“Earl” (named changed to protect his privacy) visited the soup kitchen on the day I volunteered to prep and serve food. Trays are counted to track the number of hungry folks who came through for a fresh, hot meal. Some come through the line for another serving or two, because they may not have another meal until the next day or longer, if they are just passing through town. Earl has been coming in routinely for a few months. He is friendly, full of conversation, and shares his smile and gratitude with everyone he meets. Earl reminded me that joy is found within, and that joy can be contagious when freely shared with others…no matter the current status of doing with or doing without. Joy can be shared within a few moments of going through a line.
Domestic violence is rampant in Kentucky. A study published by the Centers for Disease Control finds the lifetime prevalence of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking of Kentucky women by an intimate partner to be the 11th highest in the nation.
Capacity building and innovation are necessary for nonprofits to not only effectively deliver their mission now, but to effectively continue doing so in the future. The social challenges we face are ever changing and funding opportunities are growing fewer and farther between. Nonprofits must strive to improve their offerings and test innovative solutions to meet the growing needs of their communities or risk being left behind. As a backbone institution, Fahe deploys transformative resources and expertise to the nonprofits that make up our Membership Network which spans across six states, including the Appalachian portion of Kentucky. By ensuring these organizations have access to the resources they need to thrive, we are also helping our communities thrive.
Over its history, Housing Partnership, Inc. (HPI), has leveraged over $830 million into affordable housing in the Louisville region and served thousands of families with services ranging from housing counseling to homeownership assistance and developing and managing affordable rental housing, including projects targeted to special needs populations through creative strategies. HPI accomplishes its work both directly—developing and managing many of its own projects—and through partnerships with other nonprofit and community-based organizations.
Since this post is about Fair Housing Month and the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, it seems obligatory to make a statement about how far we have come, but how much work remains to be done. On the other hand, if you have been driving on the road for a long time, and you still have a long way to go, it bears asking the question if you are on the right road.