Tammy Howard, Executive Director
Welcome Tammy Howard, our new Executive Director! New bio and picture coming soon.
J. Terry Williams, Founder
In September 2007, after almost 40 years of public service in the Wyoming State Health and Family Service Agencies, Terry hung up his spurs. Together with other concerned citizens, he completed a thirty-week study of social justice called JustFaith. Through weekly small-group classes, 14 books, two retreats and four experiences with the homeless in Denver, CO and Cheyenne, WY, he realized that the Wyoming state assistance system he once administered was broken. Yes, the system responds to the immediate emergency needs for one in every five Wyoming residents, but it is designed around government budgets and not around resolving the root causes of poverty and uplifting families to self-sufficiency and independence. It was time to do something different---something more. As a JustFaith social justice response, Terry developed a team to address housing; the highest priority need in every Wyoming community for lower income, working families with children.
As of the spring of 2008, WYFHOP is one year into an exciting and inspiring adventure that has already begun to reverberate deep into the community. Hundreds of people in the Cheyenne community, including mentor families, churches, and businesses, have banned together on behalf of permanent housing for nine families who have 25 children combined. This project is about demonstrating the power of local people to take action and build community. It is also a chance to change reality for the generation of children who deserve to grow up in a safe and stable environment, and whose futures hinge upon the financial stability enabled by home ownership.
Terry earned his Bachelor's degree in Nutrition from Xavier University in Cincinnati. He holds a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. Terry has been married to Mary Ellen for more than forty years. They have two children, Mark and Laura, and four grandchildren.
WYFHOP is incorporated as a Public Non-Profit as of 2007 with the Wyoming Secretary of State. WYFHOP's structure consists of the volunteer Program Manager, Advisory Board, and numerous volunteers. Advisory Board members meet on a monthly basis. All faith community and business partner contributions are invested with the Wyoming Housing Network, our Trusted Fiscal Agent and 501(c)-3. Project education and administrative expenses are managed through grants and donations specified for this purpose. All contributions are tax deductible.