Welcome to our inaugural annual event, Our City, Our Story. Based on MIFA's founding values and the issues addressed by its programs, the event is designed to inspire, foster unity, and forge community conversation.
For this year’s Our City, Our Story, MIFA is offering our community an opportunity to explore the realities of homelessness through a series of three events culminating in September. It will highlight award-winning author and life-changing advocate for the homeless Kathy Izard of Charlotte, North Carolina.
In a shared reading experience, Memphis opens the same book and closes it in greater harmony using Kathy Izard’s inspirational book The Hundred Story Home - A Memoir about Finding Faith in Ourselves and Something Bigger.
Register here to join the Community-Wide Read and receive updates on events.
Purchase the book for a 10% discount from novel. bookstore at 387 Perkins Extended in the Laurelwood Shopping Center. Or, borrow from Memphis Public Libraries.
The Hundred Story Home captures Kathy Izard's search for purpose and how a combination of doubt, faith, and doing the right thing led to something extraordinary.
Author, Kathy Izard, owned a graphic design business and volunteered at the community soup kitchen, but she still felt unfulfilled. When a formerly homeless man pointed out that what they really need is a home, Kathy realized her calling and closed her design business in two months. She joined the staff of the Urban Ministry Center and developed Charlotte’s only Housing First program for the chronically homeless.
Click here for The Hundred Story Home toolkit for individuals, book clubs, and other groups designed to enhance the reading experience, learn more about homelessness in our community, and ways you can help.
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Tuesday, September 10 at 6 p.m.
Second Baptist Church, 4680 Walnut Grove Road
Join MIFA and Second Baptist Church for a public forum, featuring Charlotte, North Carolina advocate for the homeless Kathy Izard and a panel of local experts. Offering a variety of perspectives, the panel will share insight on the challenges, causes, and solutions to the issue.
Free and open to the public, ticket required. Please click here to reserve tickets.
Chere Bradshaw, executive director of Memphis and Shelby County Community Alliance for the Homeless
Reverend Lisa Anderson, director of Room in the Inn-Memphis
Paul A. Young, director of the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development
Linda Mosley, a client in MIFA’s Rapid Rehousing program, which helps homeless families obtain permanent stable housing
Dr. Stephen Cook, senior pastor of Second Baptist Church
Wednesday, September 11 at noon
Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Avenue
Click here to purchase tickets.
At this luncheon benefiting MIFA, Izard will share her journey of personal and community transformation that began with a question, "Where are the beds?" and ended with over one hundred formerly homeless people living in homes of their own.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for all associated Our City, Our Story events. Please email Angela Bledsoe or give her a call at 901-529-4571.