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House 151

Bernadette Taylor

696 Jeremiah Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517


Donated by the Kulash Family


This house on Jeremiah Drive is unusual for us - it is a small home in North Chatham County that was donated by the Kulash Family. The home was donated with the understanding that it would be renovated and sold to a Habitat family. It has been our privilege to take on this house and freshen it up so that it can be a safe, healthy, affordable home for a new family.

Meet Bernadette Taylor

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Bernadette is a Durham native, she is currently self-employed as an Uber & Lyft driver, and has been for the last 15 months. While Bernadette doesn’t have any kids, she has a dog named Buddy. She loves going to the beach, taking road trips, and volunteering, and she is a proud New York Giants fan.

At the end of 2012, Bernadette became homeless. She slept in shelters, in her car, and at hotels. She moved to Siler City 8 years ago and has worked her way into better and better housing conditions, but she is still living in a home that is unsafe. Bernadette drove past the Habitat office many times and finally decided to stop by and inquire last year, and she has been working toward buying a home ever since.

When asked what she is looking forward to, Bernadette said, “getting the keys to my new home so that I can exhale “Amen.” My future is to live in peace and remain humble. This new home will be my sanctuary. I am so blessed and humbled that God is in the midst of it all. God, Habitat, and I did an awesome job.”

We Couldn't Do It Without...

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Our Staff & Regular Volunteers!

Pictured here is Rouse Wilson, who deserves an extra shout out for helping us get this yard cleared and graded. Along with Rouse, we have a crew of regular volunteers who have working alongside our staff to renovate this house.

Rotary Club of Pittsboro

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Pittsboro for volunteering through United Way of Chatham County's Day of Service. This crew spent a day painting and staining at Jeremiah Drive. The Rotary motto is "service above self" and this group truly exemplified that principle. 

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We owe an extra special thank you to our construction staff. Harvey, Walt, Efrain, and Doug are on site every day, leading volunteers and doing all the less glamorous jobs to make sure these houses get finished. We might not have a big group photo of you, but there's no way we could have built this house without you.

Thank you.

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