The following story was created by The Jones Company:
Franklin, TN ? For the eighth time in 8 years, The Jones Company and Crye-Leike Realtors have partnered to build another "Green" Habitat for Humanity home in Williamson County.
The Jones Company and Crye-Leike, REALTORS? have been working to complete the home in The Overlook at Carter's Creek Station, located at 1810 Daniel Court in Columbia, TN. The home will be ready in time for the family to move in before Thanksgiving. The new homeowner is Bittisa Peoples, who is a mother of four and grandmother of twins. She grew up in Franklin and graduated from Franklin High School. She is a Certified Direct Support Professional trained at Waves, Inc. and currently works at Tennessee Personal Assistance, a job she finds very rewarding as she helps people with challenges lead a more fulfilling life.
Bittisa's oldest son, Mondreko (Tre) is 20 and recently completed his first year at Western Kentucky University and is now transferring to MTSU. Howard (15) loves to play basketball and is currently a student at Centennial High School. Bittisa's oldest daughter, Searria, is 19 and has a set of twins, Leeya and L.J. (3). Francescia (Precious) is 14 and loves music and dancing. Precious has cerebral palsy, and has several physical limitations that will be accommodated for in the new home.
This partnership between the two companies represents a $70,000 commitment, with more than 100 volunteers as well as 25 supply sponsors including Huskey Truss, Delta Associates, American Heating & Cooling, Tennessee Glass, and Jewell Roofing.
"I truly appreciate the kindness and generosity from all of these sponsors," says Bittisa. "I have really enjoyed the learning experience and meeting new, positive people who support and encourage me."
The project is a result of the partners' ongoing commitment to continue to build one new Habitat for Humanity home in Williamson County per year. This partnership stems from a strategic marketing alliance formed between the two companies in September 2000.
"We have found our commitment to Habitat for Humanity to be extremely rewarding," said Richard Chapman, president and partner of The Jones Company. "It gives us all an opportunity to roll up our sleeves for a common cause, and help make a difference for a deserving, hard working mother of four.
"Working with The Jones Company to build a Habitat home is something we look forward to every year," said Harold Crye, cofounder and CEO of Crye-Leike, REALTORS. "This partnership has not only had a very positive effect out in our community, but also internally, with our employees. We continue to be committed to the goal of homeownership for anyone with the desire and commitment."
About The Jones Company:
The Jones Company (www.LiveJones.com) has been in business for 85 years, and has built over 3500 homes in Middle Tennessee since 1995. The company offers a variety of home collections starting with the $200,000 "first move up" home to homes in excess of $600,000.
About Crye-Leike, Realtors:
Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 5th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 2,800 licensed sales associates based out of more than 110 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma.
About Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County:
Since 1992, Williamson County Habitat for Humanity has partnered with local churches, businesses, foundations and the public sector to provide 96 hardworking, lower-income Williamson County families with an opportunity to purchase their own home. Home construction and neighborhood development is funded through tax-deductible financial contributions and in-kind donations from local businesses, churches, civic organizations and individuals.
These contributions, along with the labor of sponsor employees, members and other volunteers enable Williamson County Habitat to build and sell homes to selected families who partner with Williamson County Habitat. Working families are selected to partner with HFHWC on the basis of family income ($17,000 - $40,000 annual household income) and their demonstrated need for affordable housing. After an extensive qualification process, the families must (i) complete up to 500 hours of "sweat equity" by completing a Homebuyer's Education program, working on others' and their own homes; (ii) purchase their home for the "cost of construction price" through a 30-year, interest-free mortgage, and (iii) make principal, property insurance and tax payments totaling approximately $525 per month on time. Habitat homeowners continue an ongoing relationship with Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County and agree to certain post-closing restrictive covenants that continue throughout the 30-year life of the mortgage. For more information about our Homeownership Program, please visit our website at: www.habitatwilliamson.org.