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.
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.
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.
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
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.