Paul Bradley: I Believe In Manufactured Housing!

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Paul Bradley of ROC USA wrote a heartfelt blog about the experience of finding a new home that meets the needs of his mother, Lois, as she ages.

After some consideration, Paul and Lois chose a Next Step home because “we wanted an Energy Star-certified and universal design (i.e. wider doors, walk-in showers, door levers instead of knobs – all intended to allow owners to more comfortably age in place) home that would put her 19th-century home to shame.  (I want no longing feelings for that old place!)”

We’re overjoyed to be able to provide a home where Lois can live in comfort, and this is a testament to the work we do. Please read Paul’s full blog here!

NeighborWorks Pueblo Joins Next Step Network

We’re happy to welcome NeighborWorks® of Pueblo into the Next Step Network, expanding our coverage to 51 Network Members putting sustainable homeownership within reach of families nationwide by delivering Manufactured Housing Done Right.

NeighborWorks Pueblo serves various counties in Southern Colorado, and they provide a whole host of services including pre- and post-purchase education, lending, development, and much more.

Their mission is to “revitalize neighborhoods and assist families in homeownership.”

NeighborWorks Pueblo has the core belief that “building sustainable communities starts with building stable homes.” They support financial success for homeowners in the long-term in order to create stronger communities.

To learn more about NeighborWorks Pueblo, go here.

After Hours: Stacey Epperson

In our “After Hours” blog series, we invite Next Step team members to talk about their hobbies or interests outside of work. Up next is Next Step’s President & Founder, Stacey Epperson:

By Stacey Epperson, President & Founder of Next Step

Every time I visit a family in a Next Step Home, my eye goes straight to the kitchen. I love that the kitchen sink always has a nice view outside and we usually have a work island with a good layout. The kitchen is the heart of the home. I know it’s my favorite room in my house.  It’s where you will find me when I am not in the office or on the road. Every Saturday I write and post the menu for the week, make the grocery list, hit the farmers market and then my favorite grocery.

I have my grandmother and parents to thank for my love of food. On our farm we had a garden, livestock, and learned to eat good, wholesome food. Even today my father has a smoke house where he cures hams. We would always have a Sunday sit-down with my grandmother—and those are memories that I want to make for my daughter. I am passing on skills for good health and good memories. My grandmother always had one rule: a green and yellow vegetable in every meal, and a dish of fruit too.

In my early 20s, I made a commitment to know everything about food. I loved watching cooking shows on PBS and became a passionate reader of Gourmet Magazine; I was a foodie before it was trendy. Today I cook breakfast every morning before work, and dinner every night that I am home. Thank goodness that Dave does the dishes.  But now I have more help in the kitchen, Maggie is with me and I am teaching her everything I know. We pay close attention to food–carbs, fat, protein, etc. Maggie was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes when she was two and you can learn more on her JDRF One Walk page here.

img_5462_webMaggie is taking it to a different level. She loves baking and became interested in European methods after we visited our Swedish family—her cousins’ grandmother is a retired chef. This year Chef Shannon Wampler-Collins invited her to  cook with the Lexington Women’s Chef Series and Guest Chef Elizabeth Faulkner. Her dessert was served, KY JD’s buttermilk sorghum panna cotta, with a blackberry coulis and a Swedish cardamom crisp cookie crumble; an ode to her KY roots and Swedish family. Needless to say, I gained 10 pounds this summer tasting the recipe until she got it just right.

Home is more than shelter, it’s where we nurture and find comfort. We replenish our body and our souls. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it has stolen my heart. It’s where we teach and pass on what sustains us. Bon Appétit, gumbo is on the menu tonight!

Stay tuned, we’ll be back next month with another After Hours spotlights on the Next Step Team!

 

 

 

 

 

The Next Step Network 2015 Annual Report Is Out!

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The Next Step Network 2015 Annual Report is out!

You can read more about our national impact (like homes ordered and annual utility costs savings), family and member success stories (like Lee and Lucille Allen, and Community Ventures), and view our financials here: http://ar.nextstepus.org/

 

Next Step Network Participating in Give Local Louisville

This year, Next Step® Network is participating in Give Local Louisville, a 24-hour online giving day that supports the local nonprofits doing great work in our community. Last year, through Give Local Louisville, our community raised $3 million for the 362 participating nonprofits.

On September 15, for those 24 hours, the Community Foundation of Louisville and its partners will maximize the community’s generosity with Golden Tickets, prizes and bonus dollars. This provides an incredible opportunity for donors to increase the impact of their gifts to the nonprofits they care about.

Next Step’s mission is to put sustainable homeownership within reach of everyone, while transforming the manufactured housing industry through consumer education, affordability and energy efficiency. By participating in Give Local Louisville, we will raise funds to support new and ongoing programs that put energy efficient homes within reach of more low-income families in Kentucky and nationwide.

Online credit card giving will take place at givelocallouisville.org/npo/next-step-network-inc from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 15.

Additionally, if you have a Charitable Checking Fund or Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville, you may recommend a grant of any amount to Next Step that will be added to the total amount we raise on September 15. You must submit your grant request before September 9th. See MyFund for additional details.

For more information, visit givelocallouisville.org/npo/next-step-network-inc.