Habitat Home Groundbreaking marks a fresh start for Elizabethton family

Published 11:55 am Friday, October 6, 2023

By Larry N. Souders
Star Correspondent
In the warm embrace of an early fall afternoon, Holston Habitat for Humanity took a significant step toward brighter days as they broke ground on their 328th home, a milestone that marks the 20th dwelling to be erected in Carter County. Known as “Jesse’s Build,” this new house holds the promise of a better life for Jesse Everett, his partner Judi, and their five beautiful daughters, representing a blended family.
Holston Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to empowering individuals and families with limited financial means, offering them a path to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through safe, affordable housing. For Jesse, who tragically lost his 14-year-old son in 2021, the journey to an improved life led him and his four daughters to Elizabethton in search of a safer haven.
The family has now firmly planted their roots in the community, welcoming Jesse’s partner, Judi, and her daughter into their fold. Jesse spoke with determination, saying, “I promised my son that I would one day buy us a house. That’s a promise I intend to keep. We are looking forward to having something we can call our own and the opportunity to have a fresh new start.”
Holston Habitat for Humanity’s press release from September detailed that “Groundbreaking Ceremonies generally kick off the construction phase of Holston Habitat house builds. While some site preparation work is already underway, the actual construction of Jesse’s house is scheduled to commence in 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 will require over 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 family anticipates moving into their new home in the Eastside community sometime between mid-February and early March in 2024.
Holston Habitat for Humanity is part of a global non-profit housing organization that serves Sullivan, Washington, and Carter counties in Tennessee and Bristol, Va.
Holston Habitat collaborates with communities, families, and volunteers to enhance the quality of life for families in need by providing affordable housing and opportunities for homeownership.
For those interested in volunteering or contributing to this noble cause, information is available via email at info@holstonhabitat.org or by calling 423-239-7689 on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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