Habitat for Humanity partners with Eaton to build home for Sanderson family

Friday, August 11, 2017
Pictured above, Amy Sanderson is seen with members of Habitat for Humanity and Eaton-Newbern. (Front row) Amy Sanderson / homeowner; (2nd row) left to right: Rachel Craig and 3rd-shift operator Tony Veatch, Habitat board members, Controller Susan Ries, Plant Manager Jason Bush, and HR Supervisor Tom Dyer all from Eaton; (back row) left to right: John Densford and Robert Craig, Habitat board members, Master Scheduler Barry Farley from Eaton, Kim Peckenpaugh, Habitat Board president, David Tinkle, Habitat board member, EHS Manager Robert Gamble of Eaton.

Eaton is proud to support Habitat for Humanity in Northwest Tennessee. Our Community Involvement team has supported building shelters for several years and is proud to be a primary sponsor for the Sanderson family’s new home here in Newbern.

At Eaton, we are committed to making our communities stronger and we want to thank Habitat for Humanity in Northwest Tennessee for the opportunity to give back.

Eaton’s Newbern facility employees approximately 100 employees and manufactures industrial, hydraulic and specialty hose.

Amy Sanderson heard about Habitat for Humanity’s housing ministry from a friend and decided to apply in the hopes to get a permanent residence, and a home that would be handicapped accessible for her son, Jonathon.

Jonathon, now 20 years old, had a tumor removed from his brain when he was 10 months old, which resulted in a bleed on the brain. He requires 24-hour care, and has 72 hours of nursing care a week.

This nursing care allows Amy to work part-time with the Dyer County and Dyersburg City School Systems. The home being handicapped accessible will make day-to-day life so much easier for Amy and the nursing staff.

Plus, Jonathon will have better mobility around the house. Amy wrote this about being approved as a Habitat homeowner: “I give God all the glory for this new home for Jonathon and I. May God bless the people who will volunteer their time in helping build this house for us. Thank you to the community, the churches, the businesses that gave their time, talent, and money to help build our home.”

Volunteers are welcome to join this build any Saturday. Construction is from 7 a.m. – 8 a.m., and ends at lunchtime. If you have a large group that would like to volunteer, please contact the office to let us know so that we can make arrangements for that date. (Volunteers must be at least 18 to be on site.) The office number is 731-287-7600; Mary Claire Hopper, director.

You may be eligible for a Habitat home if you meet the following guidelines:

You have a Need, Ability to Pay, and Willingness to Partner.


1. You live in Dyer County, Tennessee. Your present housing is sub-standard: overcrowded, unsafe, unsanitary.

2. You have a steady income of at least $12,060 a year.

3. Your total annual family income MAY NOT BE MORE than the following for a family of:

(1) $28,950 (4) $41,300

(2) $33,050 (5) $44,650

(3) $37,200 (6) $47,950

Applicants must pass a financial credit check and criminal background check to move forward with the application process.

4. Your present home must show a concern for cleanliness, which will indicate your willingness to maintain a Habitat home.

5. You are willing to work Saturdays or as your work schedule permits, to fulfill your 300 'Sweat-Equity' hours.

6. You will have at least $1500 for your down payment, closing costs, and utility hook up fees at the closing of your new home.