Nashville --- On Saturday, the Tennessee State University women’s basketball team spent a few hours working at the Habitat for Humanity’s Restore Center in downtown Nashville.
The Lady Tigers served in different capacities during their time at the store including pricing items, greeting customers, stacking shelves, organizing and cleaning.
“It was a great bonding experience for the team,” commented redshirt senior forward Chelsea Hudson. “The workers were very welcoming and passionate about what they did. I’m glad we could lend a helping hand!”
Habitat’s ReStores sell used and new home and office furnishings and building supplies at a fraction of retail prices. The money generated is used towards the building of Habitat for Humanity houses. Sales from the Nashville stores have helped to provide homes for more than 21 local families.
“Coach Inman places an emphasis on making a difference in the Nashville community,” added senior guard Rachel Allen. “We really had a good time giving back to Habitat for Humanity. That opportunity gave us a chance to make a difference in lives and to also bond as a team.”
In 1985, Nashville leaders decided to be a part of the extraordinary ministry of the national Habitat for Humanity movement. With only a handful of volunteers, it often took up to a year to complete one house, but the positive effects were clear and the volunteer passion was unwavering. Under the leadership of former CEO Chris McCarthy, it took 15 years to build the first 100 homes, four years for the second 100, two and half years for the third 100, and just under two years for the fourth 100 homes. Under the leadership of Danny Herron, president and CEO since 2010, Habitat of Greater Nashville celebrated its 500th home build in 2012. Habitat of Greater Nashville is one of more than 1,400 Habitat affiliates worldwide.