Nikki Tallent, Habitat for Humanity
What is your history in Hartselle and with your business?
I was born and raised in Decatur. I lived most of my adult life in other cities but recently moved back to the area and now live in Hartselle. In July 2019, I began a career with Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County. This affiliate has 2 neighborhoods, one in Hartselle and one in Decatur. Phoenix Place Subdivision, in Hartselle, has 18 lots. Our current build for the Stitts family will be completed in a few weeks, leaving only 2 lots available.
What is your history with the Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Program?
I became an Ambassador in July of 2019 and serve on the Executive Committee as well. The HACC allows time with like-minded business professionals that care about one another. HACC provides a wide variety of opportunities and events to connect with potential business partners. I look forward to working with this incredible group and mentoring new members with my fellow Ambassadors. The key is to get involved and take advantage of the many opportunities open to you by becoming a member. Trust me, it works.
What is good with your business?
Despite the effects of COVID -19, HFHMC will complete our Spring build in Hartselle in late July and begin our Fall build in September, in our Decatur neighborhood. Along with our partners, volunteers, and homeowners, not only is a physical structure built but together we build hope and offer community.The Habitat for Humanity ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center, is open Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 - 4:00. The ReStore sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The ReStore proceeds are used to cover administrative and building costs. If you have furniture, appliances, or surplus building materials to donate, please contact the ReStore at 256.308.1160.
What is hard with your business?
1. To have the opportunity to change the narrative and misconceptions of the homeownership program we offer at HFHMC. We do not give away free houses.
- Families in need of decent, affordable housing apply for homeownership with their local Habitat for Humanity.
- Habitat’s family selection committee selects homeowners based on three criteria:
- The applicant’s level of need.
- Their willingness to partner with Habitat.
- Their ability to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan.
- Habitat’s homebuyers invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners, in addition to paying an affordable mortgage and receiving financial education.
2. Habitat Relies on Donations:
A glaring fact that has been made evident due to COVID-19, is the need for safe and healthy housing. The Habitat staff continues to have the option to work from home. It is comforting to know that home is a safe and healthy place in which to live and work. However, for many Morgan County residents, this is not the case.
COVID-19 has affected many families and organizations financially. HFHMC will need the help of community partners as we move forward to build safe, healthy, and affordable houses. Together we will make this dream a reality.
What is the greatest opportunity for growth?
The greatest opportunity for growth is simply being allowed to share with the community the many ways to partner with Habitat for Humanity and the extreme difference it will make in a persons life. It truly does affect generations.
I am excited to be back in Morgan County, being involved and “blooming where I’m planted”.
Cindy Davidson – Journeys by Design
Jenny Denton – Habitat for Humanity
Erin Elledge – Hartselle Farmer’s Market
Bettye English – Hartselle Historical Society
Andrea Hatfield – Inline Lighting and Electric
Page Holifield – State Farm, Junior League, and the Prayers for Kayleigh Foundation
Sandy Johnson – Individual Member & Hartselle Historical Society
Kimberley Lewis – Angel Keepers
Carrow McClendon – Prayers for Kayleigh Foundation
Kelly McIntyre – Columbia Cottages
Larry Murphree – Individual Member & Hartselle Camp Meeting
Kerry Richardson – Main St. Mortgage
Nancy Busby Solburg – Individual Member & Civitan Club
Nikki Tallent – Habitat for Humanity
Debra Watson - Daystar Church
Donna Watson - Hartselle First Assembly of God
Jimmie Watson – Hartselle First Assembly of God
Jennifer Williams – Junior League & Kiwanis