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There is something primal about the Delta, for good and for ill—there’s an ineffable and unmediated energy that permeates the place and attracts people from all walks of life and from all manner of places. The Delta is alive with light and darkness, exuding hints of holiness as well as deep undercurrents of unhappiness. It is, after all, the well-documented birthplace of the blues as well as the inspirational home of gospel music. Read More ›

5/4/2019 › Potlucks and More
One of the challenges of righting the CAHFH ship has been to revitalize life-giving interactions between the homeowners and other community members and the out-of-town volunteers. While this dynamic had been an integral part of the Habitat experience over the years, an unfortunate disconnect had gradually developed. One way to address that issue was to work at resurrecting the potluck experience. Read More ›

5/1/2019 › The House on Bolivar
In January, CAHFH was forced to foreclose on a property. It was the first time in years that the organization had had to take such a drastic step, and those events are always tragic—obviously for the foreclosed-upon, who undoubtedly need no further trauma in their lives, but also for the entire organization. Nobody gets into Habitat work so they can come down on the disadvantaged and any such action is just wretched. Read More ›

4/20/2019 › Habitat for Humanity Mission of St. Francis Xavier
The Habitat mission of St. Francis was started a quarter of a century ago as a Catholic connection between the sisters of St. Joseph working both in LaGrange Park, IL and in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The parish of St. Elizabeth in Clarksdale needed sisters from other areas to educate their students. Mercy nuns from St. Louis, and representatives from our local order of sisters began teaching students at St. Elizabeth’s. Read More ›

3/15/2019 › New York City
At the end of February, I found myself in NYC, to participate in a wine-and-cheese fundraiser for Spring Initiative, the Habitat-originated dynamic and innovative afterschool program in Clarksdale for at-risk kids. To say that this occasion was an anomaly would be to exploit the obvious, as I have always made it clear that I want nothing to do with NYC, and my short time there did nothing to change my mind. Read More ›

3/1/2019 › Uni High Habitat Trip
My desperate plea for help in February has resulted in an outpouring of support that has genuinely encouraged me. The need remains critical, but we are certainly not giving up. And, in the meantime, we had a great time with out first volunteer group of the year (and my tenure) as my former employer, Uni High, sent a crew to the Delta for the 23rd straight year. Read More ›