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October 18, 2018

Affordable housing group hires new executive

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Darryl Neher recently headed Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County in Bloomington, Ind.
He’s result-oriented. He’s just going to bring the organizational ability to take Habitat to the next level.
— Steve Crosby, Fauquier Habitat for Humanity board president
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Fauquier Habitat for Humanity has new executive director.

Darryl Neher started the job Oct. 13.

Mr. Neher succeeds Paul Linz, who announced his resignation in August. Newly married, Mr. Linz quit because he and his wife decided to move to Florida.

Mr. Neher recently headed Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County in Bloomington, Ind.

The Warrenton-based affordable housing organization, which serves Fauquier and Rappahannock counties, received about 200 applications for the position, said Habitat board of directors President Steve Crosby.

Habitat’s executive committee screened the applications and sent the top three to the board of directors to make the final call.

“Any of those three, the board would have been happy to have as executive director,” said Mr. Crosby, Fauquier’s former long-time county administrator.

But, “Darryl came across to the board as someone who is a high-energy, extremely intelligent, thoughtful guy,” the group’s president added. “He’s result-oriented. He’s just going to bring the organizational ability to take Habitat to the next level.”

That includes the organization’s community revitalization and home repair programs, Mr. Crosby said.

“Everybody was just impressed with Darryl’s personal and executive skills.”

The board also believes Mr. Neher will boost the nonprofit’s fundraising efforts and raise its profile.

“Fundraising is a critical factor,” Mr. Crosby said. “We’re very confident Darryl is really going to help us with that.”

The organization also must do a better job of creating greater awareness of its mission, he said.

Doing so will increase contributions, Mr. Crosby said.

“Right now we’re not at the top of the list for donors."

Mr. Neher couldn’t be reached for comment.

He “brings deeply developed skill sets, including leadership and communication skills, political and business acumen, training and teaching expertise, knowledge of land use and housing policy, and the ability to articulate and implement strategic vision,” the press release said.
As a Bloomington City councilman, Mr. Neher “made sheltering and housing affordability priorities in city policy and funding, including successfully securing multi-year funding for a struggling emergency homeless shelter,” the press release states.
His decision to take the executive director’s job with Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County proved a “natural fit, and one that Mr. Neher says brought all of his capabilities into sharp focus. . . He looks forward to doing the same in Fauquier and Rappahannock.”
Mr. Neher plans to engage “stakeholders” in both counties.

“Every Habitat community has different needs and expectations,” Mr. Neher said in the press release. “I know Habitat’s language and institutions, but I’m not yet familiar with Fauquier and Rappahannock. I need to get a broad view of the organization, so I can start thinking about what questions should be asked.
“It’s easy to focus on the tangible element of homes, and that’s important,” Neher says. “But the bigger impact by far is the increased dignity and hope that leads to transformational generational change.”
Established in 1991, Fauquier Habitat, which operates The ReStore in Warrenton, has eight full- and four part-time employs and a budget of $968,000, according to Mr. Crosby.
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Melrose Carter · October 18, 2018 at 8:49 am
All the best Mr. Neher in your new endeavors with FHFH!

Melrose Carter
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