On July 28, Codie Arthur and her daughter Dylan were surrounded by family and friends for the dedication of their new Habitat home in Portland. When Codie, a deputy clerk in the Sumner County General Sessions Criminal Court Clerk’s office, closes on her home in a few weeks, she will receive a mortgage with affordable monthly payments.
Her new home is Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County’s Build #63 and was sponsored by several local churches as part of the Apostles Build fundraising campaign.
“We are so excited to dedicate our 7th Apostles Build Home today,” Susan Johnson, Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County executive director said. “This is the day the Lord has made! Codie and Dylan are in for a wonderful life in this house, we just know it.”
Arthur, a graduate from UT-Chattanooga and Gallatin High School, began the journey toward homeownership nearly two years ago. When she learned her current income to debt ratio was too high to qualify for a traditional mortgage, she soon sought out information about applying for a Habitat home.
“I want to thank everybody for being here, everyone who has prayed for this and given their time and given their support,” Codie Arthur shared when addressing the crowd attending the dedication ceremony. “We can’t thank you all enough for helping in any way to provide this home for me and Dylan.”
The annual Apostles Build is an event sponsored by Sumner County churches in which each church commits to provide volunteers, funding, food, and prayer for the build. This year's participating churches included: Northfield Church, Gallatin; Church at Indian Lake, Hendersonville; First Presbyterian Church, Gallatin; First Baptist Church, Gallatin; First Baptist Church, Hendersonville; First United Methodist Church, Hendersonville; St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Hendersonville; Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, White House; and Rehoboth United Methodist Church, Gallatin.
Additional volunteer groups included Living Free Fellowship, Portland and the HFHSC Mid-Week Group.
The Dedication Ceremony was sponsored by Northfield Church, Gallatin. The general contractor for the build was John Keightley, Stillwaters Construction.