Save the Date! Cheatham Houses of Hope is set for Thursday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. at Gateway Church Assembly of God. Call Director Jeff Bennett at 615.441.9967 to find out how you can get involved.
Donation from Late Mayor Helps Fund Affordable Homes
In April 2018, Cheatham Habitat built its seventh home on land that was purchased with a generous donation from the family of David McCullough and the church he pastored – Cedar Hill Community Church in Pegram, which ceased operation following his death. McCullough’s family presented Habitat with a check for $175,000 in honor of McCullough. Cheatham Habitat bought five lots on Spring Street in Ashland City with those funds, which will secure Cheatham Habitat’s mission in Cheatham County for years to come.
A check presentation of $175,000 in memory of late Mayor David McCullough by his family will be used to fund the work of affordable homeowner in Cheatham County
Seventh Home Dedicates
Cheatham Habitat for Humanity dedicated its seventh home build since its founding in 2010. The home was built on land that was purchased with generous donations from the Justin and Valere Blair Potter Foundation and the family of the late Cheatham County Mayor David McCullough and the church he pastored – Cedar Hill Community Church in Pegram. Cheatham Habitat bought five lots off Spring Street in Ashland City with the donations. In addition to helping to purchase these lots, the $175,000 donation made in McCullough’s honor will help support future builds in this community.
“We wanted to remember the work that Mayor McCullough has done in Cheatham County and celebrate the legacy he left behind. He loved serving the residents of our county. His legacy will continue to live on through the hands of our Habitat volunteers and the work that we will do for the next several years” said Jeff Bennett, Cheatham Habitat for Humanity director. “We are also grateful to the Justin and Valere Blair Potter Foundation for their continued generosity to Cheatham Habitat for Humanity.”
New Habitat homeowner Jessica Epley is the mother of two young boys who are honor roll students at their school. She says she and her sons feel at home in Cheatham County, where she has lived for the past eight years. Jessica attended Nashville College of Medical Careers and earned the classification of medical office specialist. She is currently an executive assistant at a local company, where she hopes to continue developing her knowledge, skills, and abilities to prepare for future career growth.
Jessica said the best thing about being a parent is the unconditional love she shares with her children and that she needs a place to ground that love. “Becoming a homeowner will provide more stability for my family. I want my boys to grow up to be great men who are successful in every aspect of their lives,” she said.
Sponsors are: Ashland City Free Will Baptist Church, 24 Church, Gateway Church Assembly of God, Demonbreun Roofing Inc., Donnie and Jackie Kemp, Walmart – Ashland City, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Community Bank & Trust, Todd Binkley Insurance, The Bill Bennett Memorial Fund, DATCO, A.O. Smith, U.S. Bank Foundation, RBS, Inc., Pegram Church of Christ, Valerie Kemp Dreier CPA, Good Springs Free Will Baptist Church, Dillon Transportation, John E. Mayfield Charitable Foundation, David McCullough Memorial Gift, and the Cheatham County Faith Community.
History of Cheatham Habitat
When Habitat of Greater Nashville worked to help residents in Cheatham County after the devastating floods of 2010, it became evident that the work was far from finished. A desire to have a permanent advocate for quality, affordable housing turned into the Cheatham Habitat. This commitment, along with many other volunteers and donors, saw the completion of Cheatham County's first Habitat house in 2011 and as of 2017 six Habitat homes have been built for low-income families in Cheatham County.