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Allen Named Director for Cheatham Division Habitat for Humanity

C. Michael Allen 2Charles Michael Allen has been named the Director of the Cheatham Division of Habitat for Humanity according to Danny Herron, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville. Allen assumed his duties in July.

Allen joins Habitat with nearly fifteen years of experience in nonprofit management. He was formerly an Account Manager and Director of Labor Participation with United Way of Nashville. While there, he oversaw a client portfolio of $1.7 million and assisted in client account management and development for more than 50 companies. He also assisted with client planning and execution of year-round educational programs.

Allen’s responsibilities for Cheatham Habitat include fund raising, client relations, overseeing family services and volunteer management, and creating public awareness for the mission of Habitat for Humanity in Cheatham County.

“We are very excited to have someone with Michael’s background in community outreach and experience developing community awareness and giving to help more low income families achieve affordable housing,” said Ralph Knauss, chief operating officer of Habitat of Greater Nashville. “The need for affordable housing continues to grow in Middle Tennessee.”

In addition to his work at United Way, Allen has experience serving the community through his involvement on several committees including Leadership Nashville, Civil Service Commission and Nashville Central Labor Council.

The Cheatham Habitat dedicated a home for Rena Ewing in June. Ewing worked as a nurse for more than 22 years before an illness left her disabled. She is the mother of two children as well as a grandmother. In 2011, Habitat built a home for flood victim Rose Shearon, and then in 2012 built a home for Susan Leonard, who suffered a stroke in 2009.

Cheatham Division of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville is an ecumenical Christian ministry that provides the life-changing opportunity for people to purchase and own quality, affordable homes. Prior to becoming homeowners, Habitat partner families attend home education classes, work at the build site, and volunteer at Habitat’s retail outlet, the ReStore. Dedicated Habitat volunteers from the Dickson Division teamed up with the Cheatham Long Term Recovery Committee to help residents after the devastating floods of 2010 and the Cheatham Division of Habitat for Humanity officially opened that year. To request an application or to receive more information about the Cheatham Habitat, call 615-973-6732 or visit

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