Homeownership is a big part of The American Dream. At Knoxville Habitat for Humanity, we are a proud partner with individuals and families who are living in substandard housing conditions who want a safe and comfortable place to call home.
Meet Veteran and Volunteer John Hartigan
A veteran of the US Navy (Korean Conflict), an outdoorsman and world traveler, an author and photographer, and a husband, father, and grandfather, John Hartigan has generously contributed many talents to our world over the years. Currently, he can be found volunteering three days a week for Knoxville Habitat for Humanity as a member of the indispensable crew of electricians.
Nikia has aspirations. But, it hasn’t been an easy road. At times, she has worked twelve hour shifts at the hospital while maintaining the schedules of two school-age children. But at the young age of 33, she is well on her way to paying off her debt and owning her own home.
Tamika doesn’t complain about what she does not have, but instead takes every opportunity to thank God for what she does have. She wants others to experience what she was able to experience through Knoxville Habitat for Humanity. Celebrating four years in the house built with Habitat, she reflects on how far she and her four children have come, “This house is 1,496 square feet full of blessings.”
Melanie Bradley, the mother of three, has some good advice for Knoxville Habitat for Humanity applicants and participants. “Take advantage of all that is available to you!” Melanie enthusiastically affirms that she has learned something valuable through every experience with Habitat. The open line of communication with staff has been invaluable. Helping others build their homes has been meaningful. And, the classes offered have been crucial.
Pregnant with their first baby, Greg and Alisa Compton wanted to buy a house. They had both grown up in houses, but in their ten years together, Greg and Alisa had lived in apartments and townhouses. Their professions required them to reside in many states, but, inspired by a drive through East Tennessee, they landed in Knoxville. A coworker of Greg’s had purchased a Habitat house and encouraged them to inquire, so they applied online and awaited a response.
Maurice and Brandi Smith turned what could have been interpreted as a negative situation into a positive one! Like other casualties of a weak economy, Maurice was laid off by an employer for whom he had worked for 16 years. He was eventually asked to return to his job but at a lower pay rate.
Kenneth Halstead Cheatham, 89, took his love of building from his livelihood to a dedication to serving others.
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WOW, which stands for “Win Our World,” is a local urban ministry that has been serving Knoxville since 2003. The WOW program was designed by Pastor Amy Figg, Nancy Friedrich, and the youth ministry of St. John’s Lutheran Church. The concept of WOW began when the group was forming ideas for its youth summer mission trips. The group decided to work locally and let the youth ministry be in charge of the operation instead of traveling to other locations for missionary work.
Knoxville Habitat for Humanity is accepting resumes for a full time position in one of our retail outlets.
All applicants must have a valid TN drivers license and a clean driving record.
Experience driving a 24’ box truck or comparable vehicle is preferred.
Ability to walk/stand for at least 75% of 8 hour shift or possibly sit for extended periods while driving.