As if raising teenagers during a global pandemic wasn’t hard enough, Lillian and Rodney have faced extra challenges the last few years. Lillian was sidelined for months following an emergency surgery that put her out of work. For a time, it seemed the season of renewal would never come for these strong, hardworking parents of three, two of whom still live at home.
Lillian is now back at work in a local restaurant, and Rodney still has his warehouse manager job. They had always dreamed of homeownership, but rising real estate prices and their recent financial and physical hardships made the dream feel more distant than ever.
Sadly, Lillian and Rodney represent far too many Knoxville parents who are locked in a desperate, daily fight to provide safety and stability for their children. You can change that.
For so many local families, the pandemic has only worsened an existing affordable housing crisis. In spite of steady, full-time employment, they struggle with finding and keeping decent housing. They could never save enough to buy a home before the pandemic, and now it’s nearly impossible. Working parents like Lillian and Rodney are forced to pay inflated rents for unsafe and substandard housing. So the growing need for safe and affordable housing continues.
Thanks to donors like you, Lillian and Rodney will no longer have that need, as one of the first families to build buy their own home in Knoxville Habitat’s newest affordable neighborhood, Ellen’s Glen.
Will you join in our movement to help more families that want and deserve a new beginning and better future?
Working with us and our partner families, you provide a hand up, not a handout for your neighbors who need an affordable place to live. Your investment today is an investment in hope for others, and in safer housing, stronger communities and a better Knoxville for everyone!
In gratitude and with best wishes for all the blessings of spring,
Kelle Shultz | President/CEO