Chapel Hill is a vibrant community that is ever changing and developing. As universities cultures and the history of local residents intersect, there is great potential for a rich diversity. However in 1996, two UNC Social Work students, Myles Presler and Termain Kyles, observed a gap in communication and community service.
Focusing in on the Northside, Pine Knolls, Carr Court, and Lloyd Street communities, these students heard directly from residents about some of the challenges they were facing including: high housing costs, low quality housing, political and economic disempowerment, and low household incomes. These systemic problems were local manifestations of the many issues facing our entire nation.
EmPOWERment, Inc. was established to not only build homes, but also to build lives. In order to raise community awareness and dialogue, a multi-pronged and ambitious mission was created for the growing organization.
Over the years and through changes in community, leadership, and staff, EmPOWERment has remained vigilant in honoring the integrity of that mission and continues to focus on several key areas:
Aside from facts, figures, and accomplishments, EmPOWERment, Inc. has become a listening ear, a helping hand, and a trusted friend to many people in our communities. Some successes cannot be measured by statistics, rubrics, or graphs, but instead lie in the social capital of connecting people with the tools to construct their dreams into reality.
Your gift today will help achieve this mission.