Habitat for Humanity (HFH) of Harnett County offered the current executive director of the organization, Mike Blackmon, a full-time position.
“Habitat for Humanity of Harnett County has recognized the need to do more to provide affordable housing to those who truly need it,” said Michael Jackson, board chair. “In Mike’s short employment, he has shown the skills and passion to help us move toward our version of ‘A world where everyone has a decent place to live.’ ”
Mr. Blackmon accepted the part-time executive director position in 2016, a helpful addition to the organization, as he had previously retired from the City of Dunn Inspection Department.
“Mike is truly qualified, as a retired building inspector for the City of Dunn he certainly understands all aspects of home construction,” said Mr. Jackson. “Equally important is his passion to help others as evidenced by his annual month-long mission trip to Belize where he helps build homes and churches.”
Mr. Blackmon has been traveling each summer to help build churches and homes, first as part of a church mission project, and then as his own personal mission project. It is for this reason that Mr. Blackmon has become such as asset to Habitat, because of his passion to help others.
“I am very excited to become full-time executive director,” said Mr. Blackmon. “I think in order to take Habitat to the next level and beyond, that a full-time executive director is needed.”
One of Mr. Blackmon’s first priorities is to recruit partner families throughout Harnett County who qualify for a habitat house. These families have to meet certain qualifications, and bring their information to a home applicant meeting. Home applicant meetings are held quarterly to speak with families.
He’ll continue to build a strong board of directors, increase the existing committees, and try to get more churches throughout the county involved, as well as recruiting more community partners.
“Since Mike’s employment in late 2016, Habitat for Humanity of Harnett County has made tremendous progress because of his leadership,” said Mr. Jackson. “His knowledge and passion have shown in the impact he has already had on our Habitat affiliate. With Mike working full time, he will now have the opportunity to carry the Habitat message to all of Harnett County.”
HFH Harnett County welcomes anyone who would like to become involved, whether through sponsorship or participation in another way. For more information, contact the Habitat office at 910-891-7770 or Executive Director Mike Blackmon at 919-669-2220.