Community-Based Learning

Pam Dorr: Transforming a Community Through Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Event Date and Time: 
Monday, November 25, 2013, 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Wishcamper Center, Room 133 (Portland)
Contact Name: 
Paula Gerstenblatt
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The School of Social Work and the Office of Community-Based Learning present a talk by Pam Dorr of Hale Empowerment & Revitalization Organization, Inc. View the Flyer

Pam Dorr runs 2 non-profits and 5 small businesses in rural Alabama creating affordable housing and economic development.  Pam is the Executive Director of the Hale Empowerment & Revitalization Organization, Inc. (HERO). As a grass roots non-profit, HERO creates community development opportunities that celebrate rural communities in the Alabama Black Belt. HERO builds affordable housing to help families achieve their dream of homeownership.  Economic development to create jobs and job training in abandoned buildings provides new life to downtown areas.   Pam was the founder and now leads Habitat for Humanity, Hale County, Inc. 

Pam grew up outside San Francisco and enjoyed a successful 18-year career in the apparel industry prior to dedicating herself to community development work. Joining Auburn University’s Rural Studio in 2003, she studied innovations in architecture as an Outreach Fellow and stayed in Hale County to found HERO Housing Resource Center at HERO in 2004. She has lead completion of over $15,000,000 in community development assets. 

For more information about her work, view a CBS feature story and New York Times article.

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