Michelle Connor

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity


Bio


Michelle Connor has served as the CEO of Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity for the past twelve years. Under her direction the organization has grown from a small home office to one of the thriving businesses on Main Street in both Greenbrier and Pendleton County. Under her leadership, Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has become one of the most productive Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the United States.

Michelle has earned a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University. She has over ten years of fund development and grant writing experience and has been trained as a Home Buyer Counselor. Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has built 120 new houses, developed and built three affordable housing subdivisions, and performed repairs on over 500 additional homes in Eastern West Virginia using diverse funding from private and public sectors.

Successful volunteer management and utilization is one of Michelle’s strengths and one of the organization’s key success factors. Utilizing over 1500 active volunteers each year, on average Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity builds 10 -12 new houses, performs 20 repair projects and coordinates and offers over 100 hours of Financial Literacy and Counseling classes.

Michelle understands that building affordable housing means more that just providing a family a low monthly payment. With the organization’s implementation of advanced energy efficient construction, affordable housing for Habitat for Humanity Partner Families also translates into low monthly utility costs and lower overall house maintenance expenses. Michelle has been trained as a Home Energy Rater (HERs) in 2010 and is an advocate for Green Building and energy efficient building practices, especially for low-income families who are the most cost burdened by rising energy rates.

She developed and maintains collaborative relationships with the West Virginia Housing Development Fund, USDA Rural Development, Federal Home Loan Bank - Pittsburgh, WV Home Builder Association, Community Works, Leave A Legacy of West Virginia, World Vision, and many other local and regionally based service agencies.  Michelle is proud to call West Virginia her home along with her husband John and their eleven children.

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