Here we are, in a new year, filled with new possibilities, but we can’t move forward without taking a moment to look back at the
past year. And what a year it was!
Last August we had the honor of hosting a former President and First Lady, a couple of country music stars, and hundreds of volunteers from across North America during Habitat’s weeklong Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. And in the months that followed, we worked together to finish 21 homes in the Bearwater Park neighborhood. You made all that happen.
I am amazed at what we’ve accomplished together. And I’m thankful for our successes and for the opportunity to continue this important work that is so close to my heart. I grew up in a rickety little house in Somerville where the conditions were not just uncomfortable; they were harmful. They were harmful to my physical health, as it was often hard for me to breathe, and to my emotional health, as I was ashamed to invite friends over. While my grandmother, mother and aunt filled that little house with love, we all know the fire that burned down the house when I was 16 actually saved us from continuing on in those conditions.
Because of this experience, my passion for this cause runs deep and I believe every child, every person deserves a decent and affordable place to live, and it is my professional and personal mission to make that possible for more Mid-Southerners.
What we have achieved together is nothing short of remarkable, and I know our most impactful years are still to come. The Memphis Habitat board, staff and I are excited about 2017 and are ready to embrace the work ahead to help more families build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. I hope you will join us.
President & CEO
P.S. If you’d like to learn more about my path to Habitat, please visit http://memphishabitat.com/dwaynesstory.
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