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A large group of family, friends, coworkers, sponsors and construction volunteers were on hand for the home dedication. 


Maya Angelou said, “The ache for home lives in us all.” That ache for Lamar Cerda and her children was soothed on Sunday, December 15 when Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County hosted the Dedication Ceremony of her new home, the 2019 Sumner Realtors Home Build. Lamar, a single mother with three children, works at Simpson Strong Tie in Gallatin. 

 “I want to say thank you to every one of ya’ll for being here,” Lamar Cerda shared with the group gathered for the special event. “I want to thank God for this house and I want to thank my mom, she’s my rock. She’s been there from day one for me…I am proud to have her as my mom. I want to thank to my boss. He was there when I applied for Habitat. He had great faith that I was going to make it. I also want to thank my friends, my co-workers, my family, brothers, nephews. I am proud of everything I’ve done so far, and I hope to do great things, even better things for me and my kids.” 

Lamar’s home build was sponsored by Sumner Realtors as well as its following members and affiliates: One Stop Realty; Smith-Sholar-Milliken; Coldwell Banker Lakeside; Re/Max Choice Properties; Crye-Leike Realty (Hendersonville); Rock Real Estate; Simmons Bank; Warranty Title; Keller-Williams; Lee Building Products (Gene Rhodes) and Above All Drywall. This was the third build sponsored by Sumner Realtors in Sumner County.

Other sponsors for this build included: Heartland Roofing; GAF; Bethel Primitive Baptist Church; Simpson Strong Tie; Valspar Paint; Whirlpool Corporation; Dow Products; Reliant Bank; Navient Foundation; Tennessee Housing Development Agency; and Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati. In addition to the sponsors, volunteer groups from Goodall Homes, Welch College, and the Gap participated in the build. Food for the volunteers was provided by XTend Healthcare; Dairy Queen of Gallatin; Jersey Mikes of Gallatin; Chick-fil-a of Gallatin; and Zaxby’s of Gallatin.          

When the Lamar closes on her loan in January, Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County will provide her with an affordable mortgage based on her income with monthly payments she can afford. Lamar Cerda completed over 200 hours of ‘sweat equity’ towards the building of her home and other Habitat projects with the help of her friends and co-workers. 

Each Habitat Partner Family receives a toolbox, a family Bible and an American Flag at the home dedication. The flag ceremony and Pledge of Allegiance for Lamar’s home was dedicated to long-time Habitat friend and supporter, Jim Hawkins, who passed away earlier this month. Jim always led this part of the home dedication program and he was deeply missed by those in attendance.

For more information, please contact Susan Johnson at (615) 452-9606 or

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