Stacey Odom-Driggers, who has served as Executive Director of Flint River Habitat for Humanity in Albany, Ga., and worked in affiliate support at Habitat for Humanity International, has joined The Fuller Center for Housing to lead the development of U.S, covenant partners.
“We’re very excited to have Stacey Odom-Driggers join the leadership team here at The Fuller Center for Housing,” Fuller Center President David Snell said. “Stacey’s many years of experience as an affiliate executive director and more recently working directly with Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country gives her the skills we need to develop our U.S. Covenant Partner network. Millard always said that our three most important tasks are raising awareness, raising money and nurturing our local organizations.”
Not only does Odom-Driggers have much experience in helping families obtain simple, decent and affordable housing, but she also has experienced the struggle of trying to find decent housing herself in her younger days and can empathize with those she longs to help.
“It’s personal for me,” she said. “I had a lot of help and a lot of people help me throughout my younger years. One of my favorite things from doing this over the past 14 years has been each family — seeing each family come out of the circumstances they were in, seeing kids having their own bedroom for the first time.”
Like many people who met Fuller Center founder Millard Fuller, she recalls how he remembered her name after just one meeting and made her feel appreciated.
“It wasn’t just me; he did that for everybody,” she said. “I want all the covenant partners, all over, to know that all their work is appreciated.”
Joining The Fuller Center, she said, is a way to get back to the roots of the affordable housing movement and be closer to the partner families.
“I love the grass-roots feel of it and the fact that it’s still mostly volunteers out there doing the work,” she said. “Like everybody else that has this bug that Millard throws your way, it just seemed like the next natural step. This is the work I love. I want to use the experience and what I’ve learned to continue helping families. There’s just no better feeling.”
Odom-Driggers officially begins work today, June 16. Covenant partners wishing to contact her can email firstname.lastname@example.org.