Community News Local family moves into Chattanooga's first Faith Build Home

Community News Local family moves into Chattanooga's first Faith Build Home

April 11th, 2018 by Staff Report in Community East Hamilton

Church partners celebrate the completion of the first Faith Build Home with homeowner Shan Melvin. From left are Ian Carney, Eric Light, Nathan Malone, Tom Hays, Mike Pettingill, Lindsey Gallaher, the Rev. Lou Parsons, Edymar Panagos, Melvin and her son, Trey.

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Habitat for Humanity Senior Project Manager Roy Jarvis presents a mock key to Shan Melvin, Habitat's 278th homeowner.

Habitat for Humanity Senior Project Manager Roy Jarvis...

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Nine area churches recently celebrated the culmination of 16 weeks of work to not only build a home for a local family, but build bridges between denominations.

More than 130 volunteers representing churches from Ooltewah to Red Bank worked alongside each other to build Chattanooga's first Faith Build Home. Each church donated $5,000 to build the three-bedroom home for a mother and her two sons, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area.

The participating churches were Christ United Methodist Church, Collegedale Community Seventh-day Adventist Church, North River Seventh-day Adventist Church, Ooltewah Seventh-day Adventist Church, Ooltewah United Methodist Church, Standifer Gap Seventh-day Adventist Church, St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Two Rivers Church.

Habitat for Humanity Development Director Dominique Brandt welcomes guests to the dedication ceremony of Habitat's first Faith Build Home.

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A sign denotes the many partners involved in the project.

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