Sep 27, 2018
Kathy Izard is the author of ‘The Hundred Story Home, a
memoir about finding faith in ourselves and something bigger.’
The memoir tells the story of how Kathy listened to a whisper
urging her to house the homeless. She launched Homeless to Homes, a
Housing First proof-of-concept program, and led a capital campaign
to build Moore Place, the first permanent supportive housing for
the chronically homeless in Charlotte. She has worked on numerous
civic projects, including leading fundraising efforts for HopeWay,
the first nonprofit residential mental health treatment center in
the Charlotte region. Before these efforts, Kathy was a graphic
designer and soup kitchen volunteer. She is a member of the Women’s
Impact Fund and serves on the board of directors of the Charlotte
Urban Ministry Center, Moore Place, HopeWay, and the Crossnore
School for foster children. Kathy earned a Bachelor’s degree in
Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in a
journey to build permanent housing for the homeless and finding
meaning and purpose in life.
IN THIS EPISODE
- Kathy talks about how she feels receiving
recognition for her book.
- She summarizes the story that The Hundred
- She shares the most meaningful story within
The Hundred Story Home.
- She describes the household she grew up in
- Kathy reflects on the importance of borders
issues in her life.
- She explains what ‘Do Good Love Well’ means to
her and answers which of the two is harder for her.
- She shares what she wished she had written
that she did not in her book.
- She considers whether family and home are the
same thing or something different.
- Kathy talks about how homeless people go about creating
- She answers what faith she is talking about
when she talks about faith.
- She references the works of theology of Barbara Brown
- She discusses how she sees faith in action and
the God she believes in.
- Kathy explains what she means by
‘God-instance’ and addresses whether an agnostic
or atheist could have accomplished the same work of funding Moore
- She talks about her feelings of guilt and shame and
gratitude about privilege.
- She reflects on what qualities account for her
- She reveals what she learned in therapy during
the writing of the book.
- Kathy addresses projecting herself as a
- She answers whether the search for meaning and purpose
continues for her.
- She shares the message she wants to tell people and the
whisper she is listening to now
plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: The Starting and Finishing
To learn more, visit On Life and Meaning