Cornelia Johnson – City of Chattanooga – Completed
Cornelia Johnson had volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in recent years, but did not think she could actually qualify to be a Habitat Homeowner herself. Yet with the rising cost of rent, she decided to at least give Habitat a shot. “I never thought in a million years that I would get in! I didn’t think (Habitat for Humanity) accepted single people into their program. So one day I drove by the office and decided to just go in and apply.” Much to her surprise, she was accepted and started her journey to homeownership soon after.
Enthusiasm and joy radiate from Cornelia as she tells her story of partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area. She has dedicated the past year of her life to reaching her goal of becoming a Habitat homeowner. She has put in endless “sweat equity” hours by volunteering at the Habitat office and ReStore, participating in homeowner education classes, and even being part of the construction of her fellow Partner Families’ homes. Everything Cornelia commits to, she does with gusto and zeal.
Cornelia grew up in the small town of Baileyton in Northeast Tennessee. After moving around numerous times, she finally settled here in scenic Chattanooga. Cornelia is a true overcomer, having recently lost her daughter to cancer. But following the sorrow, she has found hope and happiness, adding that it is her faith that sustains her. Cornelia said she has found comfort in two particular passages of Scripture, Psalm 111:5 and Psalm 73:26 that describe God as Jehovah-Jireh (My Provider) and El Shaddia (The All Sufficient One).
Cornelia hopes that having her new home will provide comfort and a safe place for her friends and family to be. “Whether someone is going through a tough time or they just need someone to talk to, I want my house to be welcoming for everyone.” And, it is that attitude that truly embodies what Habitat for Humanity is all about! And, that truly embodies the spirit of Habitat for Humanity!
Funding for Cornelia Johnson’s Home provided by:
City of Chattanooga, Office of Economic and Community Development, Andy Berke, Mayor
Additional funding, support, Services or Materials
Chattanooga Area Volunteers
Daughters of the American Revolution, Chief John Ross Chapter
The Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Chattanooga Chapter
The HART Gallery
Procter & Gamble
St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church
Two Men and a Truck