By far one of the favorite events of the Fahe Annual Meetings is the Fahe Awards ceremony. Every year we recognize outstanding Members, partners, and friends for their hard work and contributions that make Appalachia a more prosperous place for all.
The winners of this year’s Fahe Awards in no particular order:
Fahe Art Collings Award for Advocacy
Awarded to a Fahe Member for greatest advocacy on a state-regional-national basis. This award is named in honor of Art Collings whose unmatched dedication to improving housing conditions for low- income rural Americans is an example for us all to follow.
Winner: Seth Long, HOMES Inc.
Fahe Voice of the Region Award
Fahe’s Voice of the Region award is awarded to Members that have shared their story and collaborated with Fahe to represent the strength and efficacy of our Network to a national audience in pursuit of impactful change in Appalachia.
Winner: John David, SALS
Fahe Award for Excellence:
Winner: Andy Kegley, HOPE for Open Door Café
Fahe Award for Leadership:
Awarded to someone at any level of their organization, and could be awarded each year to both seasoned and emerging leaders based on the following:
Winners: Lindy Turner, Clinch-Powell; Sarah Bates, Creative Compassion
Dwayne Yost Friend of Fahe Award
Awarded to a non-member, in recognition of outstanding contribution to Fahe and the membership. This award is named in honor of Dwayne Yost, Founding Father of Fahe and champion of affordable housing.
Winner: USDA RD