DENVER – Davidson resident Terry Laney is already leading change seven weeks into his new role as executive director of Lincoln County Habitat for Humanity.

Laney said his mission is to end poverty housing in Lincoln County and turn the focus more on families than just building houses.

“I get drained on negativity and I am full of passion,” Laney said. “I bring that attitude that we’re going to go out there and we're going to do it.”

Laney left his position as executive director for Cornelius-based Our Towns Habitat for Humanity in 2013 to pursue his dreams of joining Habitat International. However, the timing wasn’t right. He worked on a couple international projects while waiting for the opening he needed but returned home in May.

He remembers seeing the job opening in a copy of The Herald Weekly. He felt like this was a sign.

“In seven weeks, we have come so far,” Laney said. “I am pumped about this.”

In his first two weeks as executive director, he put together a committee to sort through the many applications that Habitat receives. He brought in an expert from another affiliate to train his committee.

Laney is about to embark on his first big project as the new director – a neighborhood revitalization initiative in Lincolnton. Habitat will build some new houses but volunteers will also make a lot of home repairs to maintain and upgrade the neighborhood. 

Laney is also looking to open a ReStore in Denver.

“I know a lot of people from Denver who supported Our Towns,” Laney said. “I want to bring them back home.”


Our Towns Habitat dedicates home

HUNTERSVILLE – Our Towns Habitat for Humanity recently dedicated a home to Ishemia Sherrill and her children, Aaliyah and Ali.

The home, located at 12002 Titan Ave., marked the 10th Habitat house built in the Norman Park community, where 16 more homes are underway.

Sherrill earned a no-interest mortgage on the home.

She attended eight classes that included topics on personal finances, budgeting and home maintenance. She also invested more than 400 hours in sweat equity, working with volunteers to build the home.

Ascension Benefits & Insurance Solutions sponsored the home, donating money and volunteer hours to build it.