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2020 marks Fahe’s 40th anniversary of building the American Dream. Over these four decades, Fahe has invested over $1.5 Billion which has directly changed the lives of over 616,000 people.  Our 50+ Members, all local leaders, are directly responsible for our ability to connect communities to investments and opportunity. As we celebrate our anniversary throughout the year, we are taking time to acknowledge and showcase our Members and highlight the important work they are doing which will impact the future of our communities for the next 40 years and beyond.

Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization, Inc. — Greensboro, AL

Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization, Inc. (HERO) works as a catalyst for community development to end rural poverty in the Alabama Black Belt. As a non-profit, HERO provides economic development, community resources, housing education, affordable housing construction, and youth programming.

HERO has been serving the families and residents of Greensboro, AL for the last 26 years with a commitment to building a strong communities focused on family. HERO works to create resilient communities, strong social networks, and support systems for residents in times of need. To accomplish this, HERO focuses on facilitating friendships, developing mutual support, enhancing education, creating entrepreneurial opportunities, and linking people to services.

HERO is well known for innovative social enterprises designed to create jobs, provide training, and uplift the local economy.  They have started ventures from thrift shops to tiny housing.  They also run Hero Bike, a bicycle shop that specializes in manufacturing bicycles from locally grown bamboo.  And then there’s the PieLab, a kitchen that started out as a popup social experiment that turned into a fixture in the community.  The PieLab provides a safe place for open dialog while providing the fellowship of a meal with other community members.  The kitchen trains employees on how to handle the fast-paced environment of a kitchen to prepare them for better paying and more advantageous jobs.

HERO proudly serves the people in Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, and Sumter counties.

To keep up with HERO and their latest projects, check out their Facebook Page.

Join our Anniversary Celebration

Over the course of 2020, we will be celebrating Fahe’s history through sharing historical photos, family stories, and future projects, as well as other Member Highlights. Please join our 40th anniversary celebration by sharing your memories, pictures, and support for Fahe on social media.  Please join in by using the hashtag #WeAreFahe.  You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Olivia Brock Schemanski
Olivia Brock Schemanski
Olivia Brock Schemanski serves as Fahe's Communication VISTA. She holds a BA in Business Administration with a minor in Public Relations from Eastern Kentucky University. She's an avid lover of music and in her free time she enjoys photography, going to concerts and re-watching "The Office."

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