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2018 Awards


tom meyer - 2018 James t. hewitt distinguished service award

Longtime board member and a champion of families, Jim Hewitt, passed away in January 2017. He was instrumental in the merger and possessed an unwavering commitment to homeless families. To honor Jim’s memory, we established the James T. Hewitt Distinguished Service Award, which was presented to Tom Meyer at the Chefs for Change Dessert Gala.

Tom is another longtime volunteer and board member who has exemplified Jim’s leadership and enthusiasm, both through his service to Families Moving Forward and in his faith community. Tom has been at the forefront of the Chefs for Change Series since its inception and a vibrant leader of the Development Committee. His gifts and reach are often unknown due to his humble nature and we can't think of a better person to honor in Jim's memory.


duson - 2018 outstanding partnership award

DUSON (Duke School of Nursing) is a longtime community partner whose commitment has grown post-merger. They have worked to develop and roll out a 4-week series which we call Healthy Homes (which our parents love!), and we actually have a research pilot underway through a grant called ABC Thrive to look at the intersection of Healthy Homes with other health-related interventions – targeting early childhood well-being within families experiencing homelessness. In addition, FMF was selected as a strategic partner for a new initiative at DUSON called D-CHIPP (DUSON Community Health Improvement Partnership Program.) D-CHIPP is working with us to identify gaps in our services and find new and innovative ways to improve the health outcomes for our families and across the community.


mayor steve schewel - 2018 game changer award

Mayor Steve Schewel was award the Game Changer Award in April of 2018 after he gave an impassioned speech at our Chefs for Change dinner about his desire to create more affordable housing stock in Durham. He went on to discuss market rates and how families are not set-up to thrive in our city unless we band together to ensure that they have access to safe and affordable housing.

Since receiving the Game Changer Award, Mayor Schewel has gone on to unveil his plans for a $95 million bond issue for affordable housing and to “change the future of our city forever." He also called for moving 1,700 homeless households into permanent living situations, to offer nearly 200 new "home ownership opportunities” and to provide additional assistance via eviction diversion and emergency rental assistance, among other things.  Talk about changing the game!