Mike Stevens spent his early days of home building repairing Methodist camps across the country and raising money to lead volunteer groups to build homes in Nicaragua. He played an integral role in building Knoxville’s branch of Habitat for Humanity from the ground up.
This focus on community involvement has only grown stronger through the years. Beginning in 2011, Mike Stevens Homes teamed up with WBIR Channel 10 to complete the Labor of Love project. Working tirelessly, the team transformed the homes of The Love Kitchen twins, Helen Ashe and Ellen Turner. This project was such a success they decided to undertake a second project, The Sertoma Center. This time the team built a duplex for the Sertoma Center’s Residential Habilitation and Supported Living Program, providing beautifully decorated and handicapped accessible housing for members of the program.
WBIR partnered with the Sertoma Center for a Labor of Love project that involved building a handicapped accessible duplex for people with disabilities. The project benefited people who are served by the Sertoma Center.
Volunteers came out to help with light construction tasks and to work hospitality areas for other workers. Many of the volunteers were needed to help "Raise the Roof" and put a 4,000 square foot duplex under a roof by the end of the day.
"We're going to put a roof on, we're going to put siding on," said Mike Stevens, a Labor of Love builder. "We have the HVAC system. We're really reaching out to the community that does this for a living to come out and help us out over the next three months."
The Home Builders Association of Knoxville and the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors were also partners in the effort.
Habitat for Humanity
WBIR Airs the Reveal of New Home to One of the Love Kitchen Sisters
Helen's home was revealed live on-air through WBIR. This is such a momentous occasion, and we're so thankful to have been a part of bringing such happiness to these women.
Many big names were involved in this process and in attendance at the big reveal including Gov. Bill Haslam and Mike Stevens the president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville.