Growing up, Snow knew early in life that she wanted to serve others. When she was 8 years old, her grandmother took her to visit shut-ins and help those in need. It was through those experiences that Snow decided she wanted to become a nurse. After serving as a nurse for over 30 years, she says she still enjoys the work as much now as when she first started. “I enjoy the one on one interaction with my patients,” she says. “I particularly like working with my Alzheimer’s patients.”
Snow’s nursing background has also served her and her husband well. Many years ago, Tony was critically injured and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Snow has served as her husband’s caregiver ever since. It was through that life-changing event that the Snowden’s became involved with Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County.
One of Tony’s dreams had been to take a helicopter ride, and as a result of his severe injury, he was connected with the Make A Wish Foundation to make that dream come true. After his wish was granted, Tony and Snow decided Snow’s dream should be next – and that dream was to own a home.
They were connected with Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County through one of its board members. After completing the paperwork, volunteer hours and other requirements to participate in the Habitat program, work began on the Snowden’s home. “Our house was built in 7 days!” Snow remarked. “I couldn’t believe they could get it done so quickly.” The Snowdens consider the house a blessing. It is ADA accessible and allows Snow to care for her husband.
Their house was sponsored by First Baptist Church and the Snowden’s remain grateful to everyone who helped them achieve their dream of homeownership. “I have something that’s mine for a long time,” she says. “It’s nice to come home to a house and not an apartment.” After living in their house for 12 years now, the Snowdens are ready to make a few renovations. Snow has plans to redo their kitchen and put in a new shower for Tony.
“If you have a dream like I did – you should go for it,” she says. “Habitat is great.” Through the process of building their home, Snow said she met great people and made new friends. “I was looking for a hand up, not a handout. That’s what Habitat gave me!”