On January 9, Karen Cobb received the surprise of a lifetime – a new home!
The home, located in Fairview’s Willow Crest Subdivision, was the result of a partnerships between Goodall Homes® and Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury (HFHWM).
After adopting her daughter Ashlyn Grace as a newborn and becoming a foster mom to daughter Linda- Lu, Cobb applied to HFHWM in hopes of buying a safe, affordable home where she could raise her girls and foster more children. Cobb herself suffers from mobility issues due to several back surgeries.
She completed the Habitat homeownership program, which included budget coaching, homeownership education classes, and 200 hours of sweat equity, over a year ago and has been waiting patiently to move into a new home.
When COVID-19 arrived, HFHWM scaled back on home construction due to reduced financial support and the necessity to keep the build volunteers safe.
Hearing of Habitat’s need, Goodall Homes built the ADA-adapted home with materials and labor generously donated by their partners and vendors in just four months. In addition, Goodall furnished the three-bedroom, energy efficient home and purchased other ‘wish list’ items Cobb needed.
The surprise began with a limo, arranged by Goodall, picking up Karen and her two daughters from their apartment in Franklin. They were told they were attending a groundbreaking for their soon-to-built home, but when the limo door opened, Goodall staff, Habitat representatives, and a small group of Karen’s friends shared the big surprise and revealed their new home.
“I was totally surprised; I never had a clue,” shared Cobb. “Our new house is the perfect forever home where I will raise my girls and any other children who come into my care. We are so blessed. God is good, and I am beyond grateful for Habitat for Humanity and Goodall Homes.”
In a few weeks, Cobb will purchase her home from HFHWM with an affordable mortgage. She will be the first of 16 families slated to do so from Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury in 2021.
“We were so happy to celebrate the Cobb family while also celebrating our growing partnership with Habitat for Humanity,” said Daniel Stumpf, Goodall division president - Nashville South. “Goodall Homes has a true heart for giving back to the communities in which we live, play, and work in a very tangible way. This project highlighted how our vendors and our team members share that same vision.”
For HFHWM, the Goodall home build was a perfect collaboration and embodiment of their mission to partner with the community to put God’s love into action to build homes, communities, and hope.
“Occasionally, a sponsor comes along who doesn’t simply give, but becomes a true partner in serving our community,” explains HFHWM Chief Development Officer Kim Randell. “For us, that partner is Goodall Homes. We are humbled by the generosity of Justen, Dan, and the entire Goodall team for not only building the house to meet the family’s accessibility needs, but for going above and beyond to make the house a home.”
For many working families, a stable, safe place to call their own has become harder to secure as home prices soar in Williamson County. HFHWM provides a hand up to individuals and families who do not qualify for conventional mortgage financing and meet the Habitat homeownership program’s guidelines. Thanks to donors, volunteers, and corporate sponsors like Goodall Homes®, HFHWM continues its mission to build 14 to 16 affordable homes a year, complete critical repairs to help older citizens age in place, and to bring together people and resources to revitalize neighborhoods.
Homes built by Habitat are not given away, and partner families must complete a homebuyer's education program and earn at least 200 hours of "sweat equity" by working on their home and the homes of others. After a thorough qualification process, applicants are selected based on three criteria: the need for affordable housing, the ability to pay the mortgage, and the willingness to partner. Completed homes are SOLD with an affordable mortgage to the families, helping to build the strength, stability, and independence for a better life.
For more information about our homeownership program, volunteering, or sponsorship opportunities, contact HFHWM at 615-690-8090 or visit www.hfhwm.org. For more information about Goodall Homes, visit GoodallHomes.com.