Holston Habitat for Humanity schedules groundbreaking on new Elizabethton house

Published 1:49 pm Wednesday, September 27, 2023

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Every Habitat Groundbreaking Ceremony marks a new beginning for a family in need. Holston Habitat invites the community to join in celebrating the start of its latest Elizabethton project, which will be built in partnership with Habitat homebuyer Jesse, and his blended family. The family’s Groundbreaking Ceremony will be held at 1654 Central Avenue at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
Holston Habitat helps individuals and families with limited financial resources and housing need to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through safe, affordable shelter. After tragically losing his 14-year-old son in 2021, Habitat homebuyer, Jesse, and his four daughters moved to Elizabethton seeking a safer place to live. The family is now rooted in the community and has grown to include Jesse’s partner, Judi, and her daughter. “I promised my son that I would one day buy us a house. That’s a promise I intended on keeping,” says Jesse. “We are looking forward to having something we can call our own and the opportunity to have a fresh new start!”
Groundbreaking ceremonies generally kick-off the construction phase of Holston Habitat house builds. While some site prep is already in progress, raising the walls and the construction of Jesse’s house will not begin until mid-October. Volunteer registration for this build is currently open and accessible through Holston Habitat’s website at www.HolstonHabitat.org. Jesse’s build is expected to take 13 weeks and require more than 2,000 hours of labor. “We’ll provide the tools, training, and safety gear needed to get the job done. All we need now is willing hands to help,” says Steve Clark, Holston Habitat’s Construction Manager. “Whether you’re a skilled builder or you don’t know which end of the hammer to hold, there’s a place for you on a Holston Habitat build site.”
The community is invited to celebrate the start of this exciting project alongside Jesse, Judi, and their five daughters on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. at 1654 Central Avenue in Elizabethton. Community members unable to join the celebration in-person are invited to view the Groundbreaking Ceremony online via Holston Habitat’s Facebook Live feed.

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