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Nonprofit Profile of HouseProud Atlanta

Nonprofit Profiles –  From the Desk of:  HouseProud

I conduct a series called ‘From the Desk of:  Atlanta Nonprofit Leaders’.  This endeavor is a series of interviews of Executive Directors, Head of Schools and CEOs of local nonprofit organizations.   My Nonprofit Profiles blog posts highlight the most outstanding feature of each leader and his/her organization.  Here are their stories…

“The Dedication of a Leader”
 

 Who:

Lisa Jones, the Executive Director (ED) of HouseProud Atlanta.

What/Mission:

HouseProud provides no-cost home repairs to keep low-income senior and/or disabled homeowners warm, safe and dry. HouseProud partners with existing community organizations to enable the homeowner to age in place and engage with their neighborhood.

Where:    www.houseproudatlanta.org

Winner:

Lisa Jones’ qualities as the ED of HouseProud Atlanta are completely in line with the values of her organization.  She focuses on community engagement, accountability, customer service and integrity in all that she does.   Lisa has been with HouseProud since 2004 when it was a program of the Atlanta Community Tool Bank.  HouseProud became its own 501 (c) 3 in 2011 and Lisa transitioned into the role of ED of this newly formed nonprofit organization.  I found Lisa to be as proud of the organization’s development as a mother is to her child.

Why:

HouseProud Atlanta serves not only a neighborhood, but a community.  They have become part of that community.  HouseProud believes in the right to live in comfort and safety in your own home at any age or any income level.   As stated on their website, while there are organizations that provide houses for new homeowners, many senior homeowners in low-income communities do not want or need a new house.  They prefer instead to maintain the house they have lived in for years.  HouseProud’s assistance allows these homeowners to maintain their life-long investments in their dwellings and communities.

Two of my good friends serve on the board of HouseProud.  They have told me many wonderful things about the organization and its Executive Director.   When I began interviews for the ‘From the Desk of’ series, I was very happy to have the personal introduction to meet Lisa.

When I initially met Lisa, she helped fill in the blanks where I did not know facts and figures about HouseProud.  What struck me was the love with which Lisa shared the information.  Lisa shared HouseProud’s birth and development in a way that told me she had a special relationship with ensuring the success of this organization.  I was not hearing statistics, but a story of how this organization passionately and personally continues to strive to assist their target market.

Lisa has a passion, determination and warmth in her eyes when she speaks about her organization’s work.  I also saw and felt this when Lisa told me about the people that they cannot serve which led her to create a group of executive directors such as herself to collaborate for solutions.  Lisa now meets regularly with this group to determine which organizations cover target communities who need their help as well as sharing resources to support each other in their missions.  When other like-minded companies and organizations are competing against each other, Lisa has brought together this group to work for the greater good.

Lisa is smart, knowledgeable and resourceful and still continues to seek out information that will further develop herself and her organization.    She has partnered with various resources and consultants and has used tools (no pun intended), such as United Way’s VIP program and Sales Force, to build her organization.  An executive director who dedicates her strengths to the betterment of her organization, their target market and beyond is a Winner in my book!

To learn more about HouseProud Atlanta, please check them out at http://www.houseproudatlanta.org/.

 

Photo credit to: Microsoft Office Clip Art

 

 

Jeanne Ward is a Consultant and Personal Strategist who brings her knowledge of psychology, strategy and personal fulfillment to her current work. Jeanne started her career by helping mentally ill inmates to ‘get their lives back on track’ as they integrated back into society from jail in NYC. She leveraged this experience with a Social Work degree to manage teams who were supporting people trying to move back into the workforce. She later lived in Atlanta, GA and Frankfurt, Germany where she began consulting with nonprofit organizations to guide them on their strategy, volunteer development, and organizational development as well as to support the development of their leaders and board of directors. After the jolt of a divorce, Jeanne found herself doing a lot of soul-searching. Digging deep, she arrived at a new-found appreciation for herself and the world around her. This journey taught her that when we start with improving ourselves, the benefits multiply. Jeanne realized that her strengths of strategic thinking, relationship building, and implementation planning could be combined into her ongoing passion of personal leadership. Hence, her personal strategy work was born. Jeanne helps men and women between the ages of 35 and 55 who are fed up with their corporate jobs to create fulfilling professional and personal lives through the development of a personal strategic plan. This work ensures that her clients identify their professional and personal goals as well as create a plan to make those goals a reality. Jeanne is also the Executive Director of the Atlanta Road Trotters Kid’s Running Club, a nonprofit organization that provides a platform for children to build a foundation of running health and fitness which leads to a better connection to the organized running community as well as a strong foundation of Discipline, Self-Esteem, Respect and Team Work. She has also co-authored a workbook on networking, founded and organized the National Association of Social Workers-Georgia-sponsored ‘Social Service Career Network’ and organized a summit for the National Alliance for Mentally Ill attended by over 100 organizations from 6 Atlanta counties. Previously, she sat on the board of NASW GA as their Secretary as well as on the board of NAMI GA/DeKalb as their Co-President, was a senior consultant for the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and helped to run a capital campaign for an independent school. Jeanne has an MSW from Hunter School of Social Work (City University of New York), an MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York) and a BA in Psychology from Emory University. Jeanne lives in Atlanta with her ten-year-old son.

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