Habitat Blitz Build

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- Habitat for Humanity and over 1400 volunteers are building homes for seven Knoxville residents in seven days!

It's called the Silver Leaf Community which use to be a large vacant lot on Skyline Drive in East Knoxville. However, in the past couple of days; seven concrete slabs have turned into seven beautiful homes.

Crystal Tucker is one of the residents who has watched magic happen over the past few days. She is a mother of two who has always rented, never thinking she'd be able to own a home one day. That is, until she decided to apply for Habitat for Humanity and was accepted.

"A co-worker of mine was doing Habitat for Humanity and I didn't think I'd qualify or even have the time to complete the required course work; but I just did it and now I'm watching my dreams being built." says Crystal.

However, a dream to own a home has taken some hard work for Crystal and her two sons.

Crystal told us, "I've taken budget classes, landscaping, and nutrition classes. My boys have even had to keep their grades up in school. We have all worked together which makes it a better reward in the end."

She is now debt-free and has learned how to manage her life better thanks to the help from Habitat for Humanity.

"I work hard for myself but mostly for my boys. I want them to know it takes a lot to get through life but with hard work it pays off in the end. I want my boys to grow up well-rounded and upstanding citizens."


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  • by Kara Location: Knoxville on Apr 15, 2011 at 01:07 PM
    we are ALL proud of you girl and can't wait til you get to move in. I know how hard you have worked and you deserve this as much as anyone!
  • by Chris Location: Knoxville on Apr 14, 2011 at 05:48 PM
    Congratulations Crystal! Your buddy from work is proud of you!

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