The Hundred Story Home by Kathy Izard
"Kathy Izard tells two compelling stories in one: about her journey toward fulfilling her life's purpose and about Charlotte's journey to finally treating its chronically homeless with compassion and dignity. Each has twists and turns, each has a happy ending, and Izard tells each with a style that will captivate readers far beyond her most natural audience."
—Taylor Batten, Editorial Page Editor, The Charlotte Observer
"Kathy Izard, the remarkable and unlikely champion of housing for the homeless in Charlotte, gives us another gift–her honest, humble, and unforgettable story of the chance encounters and enduring comments that conceived and sustained Moore Place despite repeated setbacks."
—Ken Gepfert, a former editor at The Charlotte Observer and The Wall Street Journal
"From the beginning of time, I believe it was ordained that Kathy would have a life changing encounter with Denver Moore. He believed that as well. These unexpected encounters with spiritual beings like Denver told in The Hundred Story Home thrill believers and encourage doubters to search. Prepare yourself to be thrilled or to begin searching for your Denver."
—Ron Hall, author Same Kind of Different as Me (Movie adaption May 2017)
A powerful true story about finding faith in yourself and something bigger.
The Hundred Story Home leads you on an inspirational journey that begins with a question, “Where are the beds?” and ends with over one hundred formerly homeless people living in homes of their own.
Kathy Izard was a graphic designer, wife, mother of four daughters and volunteer at Charlotte’s Urban Ministry Center when an unlikely meeting with formerly homeless author, Denver Moore, changed the course of her life. Inspired by Denver’s challenge to do more than serve in this soup kitchen, Kathy quit her job to take on what seemed like an unimaginable task in her second half of life—to build housing for Charlotte’s homeless.
Woven together in this motivational story of a call to social action is Kathy’s personal journey to define the meaning of home and her own struggle with faith, family, and fulfillment. Read the book that will not only make you believe you can change the world, it will also end up changing you.
Kathy Izard was an award-winning graphic designer for twenty years in Charlotte before launching the pilot program Homeless to Homes for the Urban Ministry Center in 2008. She successfully demonstrated this Housing First program could succeed and led the city-wide effort to build Moore Place, Charlotte’s first permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless men and women. Kathy has worked on numerous civic projects most recently leading the development campaign for HopeWay, Charlotte’s first non-profit residential mental health treatment center. The Hundred Story Home is her debut nonfiction title. She is the recipient of the Bank of America Local Hero Award and the NC Housing Volunteer of the Year Award. Kathy and her husband have four daughters and live in Charlotte: www.kathyizard.com.