Employees at Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic are coming together to help build a home for one of their own. Construction begins Oct. 28 on a Habitat for Humanity house that will be owned by Raven Bowers, a KOC nurse and mother of four.
“My mother encouraged me to go into healthcare. She told me that if I treated all my patients like they were my grandmother, I’d always have a job,” Bowers said.
She started her career as a CNA (certified nursing assistant) in a local nursing home, and then went back to school to become an LPN (licensed practical nurse).
“I love caring for patients at KOC. My job is so interesting, and my work hours now are easier to manage with my kids’ schedules,” Bowers said.
Bowers is the primary nurse for Dr. Luke Madigan, a spine surgeon at KOC.
“Raven is so dedicated to her job, and our patients love her,” Dr. Madigan said. “She has worked really hard for this opportunity to own her own home, and we’re excited to have a hand in building it with her.”
Dozens of Bowers’ KOC co-workers will be volunteering alongside her during the home’s Blitz Day, which involves starting with a concrete slab, building the exterior walls, setting the trusses and decking the roof. To begin building her home, Bowers has invested 500 hours of sweat equity. That time is spent taking classes through Knoxville Habitat for Humanity’s homeowner education program and volunteering.
“When we found out Raven would be working toward her very own home, we couldn’t wait to help out,” said Debbie Cooper, KOC’s head of nursing. “Our employees have been extremely supportive. Raven really deserves this.”
The Bowers family is hoping to move into their new home sometime in January.
“I’m so excited for my children to have a backyard to play in and their own rooms,” Bowers said. “My kids can’t play outside where we live now.”
Bowers has worked hard to build and purchase her Knoxville Habitat home, but she will quickly tell you that her kids worked hard for it too. “I told them, just let me get out of nursing school and we’re going to work at getting a home.”
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