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Making a difference with Habitat for Humanity

In Friday’s edition of The LaGrange Daily News, we wrote about local Habitat Humanity executive director Steven Brown stepping down because he and his wife are moving to her new parish Greensboro First Presbyterian Church. Brown’s wife, Meg Jackson Clark, is the pastor at Dallas-Dodd Presbyterian Church, and is taking on lead pastor in Greensboro.

Brown has lived in LaGrange for 21 years with 14 of those as the executive director, and Habitat has done a lot under his direction.

Under Brown, Habitat for Humanity opened its Restore on Main Street in 2007. The Restore takes in gently used, donated items, and the money from the store funds many of the local Habitat’s projects.

When Brown took over, Habitat was only operating in two counties. He expanded it, and now it operates in Harris, Heard and Troup counties in Georgia and Chambers, Clay and Randolph counties in Alabama. Brown said they have built 50 new houses and remodeled, rehabilitated and recycled 30 others.

Habitat for Humanity helps the community in great and small ways. The Restore gives back by selling items at affordable prices.

The house building projects better lives of the people needing them and the community. While not all the work has fallen on Brown’s shoulders, it takes a good leader to make these things happen. 

We appreciate Brown and all of the work Habitat for Humanity has done for Troup County.

We wish him and wife well in their new church in Greensboro.