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Winter 2016 Blueprint


Dear friends,

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.

Dwayne at age 4.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.

In partnership,

Dwayne Spencer
President & CEO


P.S. If you’d like to learn more about my path to Habitat, please visit