From engaging community members to hit-the-ground-running staff to innovative board members, we’ve had the pleasure of shining spotlights on individuals who’ve made an impact on SouthFair.
With a mission is to provide sustainable (affordable) housing for low and moderate-income families and individuals, it is important that the community of South Dallas know those who help keep our wheels turning and are a testament of a revitalized neighborhood.
In March, we kicked it off with homeowners, Mr. Kinney and Ms. Stevenson, who bought a home from SouthFair nine years ago. No stranger to South Dallas, the Neighborhood Crime Watch member, Kinney, raved about having neighbors who invest in each other. This further proves that the community remains grounded in one another. We continued with our Board Chair, Marian Williams, who has been instrumental in SouthFair’s progress over the last few years. She joined the Board in July 2012 and since then, the retired DISD teacher has been integral in connecting SouthFair to more sectors of the community.
In June, after an eventful yard competition, the winners of the competition, the Rodriguez family, gave us some insight. Why do they constantly go above and beyond to keep the exterior of their home looking amazing? It boiled down to one thing – taking pride in keeping their yard looking very neat. The Rodriguez family is an example of what caring about your neighborhood looks like. Resident Manager, Lorena Muckelroy, joined the Rodriguez family in the June spotlight, seven months after starting her tenure with SouthFair. Excited to see a revived South Dallas, with the help of the affordable housing SouthFair brings, Lorena has proudly served the residents of SouthFair’s two rental properties — Boulevard Square Apartments and Ethel Parnell Place Apartments.
Board member, Derrick Nutall, and tenant, Monica Cotton, were in their respective spotlights three quarters into the year. Nutall, who can also be seen in the SouthFair testimonial video, is a proponent of financial literacy and economic empowerment. Frequently speaking at community engagements on these subject, Derrick’s value to SouthFair is immeasurable. Cotton, a long-time tenant, is a staple to South Dallas. She has raised generations of South Dallas residents and proclaims her continued desire to help parents in her community. As she has been babysitting for the last 32 years, she has no intentions of stopping — not as long as her neighbors are in need of such assistance.
And as we see 2021 to the end, board member, Lasharla Hinton celebrates her tenure with SouthFair by stepping into the spotlight. Determined to serve on an organization committed to providing resources and opportunities for families, Hinton has served as an advisory board member for four years. Lasharla’s contributions have been significant. Not only has she advised SouthFair but her presence extends to the residents who have been at the receiving end of her generosity.
We want to extend a great thanks to all those who have played a part in SouthFair being successful! This year, it was evident that there is work to do in every corner. That work is always best done when a community comes together. We’re looking forward to a new year full of more spotlights!