There’s a strong belief that the CEO or Executive Director is “the face” of an organization. In many ways, that is very true! When I think of A Beautiful Me, I think of Karen Palka; G.R.I.T., Greg Bischer; and Macomb Chamber, Kelley Lovati.
But the CEOs and Executive Directors, like myself, look though the mirror on the other side, and what we see are the faces of our staff, board, volunteers, and donors.
We look outward while everyone else looks inward.
At Macomb Habitat, I am not an island. If it weren’t for talented leadership, strong managers, and dedicated associates, the mission would be weak, and I would be working somewhere else.
The volunteers who build on worksites and keep our ReStores clean, they are the face of Macomb Habitat! Same with our Board of Directors and donors, whose support allows us to provide “community, homes, and hope” to low-income men and women.
The face of Habitat is a myriad of kindness, generosity, philanthropy, and joy. It is the Board Chair and the community service worker. It is the children of the elderly mom who had to downsize and all her belongings that came to us to be passed along to another family so the memory chain could remain unbroken.
And finally, the face of Macomb County Habitat is seen in every single mom or family who juggle multiple jobs to obtain homeownership.
Their faces. Your faces. Our faces. This is what I think of when I celebrate the face of Habitat!