Our City, Our Story

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.

This year, we explored the realities of homelessness with a community-wide reading of The Hundred Story Home by award-winning author and life-changing advocate for the homeless, Kathy Izard of Charlotte, North Carolina. In September, we partnered with Second Baptist Church, Kathy, and a panel of local experts to talk about the challenges, causes and solutions to ending homelessness in our own community. We ended our three part series of events with a benefit luncheon where Kathy shared her story 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.


Click here to see more pictures from these inspiring events!

Community-Wide Read 

The Hundred Story Home by Kathy Izard

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

You can 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.

About the book  

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--building permanent housing for the homeless in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. 

The Hundred Story Home Reading Toolkit

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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Homelessness Here & Now

Public Forum

Tuesday, September 10 at 6 p.m.
Second Baptist Church, 4680 Walnut Grove Road

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

Do Good, Love Well Luncheon

Wednesday, September 11 at noon
Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Avenue
Cost:  $50
Click here to purchase tickets.

Thanks to the following who made Our City, Our Story possible:

Ellen and BJ Losch
Jeff & Laurie Meskin
State Systems, Inc.
Burroughs Foundation
Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Pfizer Inc.
Trustmark Bank
United Parcel Service
Dorothy & Herb Wells


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