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Single mother of three receives Habitat home

Staff Photo by Amanda Lowrance

Single mother of three Cassie Christopher and her sons, Logan, Talon, and Gunner, were the recipients of Habitat for Humanity’s 5th house in McNairy County.

“It has been a prayer answered,” said Christopher in tears. “We have tried and tried and tried, and the one thing I have always wanted for me and the kids is to have a home. Being a single mother is a new challenge each day and a blessing at the same time.”

The family joined with many others from the community at 107 Lynn Street in Adamsville last Saturday to break ground on what will soon be Christopher’s house.

“We have a family selection committee that reviews applications,” said Board of Directors President Betty Gail Garrison, “and it is a process of going into the home and seeing the need and their financial situation. The recipient has to go through training on how to manage their money, how to maintain a home, and various other things.”

Determining the suitable recipient involves many steps, and the Christopher family realizes just how lucky they are to have had this opportunity.

According to Habitat for Humanity there are over 100 million homeless and almost two billion people living in slum housing in the world, and this non-profit company helps these people to recover from poverty with a low-income housing solution.

Every piece and every item that goes into the house is donated, or money is raised to buy the eligible family a new place to call home. 

“We appreciate all the organizations, businesses, and anyone that has been a volunteer or donated money for their time and effort,” said Garrison. “It means a lot to know that we are going to put someone in a home that otherwise could not afford a home.” 

These volunteers have begun working and plan to complete the project in roughly three months, weather permitting.

Ironically enough, the 4th local recipient of Habitat for Humanity, Adria Harstin, lives just three houses down from the newly claimed lot.

She is proud of her new home and has worked to keep the house in great condition. Telling the story still brings tears to her eyes.

“It was such a blessing,” said Harstin. “I won’t ever forget it. For a single mama to provide a home for her boys with the help of the community, you can take pride in that.”

On Aug. 18, Habitat for Humanity will host a Celebrity Waiter Dinner to raise money for the project. All donations and volunteers are gratefully accepted, and to lend a hand in this mission, contact the Selmer office at 108 Jones Road or call (731) 713-0103 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays.

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