Habitat for Humanity

Reliant Bank employees volunteered to help build a Habitat for Humanity home for Stephanie Fox and her son on Spring Street in Ashland City. Fox participated in the effort, putting in ‘sweat equity.’ The home is scheduled to be completed March 22. SUBMITTED

A stable living situation has long eluded Cheatham County resident Stephanie Fox and her son but that’s about to change.

Fox works full time at Walmart and attends Bellevue College in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in business management. She and her son have been staying with her parents to help make ends meet.

Now, Fox and her son are about to move into a new house of their own in Ashland City thanks to Habitat for Humanity and volunteers building the house with Fox.

Fox said of Cheatham County: “This where my son has been raised, where my parents live, and this is where I want to stay.”

She contributed “sweat equity,” helping to build the house on Spring Street that was set to be completed March 22. She hasn’t had a place of her own since 2012.

About a dozen Reliant Bank employees volunteered to help build the house.

“Participating in a Habitat build is especially rewarding,” said John Morrow, a vice president and branch manager at the bank’s Ashland City location. “Not only do you directly see the results of your efforts in the finished house, you have the opportunity to work side-by-side with the owner and witness what is truly a life-changing moment.”

Fox’s home is the ninth for Cheatham County, according to Jeff Bennett, director of divisions for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville.

“We’re excited to walk with Stephanie down this road of achieving her dream of homeownership,” said Bennett, adding that Fox has volunteered with Habitat in the past.

Fox expressed gratitude for the efforts of everyone involved and said the stability of having her own home will be especially valuable for her son.

“Consistency is important in any child’s life,” she said. “I thank everyone a million times over for their generosity, dedication, and the heart that goes into the work behind building a Habitat home.”

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