Homes in Williamson County’s hot real estate market are hard to come by, but thanks to Thrivent Financial and Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury, Yvonne Anderson will have the chance to purchase a new, craftsman-style home in Fairview later this month. 

Anderson, a single mother of four, is a Franklin native who attended Franklin High School. According to a news release from HFHWM, her mother was a stay-at-home parent and her father worked at the VA Hospital in Nashville as a dietary cook. 

Anderson says her father was an amazing chef and inspired her to follow in his footsteps. She has been a dietary cook since 2011 and has worked preparing meals at Claiborne Hughes Nursing and Rehabilitation Center since March 2019. Making food feeds Yvonne’s soul and in her free time, she enjoys cooking and baking with her family.   

The busy mom has worked diligently to complete the Habitat Homeownership Program, which includes 280 hours of sweat equity, budget coaching, online homeownership classes and $3,500 in closing costs. Her home was slated for completion in the spring but was pushed back due to construction challenges caused by COVID-19.

Skyrocketing lumber costs, supply chain slowdowns, and massive cutbacks in volunteers due to the pandemic have slowed down the nonprofit’s mission to build affordable housing in a county that so desperately needs it, per a release.

HFHWM held a dedication ceremony on Aug. 28 to bless and celebrate Yvonne’s new home. It was the first home dedication for the nonprofit in seven months. Family, friends, Habitat for Humanity staff, sponsors and Fairview Commissioner Rodney Dawson attended.   

Thrivent Financial consultants David and Tammy Brown presented the mortgage and keys to Yvonne. This was the fourth HFHWM home since 2016 completely sponsored by Thrivent Financial, a financial services organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. 

“Thrivent is proud to partner with Habitat Williamson-Maury to provide affordable housing opportunities for local families who need it,” Brown said. “We are thrilled to be part of creating another beautiful home in this charming neighborhood.” 

Dawson attended on behalf of the city of Fairview. 

“Everyone should have access to the American Dream, a home, if you are willing to put that sweat equity — blood, sweat and tears — in it,” he said. 

A teary-eyed Anderson thanked Thrivent and all the churches who volunteered on her home. 

“Thank you for supporting me and providing this new beginning for my family,” she said. “Thank you, God, for this blessing!” 

The release says Anderson will close on her home on Sept. 14, purchasing it with a tailored, affordable mortgage. She is already planning a dinner at her new home to thank her sponsors through her culinary gifts.  

For more information on HFHWM’s homeownership program, critical repair service, and volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.hfhwm.org.