Question 1: How long have you been involved with Habitat, and what got you interested in the organization?
Less than 1 year, but I have a passion for service!
Question 2: Do you get involved in builds personally? If so, what do you like working on?
No but I am trying to work behind the scenes with staff to build social capital networks that will hopefully build additional community capital particularly financial that will assist with new builds or renovation projects.
Question 3: Habitat has been around a long time, but people sometimes have misconceptions. What is a myth that you'd like to correct about the program?
That homes are free and that occupants will not be good homeowners. Habitat clients must go through an extensive homeowner education (including financial) in order to qualify. Clients also must be financially eligible and stable to qualify for a home loan through the organization.
Question 4: Do you have any personal stories of interactions with clients that keep you motivated about the mission?
No. I usually don't interact directly with clients. I became interested in the mission of the organization due to my prior research of Habitat in Cincinnati where I had the opportunity to interview both clients and staff. The dedication of the staff and the gratitude of the clients and communities in the organization improving quality of life is what I really connected with.
Question 5: What do you do in your professional life before Habitat, and how is did that draw you here?
I was a practicing urban planner and community development professional. Today my research interests center on nonprofits, housing, and community development related issues.