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From Our Executive Director: What A Year!

2014: What a Year!

Today's blog post comes to you from our Executive Director, Dwayne Spencer.

In just a few short hours, we’ll say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015. The past year has been a busy one at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis and the Memphis ReStore, and 2015 promises just as many amazing projects and opportunities.

I want to thank you for your support and prayers this past year. Because of YOU, 18 more families are spending this holiday season in homes they own, and the 19 low-income Uptown homeowners served by our critical repair program now have homes that will be warm and dry for the winter months.

Here are some highlights from 2014:

  • We hosted not one but two Valero Memphis Refinery Tool Box Bash events this year netting around $100,000 in combined proceeds. The most recent Tool Box Bash on Dec. 5 netted $55,000, the most ever!
  • Our house-building partners made our Spring and Fall building seasons possible, along with some additional special projects throughout the year, such as two beautification projects with ServiceMaster. Visit our Facebook page to revisit photos from the year!
  • More than 560 FedEx volunteers worked with Memphis Habitat and the Memphis ReStore this year as part of their annual build and FedEx Cares Week.
  • The Memphis ReStore turned 3 and surpassed the $1 million sales mark, ending our fiscal year in June as its most successful yet. And, we're on pace to break that record for this fiscal year.
  • Lowe’s provided a grant this fall to help us build new homes, beautify existing properties AND demolish a vacant, condemned home. It was a great day!
  • HOME TEAM HUDDLE raised $13,000 for Memphis Habitat with HUDDLES in homes around the city and at Cargill Cotton! The 2015 MX Performance Group HUDDLE is just around the corner, so register your party today.
  • Wells Fargo provided an UrbanLIFT grant to support façade renovations and mural installations on three Uptown businesses, as well as decorative bike racks.
  • And last but certainly not least…in December, our Aging in Place initiative was announced.

What we accomplished TOGETHER in 2014 is nothing short of remarkable. Much work remains ahead as we continue to serve families in need via our homebuying and critical repair programs in Uptown and as we ready the March launch of our milestone Aging in Place program with Service Over Self (SOS) and MLGW. We need your support to make these efforts a success.

Before you prepare to ring in the New Year, I hope you’ll consider making an end-of-year donation to Memphis Habitat. Your gift will help us continue our mission of building homes, communities and hope in the coming year.

In partnership,


Dwayne Spencer

Posted by Jessica Hord at 11:16 AM
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