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Maria emigrated from Colombia 16 years ago, leaving behind a difficult marriage. “Those days with my ex-husband were emotionally traumatizing, and it has taken me years to recover. My hope for the future is that I will live a life of peace and service to others.”
She came to New Jersey without speaking a word of English, so her job prospects were limited. She worked as a waitress and a cook among other jobs that allowed her to care for her young child. But determined to build a better life for herself and her son, Maria enrolled in community college to master the English language.
In 2005, Maria; her mother, Estella; and her son, Abraham, relocated to Middle Tennessee to be near her sister. “It was pretty rough in New Jersey, she explains. “There was a lot of gang activity, and I worried all the time about my son. I love living somewhere safe, but it has been tough to make ends meet in Williamson County. We live in a 2-bedroom apartment, so I share my room with my son. Abraham is ecstatic about having a room of his own!”
Maria works two jobs, one as a cashier at Costco and a second as a part-time administrative assistant at St. Phillips Church. She is overwhelmed with gratitude, often to the point of tears: “We are so grateful to everyone at Habitat for Humanity for this opportunity. It is a blessing to have the community gather together to help our family. My hope is that my home will extend beyond blessing only my family and that it will become a blessing for others as well.”
Sponsorships range from $2,500 to $10,000 and include a wide range of benefits both at the build site and at Hammers & High Heels.
Click here to download information on this exciting opportunity to support Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury while promoting your own brand to hundreds of Middle Tennessee residents. Please contact Jennee Galland at 615-550-5617 if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities.
Thank You to our Sponsors!
Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury (HFHWM) is a faith-based nonprofit organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by partnering with communities to build affordable housing, inspiring hope, and provide life-changing stability for families through home ownership.
In Williamson County, TN, one of the fastest growing and most affluent areas in the country, there is a significant need for affordable housing, especially among school teachers, healthcare workers, and public service employees. Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury is one of only a few nonprofits in the area meeting this need. Our home ownership program builds strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter and helps families in need achieve the independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.
Once qualified, our future homeowners, known as our “partner families,” complete a thorough homeowner education program, which includes a personalized budget coach who works with each family to reduce household debt and increase their savings for future needs. Future homeowners must also work hundreds of “sweat equity” hours, which include building on their home and the homes of others alongside local community volunteers. After completion, the home is sold to the family with an affordable mortgage. The process is immediately life-changing for the families and often results in breaking generational poverty.
Also, for every home we build here in Middle Tennessee, we tithe overseas to build a home in a developing country. We build in countries like Haiti, Mozambique, and Lesotho where many families have been ravaged by the AIDS epidemic.
We thank you for your support. For more information, please visit www.HFHWM.org