If you’ve ever been to the Restore, you’ve probably seen this welcoming smile at the register. The woman behind the smile is Mary and she is one of our most loyal volunteers. Mary has been a volunteer at the Habitat Restore since it started back in 2004. She had just moved to Kannapolis as a travel nurse and knew nearly no one.
Shirley came to Habitat Cabarrus in 2007 with 29 years of experience as an educator with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. During her tenure, her role with CMS changed from the classroom to Family Advocate/Educator. Although she loved working with families, she had no way of following up with them after the school year ended. She wanted to make a lasting impact on families and to be able to see the success achieved through strategic partnerships. Her passion for education and the well-being of the entire family led her to Habitat.
There are many misconceptions about Habitat for Humanity and the work we do. Some people think we give houses away. Others may think that Habitat’s work is done only in the U.S. when in fact Habitat for Humanity operates in nearly 70 countries around the globe. The problem in most of these countries is having the funding required to do the work they need to do. In order to help fund Habitat’s work overseas, each U.S. affiliate is asked to tithe a portion of their funding to help fund work in other countries.