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December 30, 2013

Richmond Habitat homeowner recognized in President Carter feature

RICHMOND — Editor Shala Carlson of “Habitat World,” the magazine of Habitat for Humanity International, said the story of Richmond Habitat homeowner Rossetta Trammel, 63, was among her favorites.

To represent 1997 in “Habitat World’s” celebration of 30 years building with President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn, Trammel was chosen to share her memories of the building of her home at 303 Douglas Court.

“That year’s build ― known throughout our organization as ‘Hammering in the Hills’― remains an impressive achievement, and we’ve happily followed the good work this affiliate continues to accomplish in Kentucky,” Carlson said.

While 50-plus houses were built during the Carter Work Project week itself, the magazine stated, the event was the catalyst for the construction of 150 new homes throughout Kentucky and Tennessee.

Trammel’s home was one of six built in Madison County in 1997, three in Richmond and three in Berea, she said outside of her home on Monday.

Hers was the 15th home built by Habitat for Humanity of Clark & Madison Counties. The affiliate dedicated its 99th home in October.

Trammel pointed out the other Habitat homes on her block that form a L-shape around her own. One home was built by only women, she said, while another house located one street over was constructed by only college students.

“I tell everyone, my house is lived-in, my house is God-given, I try to have much love in my house and my door is always open,” she said.

Trammel was the only person in her family to meet a president she said, recalling how President Carter shook her hand and went to work wherever he was needed.

“I finally shook hands with a celebrity who was doing something,” she said. “Nobody had to be a senator or a senator’s granddaughter — we’re just regular people he passed blessings along to.”

During the build, several volunteers crafted a picnic table on which everyone signed their name, including President Carter and his wife. Then Governor Paul Patton’s signature can be seen on the table as well.

To preserve the signatures, Trammel had the table shellacked and it now sits safely covered in her basement. She said she plans to bring the table out this summer for her family to enjoy.

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