Habitat for Humanity ReStore
A professional photographer in Nashville, Tennessee, Benjamin (Ben) Perlin shoots with traditional film cameras and utilizes advanced darkroom techniques to achieve specific effects in his work. In addition to his photography, Benjamin Perlin volunteers at a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, where he unloads and sorts donations and assists customers.
Habitat for Humanity ReStores play a vital role in Habitat for Humanity’s mission to make affordable, safe housing accessible for all. ReStores are home improvement stores and donation centers that offer a variety of new and used home goods, building materials, and home improvement items, all well below retail prices. Building materials and furniture are donated by contractors renovating homes, and the general public is also welcome to donate unwanted home goods and appliances. The proceeds from ReStores fund new builds and renovation projects through Habitat for Humanity efforts around the world. For more information or to find a local ReStore, visit www.habitat.org.
Nashville resident Benjamin “Ben” Perlin divides his time between professional pursuits and his activities supporting various charities. In addition to volunteering at the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Murfreesboro, Benjamin Perlin donates his time and resources to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville.
Like other local Habitat organizations throughout the country, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville oversees a variety of initiatives to create affordable housing for working families. Through its homeownership program, the group makes owning a home a reality for low-income individuals and families in the Tennessee counties of Davidson, Cheatham, Dickson, and Wilson.
To qualify for the program, applicants must meet residency and US citizenship requirements and pass a criminal background check. Applicants must also demonstrate a need for housing and provide an income and debt-payment history to show that they have the ability to pay back an interest-free home loan. The program provides three- and four-bedroom homes for a monthly mortgage payment that will not exceed 30 percent of the homeowner’s monthly income.
Those who qualify to receive a home must also agree to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville. Habitat calls the volunteer time “sweat equity,” and it can be directed toward building one’s own home and/or that of another Habitat family. Volunteer hours can also be spent in a Habitat ReStore. For more information about owning a home through Habitat for Humanity, visit www.habitatnashville.org/ownership.
Home Repair Program
Benjamin (Ben) Perlin is a traditional film photographer with a passion for capturing scenes that capture his interest and imagination. A volunteer in the Nashville community where he lives, Benjamin Perlin works with Habitat for Humanity and has engaged with the local Restore retail center selling used furnishings and building materials.
Throughout Tennessee, Habitat for Humanity has helped build and rebuild many communities. In Holston, Habitat for Humanity recently launched a dedicated home repair program. The program helps homeowners who are unable to cover the entire expense associated with external repairs such as roof replacement, disability ramp installation, or siding painting.
Though the program, owners of single-family dwellings obtain access to dedicated repair funds, a portion of which is provided as no-interest loans. Applicants from throughout Sullivan, Carter, and Washington Counties on the Tennessee-Virginia border are encouraged to apply with Holston Habitat by the end of November. Following in-person visits to applicants’ residences, a dozen recipients will be selected and repair projects will commence as winter arrives.
Photographer Benjamin Perlin is an active volunteer in various charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. During his free time, Benjamin “Ben” Perlin enjoys reading the works of Kurt Vonnegut.
American author Kurt Vonnegut is most famous for his bestselling satirical novel Slaughterhouse-Five, which was released in 1969. In his career, which lasted more than five decades, Vonnegut was able to publish a number of works in different genres, including 14 novels and five plays. One of his plays, Happy Birthday, Wanda June, was adapted into an opera that recently premiered at the Indianapolis Opera.
Written in 1970, Happy Birthday, Wanda June served as Vonnegut’s introduction into playwriting and is his only play published during his lifetime. Although the play was adapted into a Broadway musical in 1970 and a film in 1971, Vonnegut felt that the character of the villains would best be amplified in an opera.
In 2007, just weeks before his death, Vonnegut started collaborating with composer Richard Auldon Clark on the libretto. The September 2016 staging of the opera coincided with the 200th anniversary of the state of Indiana and was endorsed as a legacy project by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.