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Clayton Home Building Group Sponsors Knoxville Habitat for Humanity's Inaugural Playhouse Build

TRU Halls team members build new playhouse for Knoxville couple and their children

December 12, 2018

MARYVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Clayton Home Building Group®, a division of Clayton and a Berkshire Hathaway company, recently partnered with Knoxville Habitat for Humanity to launch their inaugural Playhouse Build and donated a playhouse to a local family.

Over 30 team members from Clayton's TRU® Halls home building facility volunteered on Nov. 17 for the weekend Playhouse Build for new Clayton homeowners, the Glenn family. The construction was part of the Knoxville Habitat Playhouse Build, which is a collaborative effort of local corporations, the Knoxville community and volunteers to build and donate playhouses to local families or organizations. The Clayton Built® playhouse was the first constructed for the organization's Knoxville affiliate.


"The Knoxville Habitat Playhouse Build is an excellent way to bless a family or group of children of the sponsor's choice, while also helping the hardworking families in our program," said Knoxville Habitat for Humanity President/CEO, Kelle Shultz. "Like Knoxville Habitat, Clayton understands the importance of homeownership, and we are grateful for their generous support and teamwork that made our first Playhouse Build so successful."

Corporate sponsors donate monetarily to participate in the Playhouse Build Program, which raises funds and awareness to support Knoxville Habitat for Humanity's main focus of helping local families in need of affordable housing. The organization also partnered with Knox County Schools to build kits for the playhouses. Gibbs High School students built the TRU® Halls playhouse kit.

"Partnering with Knoxville Habitat for Humanity on their first Playhouse Build event was very special for our team," said TRU® Halls Plant Manager, Blake Ryman. "We are fortunate to sponsor a great organization that shares our commitment to providing affordable, quality homeownership."

Once the playhouse was completed, Clayton team members and the Glenn family gathered at the TRU® Halls home building facility for the playhouse reveal and dedication. The Glenn family recently purchased a TRU® home built in the home building facility by the team members in attendance.

"We donated the playhouse to a local family who recently purchased a home that we built in our facility," said Ryman. "It definitely put a smile on everyone's face when we surprised the kids with their new playhouse as they moved into their new home. It means so much to our builders to meet the real families they are constructing these homes for – it really puts things into an important perspective."

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About Clayton
Founded in 1956, Clayton is committed to opening doors to a better life and building happyness® through homeownership. As a diverse builder committed to quality and durability, Clayton offers traditional site-built homes and off-site built housing – including modular homes, manufactured homes, CrossMod® homes, tiny homes, college dormitories, military barracks and apartments. All Clayton Built® homes are proudly designed and constructed in America. In 2022, Clayton built 62,620 homes across the country. Clayton is a Berkshire Hathaway company. For more information, visit
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Knoxville Habitat for Humanity is an independent, non-profit, Christian housing ministry that partners with people of all beliefs. Knoxville Habitat has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1985 and builds decent and affordable homes in partnership with people in need.

Families are very much invested in the process of buying their new homes, and they pay mortgages like anyone with a traditional home loan. In addition to their mortgage, each family must contribute 500 hours of sweat equity as a down payment before they can move in, most of which are spent in classes learning how to budget and become a responsible homeowner. Volunteers and future homeowners provide the labor in building the homes, while tax-deductible donations of money, land and materials are provided by individuals, organizations and corporations. Knoxville Habitat has built more than 560 homes in Knox County.