December 19, 2018

“I’ll be home for Christmas - - if only in my dreams,” is the ending line of the classic Christmas song I’ll be home for Christmas. But for Chris Adams and his family a dream has been answered with a new home for the holidays thanks to Williamson County Habitat for Humanity, countless volunteers from various trade organization, and John A. Logan College Construction Management and HVAC students.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization working locally and in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States. Habitat works to build and improve homes in partnership with individuals and families in need of a decent and affordable place to live.

Adams, an Army veteran who served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, put in over 400 hours himself working on the house. He is currently employed at the VA Medical Center while attending John A. Logan College in the Industrial Maintenance Program.

According to the Associate Dean for Career and Technical Education Scott Wernsman, the fact that Adams is a John A. Logan College student made the College’s involvement that much more special.

“For our students to get hands-on experience during the construction of a new home is a great opportunity,” said Wernsman. “But the experience of volunteering to help a family, and in this case a fellow student is what is really special for these students.

John A. Logan College construction students spent about 30 hours framing the house while HVAC students installed the duct work, as well as both the furnace and outside unit.

According to Heating and Air Instructor Aaron Carter, this is not the first or last Habitat project the College will be involved with.

“We work with both the Williamson and Jackson County Habitat for Humanity chapters,” said Carter. “We love the fact that these students get to work on an actual home, but more importantly they get to see the value of giving back.”

Tammy Gwaltney with Williamson County Habitat thanked all of the volunteers and students that worked so hard to insure that the Adams family was home for the holidays.

“Today, a family received a safe, solid, good home just in time for Christmas and we could not have done this without all of you,” said Gwaltney.

For more information on Williamson County Habitat for Humanity visit www.habitat-williamsoncounty.org or call (618) 713-2296.