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 Wall Street Journal
From homeless to home seems an impossible journey until you read this compelling true story. The author began serving soup and ended finding her soul while creating an 85-unit apartment building for some of America's "invisible" people. Amazingly, Kathy Izard will teach you to see-and ask, "Why not do this in my community?"
Rolfe Neill, former publisher The Charlotte Observer
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
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 February 2017)
Izard's candor and bravery in recounting her midlife crisis and her subsequent passion for her work is striking and inspirational. The Hundred Story Home is a road map to advocacy, and a touching story of faith, serendipity, and perseverance paying off in a big way.
Kathy Izard's is a deeply personal story, movingly told. She reminds us that one person can truly make a difference, especially when challenged to Do Good. What a gift she has given us.
Susan Patterson, former program director, John S. and James L.Knight Foundation
Compelling, inspiring, funny and poignant. . .This is a book about finding your purpose in a meaningful life; it's about faith and family and friendship. But mostly, it's a love story: a father's love, a mother's love, a daughter's love and a beautiful, beautiful couple's love.
Kristin Hills Bradberry, Nonprofit Advisor, Charlotte
An extremely powerful testament of courage, determination, and generosity. Kathy invites and challenges us to "trust the whisper" of God and to take our own leap of faith. As her story reveals, when we do our lives are mysteriously transformed by God's love.
The Reverend Chip Edens, Rector, Christ Church, Charlotte
In the book, Kathy describes how her father used to say to her "You can do anything, Kathy, really anything." When you reach the last page of "The Hundred Story Home," you completely agree with Kathy's dad - but equally powerfully, through Kathy's example, you believe you can do anything too.
Caroline Chambre Hammock, Assistant Director, Urban Ministry Center