WHAT: Knoxville’s local craft beer community is collaborating with Knoxville Habitat for Humanity to help address the need for affordable housing where they live, work and play. The House that Beer Built, presented by Grayson Subaru, brings breweries and local craft beer taprooms together to build a home with Raven Bowers, a hardworking mom and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in need of a safe and affordable home for her family (family bio attached). Participating breweries and taprooms have already held over 20 events across Knoxville to raise money toward building Raven’s home.
Also, the popular beer passports are still available to purchase and will be on sale at the build site. Priced at $20, the beer passport booklet contains special deals from a Knoxville craft breweries and taprooms with a total value of over $50. The official House that Beer Built tees and 2018 calendars will also be available.
More details are available at beerbuilt.com.
WHO: Local breweries and taprooms, presenting sponsor Grayson Subaru and Knoxville Habitat for Humanity
WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: 3801 Ivy Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37914
Raven works full time as an LPN (licensed practical nurse) at Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic. She’s raising four children on her own and attends class at least one night a week – sometimes more – in order to complete Knoxville Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership education requirements.
“Learning to budget has been a challenge,” Raven says. “Eating out was blowing my budget every week. It really added up quickly, and I didn’t realize it. It’s hard not to eat out when you work all day, and your kids play sports after school. It’s easier to go through a drive-thru somewhere. But at (Knoxville) Habitat, I learned how to plan meals and cook ahead. I use my Crock Pot a lot!”
Raven says that she’s saving money now, and not just for a rainy day. “Habitat has taught me about saving for big expenses, and also for retirement through a Roth IRA and how to take advantage of my employer’s match.”
Raven started her career as a CNA (certified nursing assistant) working in a local nursing home. “My mother encouraged me to go into healthcare. She told me that if I treated all my patients like they were my own grandmother, I’d always have a job. I found out that I love caring for others, and after four years, I went back to school for my LPN (certification).”
Raven reports that, while she misses working with her older patients in the nursing home, she finds her work at KOC to be exceptionally interesting. And her work hours are easier to manage with her children’s schedules.
“I’m so excited for my children to have a backyard to play in and their own rooms.” Raven also knows how important it is for her children to feel safe. “My kids can’t play outside where we live.”
Raven has worked hard to build and purchase her Knoxville Habitat home, but she will quickly tell you that her kids worked hard for it too. “I told them, just let me get out of nursing school and we’re going to work at getting a home.”
Thanks to the Knoxville craft beer community, her home will be a reality very soon.
About Knoxville Habitat for Humanity
Knoxville Habitat for Humanity is an independent, non-profit, Christian housing ministry that partners with people of all beliefs. Knoxville Habitat has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1985 and builds decent and affordable homes in partnership with people in need.
Families are very much invested in the process of buying their new homes, and they pay mortgages like anyone with a traditional home loan. In addition to their mortgage, each family must contribute 500 hours of sweat equity as a down payment before they can move in, most of which are spent in classes learning how to budget and become a responsible homeowner. Volunteers and future homeowners provide the labor in building the homes, while tax-deductible donations of money, land and materials are provided by individuals, organizations and corporations. Knoxville Habitat has built more than 550 homes in Knox County. For more information or to donate, visit knoxvillehabitat.com.