. 26 at Damron’s Restaurant, and locals will have a chance to meet the Slagles and the volunteers.
Employees of Nissan and Coca-Cola Bottling Works Inc. of Tullahoma are doing most of the construction work.
“So far, each day, we’ve had an average of eight people from Nissan,” Quick said. “Coca-Cola donated beverages. They have a signup sheet for volunteers, and they will start (working on the house) at the end of September. The house might be finished by then. But the next step is pulling the wire for electricity and plumbing, and the more people we have then, the better. So we’re still going to need volunteers.”
John Garner with Nissan is one of the people lending hand to build the home.
“I heard about the project when they advertised it at work,” Garner said. “They gave us the opportunity to sign up, and I volunteered for it. I thought it is a neat way to meet new people and help a family out. It’s been hot but fun. Everybody from our department wanted to do it. Helping other people and seeing how happy they are makes you feel good.”
A first home
The new homeowners said they appreciate all the help from Habitat for Humanity and the entire community.
“I was born in 1937 in Pennsylvania, and Candy was born in 1946,” James said. “I was raised in foster homes up until I was 18. After that, I did a lot of traveling. I am 80 years old, and that will be our first home.”
The family moved to Tennessee from Pennsylvania in 1997.
“We first settled in Chattanooga, and, then, we decided to spread our wings and come out this way. I was a volunteer at the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department. They have all been wonderful, and we will have people from the sheriff’s department help us move when the house is ready.”
The Slagles applied for the Habitat for Humanity program about three years ago.
“We really appreciate the volunteers with all of our hearts,” James said. “They work hard in the hot sun. We appreciate all the donations and all the contributions done for us. Our special gratitude goes out to all them.”
About Habitat for Humanity
Homeowner families are chosen according to their need, their ability to repay the no-interest mortgage and their willingness to work in partnership with the organization. Volunteers provide most of the labor, while individuals and corporate donors provide money and materials to build the houses.
As part of the home building process, partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor into building their homes and the homes of others. Partner families are required to undergo home maintenance and household budget training to ensure ownership success. The houses are sold to the families at no profit and with no interest. All mortgage payments are invested in a revolving fund that is used to build houses for the next pre-qualified families.
For more information, visit www.hrhfh.org.
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Board member, Mike Hill, successfully completed an intensive two-day training class required for each affiliate by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) in January 2017.
This now "Competent Person" is knowledgeable of application standards, is capable of identifying workplace hazards relating to the specific operation, and has the authority to correct them. This certification of completion keeps us in compliance for the next 3 years.
We feel extremely blessed to have people like Mike willing to help out in our local affiliate.
Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on newest home
STAFF WRITER Kinley Hughes Posted on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 7:00 am
Highland Rim Habitat for
Humanity (HRHFH) breaks ground on a new home for Lilian Duck and her family
on Saturday, May 14. Several local volunteers joined Duck in cleaning off the
property, located at 507 E. Moore St. In front from left are son Preston McCarl,
Lilian Duck, HRHFH President Terrie Quick, HRHFH Secretary Fran Lawson and
volunteer Dana Simpson.
On Saturday, May 14, Highland Rim Habitat for Humanity (HRHFH) held a groundbreaking ceremony to officially begin construction on the organization’s newest single-family home.
Volunteers helped to clear the lot of trees and other debris and prepared the earth for the foundation. The new home will be located at 507 E. Moore St. in Tullahoma.
HRHFH was founded in 1991 and encompasses all of Coffee and Franklin counties. The last home built by the organization was on Rotary Drive in Franklin. Rotary Drive consists entirely of Habitat homes. There is a single lot left on the street that will be in development following the completion of the Tullahoma project.
The current home under construction is for Tullahoma resident Lilian Duck and her three young children. Duck was proposed to be the next Habitat homeowner by Jim Carter, director of the
Dossett Chapel Ministry. Carter felt the family deserved better and wanted to help Duck and her children be able to live in an environment that suits the family’s needs, said HRHFH President Terrie Quick.
“One of the therapists at Top Rehab had recommended I apply,” Duck. “She found the application online and printed it off for me, and I filled out the application and was put on the wait list for three years. They only build one house a year.”
Duck had applied for a Habitat home about three years ago and was the first to return after the new year to update her application, as advised by the board of HRHFH.
“We were all very excited,” Duck said of family’s reaction to learning their application had been accepted after such a long wait.
Habitat families work together to complete hours of work on their home and in their communities in a program called Sweat Equity. The program requires families to participate in the ongoing construction of their homes.
As part of their Sweat Equity commitment, families complete a standard set of work hours, or academic hours for the children, which contribute to their selection for a home by Habitat. Additionally, each family member attends classes that cover different aspects of homeownership such as financial management, basic home care and maintenance.
“We do things like pick up trash, which we did on Saturday, and run errands for [HRHFH],” Duck said. “All of the kids’ As and Bs take off hours, too.”
Many do not realize all of the hard work and dedication that goes into earning a Habitat home.
“Some people look at it as we’re just giving them a house. We’re not just giving them a house, they are working for it. It’s not a hand out, it’s a hand up,” said Kelly Smith, treasurer of HRHFH and criminal investigator of the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department.
The two youngest children in the Duck family require special modifications be made to the house due to medical conditions. Habitat is working hard to accommodate their needs, Quick said.
“We’re going to really try to come up with a real handicapped-accessible home with a slab foundation. We are trying to put enough forethought into it that as this little child grows, the home won’t be locked in at a certain size that she is now,” Quick said. “We are looking at everything from the bathrooms to the kitchen to the cabinetries and everything, hoping and praying that this individual will be able to grow and mature to use them.
“Usually we choose from about seven plans. Most Habitat houses are just one bathroom or one and a half, but this one is going to be a two full bathrooms because the other one is going to be completely modified for handicapped.”
Thanks to the efforts of Carter, the standard-issue floor plans are being modified for the Duck family and everything should be accessible to all members of the household.
“The whole house is going to be handicapable. There will be a ramp, all of the doors will be widened, and there will be a handicap bathroom,” said Duck.
Habitat for Humanity strives to ensure that the families who receive Habitat Homes can afford to stay there for the long term.
“We provide them a home that is interest-free. The last house that we built, and this one too, we really tried to keep it under $350 a month or below,” Quick said. “That will include their taxes and their insurance. That’s affordable. Most of them are 20 year notes. You can’t pay rent for $350.”
HRHFH allows the families to be involved in the designing of their homes, and Duck said she has been able to select things like appliances, paint colors and cabinets.
HRHFH is currently looking for volunteers to assist in the building of the Duck family’s home.
“We really like to incorporate as many volunteers as possible. George Dickel Distillery has 25 people lined up to work for us one Saturday in June,” Quick said. “Anything from helping at the office to helping with the build. You don’t have to know anything about building houses to volunteer with Habitat. Just got to have the right heart.
HRHFH meets the fourth Monday of each month at it office at the Henry Center, 201 W. Lincoln St. New faces are always welcome and a background in construction is not necessary.
“Anybody who is interested in Habitat whatsoever, we invite them to come to these monthly meetings,” Quick said. “If you’re interested in being a participant, if you come to two board meetings then you can get an application to be a board member, fill out the application, we’ll vote on you, and chances are you’ll be elected in.”
The Duck family’s home is expected to be finished within the course of the next three to six months, weather permitting. Upon completion, there will be a dedication ceremony in which the family receives the keys to the home and can begin to move in.
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