Habitat for Humanity Build

First Presbyterian Church invite you to join in this year’s build. The build will take place on Saturdays and Sundays over four consecutive weekends, Saturday, September 16–Sunday, October 8. Each work day is 7:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m in Antioch, Tennessee.  You can meet this year’s partner family on Sunday, August 27 at the 8:30 and 11:00 A.M. worship services for Minute for Mission and various Sunday School classes that day. The Home Dedication is on Sunday, October 22 at 2:00 P.M. at the family’s new home. This special event is for everyone!

 How can I volunteer?
Two member co-captains have signed up to help recruit and coordinate each team. We need eight construction teams of 25 volunteers, ages 16 and up, for each Saturday and Sunday. A light breakfast and coffee are provided by the co-captains. Bottled water is also provided. You can volunteer in one of two ways:
  • Build Volunteer: There are no building skills required! A team of Habitat for Humanity experienced “supervisors on site” will be there to guide and instruct the team about the day’s work. Plus, there are always experienced team members from previous Habitat builds who will be there to work alongside you. Register as a Build Volunteer by selecting a date link below. Click here for more specific info about the work done each build day. Click here to sign-up for one of the specific dates below:
    1. Saturday, September 16: Framing & Walls
    2. Sunday, September 17: Framing & Roof
    3. Saturday, September 23: Start Siding & Insulation
    4. Sunday, September 24: Finish Siding & Insulation
    5. Saturday, September 30: Interior Trim, Doors & Paint
    6. Sunday, October 1:  Interior Trim, Paint & Cabinets
    7. Saturday, October 7:  Landscaping & Interior Final
    8. Sunday, October 8: Finish House & Punch Work
  • Lunch Volunteer: If you are not interested in being on the construction volunteer team, we also need lunch volunteers. You can help provide and serve lunch each workday. Lunch teams use a combined approach of prepared meals and food vendors for their meal plans. To register as a Lunch Volunteer, email missions@fpcnashville.org.

Who is the 2017 Habitat Partner Family?

The couple married in 2005 and are the proud parents of three boys ages: 10, 7, and 3. The couple lived in Duhok, Iraq and that same year, Hussein was hired by the United States as a personal special detail, or personal bodyguard for American clients during the United States occupation of Iraq.

After the United States occupation forces left Duhok in 2009, Hussein feared his service to the United States would make him and his family a target, so he applied for refugee status. Because of his work with the United States military, Hussein and his family were granted permission to relocate in 2013. Through a family friend, Hussein heard that Nashville not only had a large Kurdish population, but that it also had similar weather as well. “I like everything here: the food, the weather, and it so peaceful. Everyone has the freedom to pursue happiness,” Hussein says.

The family of five currently live in a small apartment with an insect problem. “The insect problem is one thing, but I don’t feel that my children are safe outside. I want them to be able to enjoy the outdoors like we did as children in Iraq without someone bothering them,” Nareen says.

Hussein and Nareen are ethnic Kurds and both fondly remember their time in Duhok. “I loved it there,” Hussein says. “We had mountains, a lake, and the weather was perfect!” Nareen and Hussein met through their parents and grew up as childhood friends. Nareen studied agriculture and animal anatomy at the University of Dohuk. One day she wants to go back to school and continue her education in the agricultural field. Hussein studied Arabic in school, but his true love as a boy was ‘80s Hollywood Kung Fu movies. Hussein initially learned English through imitating his favorite Kung Fu movies.

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