UC Habitat for Humanity holds fundraising luncheon

Jim Evans addresses the luncheon attendees.

LIVINGSTON – Close to one hundred gathered April 4 for the first fundraising luncheon in Overton county for Upper Cumberland Habitat for Humanity (UCHFH). Livingston First Baptist Church hosted the New Beginning Luncheon and First National Bank sponsored the meal.

Those in attendance enjoyed hearing some of the historical stories of Habitat’s initial beginnings in Overton County over the past 20 years, including more about the families served with an affordable home. Jim Evans, former treasurer of the Habitat of Overton County board of directors opened the luncheon with some memories and recognition of those who were instrumental in the first years.  Pam Ealey, executive director of UCHFH, then gave brief information on the basics of the Christian ministry along with a vision for the continuing work in Overton county.

“It was such a blessing to meet so many new faces that have either been involved in some way in the past or are ready to help us in the future,” said Ealey. “The generosity of the audience surpassed our expectations and we’re very grateful for their support.”

For the past year, Habitat for Humanity has been busy gaining exposure at various community events, as well as serving some senior homeowners with repair work on their homes. Marie Garrett, a Livingston resident, is one of the seniors that have been served by Habitat this past year. She also spoke to those in attendance on the impact the repair work did for her and her home. 

“I can never thank [Habitat] enough for all they did, and I hope everyone will appreciate what they did,” said Garrett. 

Anyone who would like further information on the ministry’s plans for the next few years or wants to support the work financially is invited to contact Trent Carter, community outreach coordinator, at 931-528-1711. Ext. 8. 

“Right now, our top two goals are securing some buildable lots for future homes and recruiting more volunteers to serve on committees and teams to help take the work in Overton County further,” said Carter. 

UCHFH has an office in Livingston behind the Livingston Housing Authority that Carter works out of on a daily basis. He is also available to speak to church and civic groups, as requested.

For more information on the growth of Habitat for Humanity in Overton County, follow the activity on their website at www.uchabitat.org or contact Trent Carter at trent@uchabitat.org. UCHFH constructs and sells homes to qualified low-income families. UCHFH is a non-profit Christian housing ministry that builds simple, decent and affordable homes in partnership with God and families in need of decent shelter.

Erin Montgomery, Julie Massa, Molly Talent and Karrie Spears help prepare desserts for the UCHFH luncheon.

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