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.
Raised in Great Falls, Montana, Dick was putting himself through school at Montana State University when the country called for him to serve. Five days after finishing his degree in mechanical engineering, he found himself at boot camp, followed by Officer Candidate School for an additional twenty-seven weeks.
KHFH elects Jay McBride as the chairman of the board of directors and welcomes new board member Elizabeth Carroll. Jay McBride has been involved in the construction industry for thirty years. He is a partner in TJ Development & Management, LLC and owns and operates McBride Company, LLC, a construction company. Primarily focused on commercial construction, Jay has built in the state of Tennessee since 1978. He also provides construction management services.
Growing up with only brothers, young Renee’ welcomed the companionship, and intervention, of her soul sister and mentor Sheryl “Sissy” Milan. “She hung in there with me,” Renee’ says of Sissy then and now, more than thirty years later. Read more.
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.
When Nikia’s parents divorced, her mother walked away from their home with three children. The four moved into a two bedroom house. Though her father was always supportive, Nikia shared the cramped quarters until she moved out at age 19. Nikia had been working since age 16. She graduated from high school in May and had her own apartment by October. She desired her own life and her own responsibilities. At 22, Nikia becam
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.
It was challenging for the family to adjust. They incurred debt. They had to uproot their family due to
Kenneth Halstead Cheatham, 89, took his love of building from his livelihood to a dedication to serving others.