Patrick sits down again with Habitat for Humanity leader Monroe Free to discuss what is really meant by “systems change”. How does your organization define it? And how do you articulate the specific work your organization does to influence that change? They also discuss organizational values. What do they really mean?
Monroe is President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County (SC). To say that Monroe felt a calling to help those who are socially and economically disenfranchised would be a severe understatement. Many of his waking hours, and indeed his entire career have been devoted to improving the lives and futures of those who need a helping hand. From running Knox Area Rescue Ministries and the Christian Community Foundation in Knoxville, TN, and as CMO of Christian Blind Mission US to founding of the Monroe Free Group, a consulting firm for non-profits, Monroe has a depth of experience and caring conscience that’s second to none.
Monroe has served in numerous volunteer leadership roles including Chairman of the Knox County Homeless Coalition as well as Chairman of the Knox County Family Violence Commission, Chairman of the Board of SC Association at Habitat Affiliates, and is currently the Chairman of the Board of TogetherSC. As the CEO and President of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, Monroe continues to lead this critically important organization as it implements policies designed to positively change lives and the landscape of this fast-growing and burgeoning part of the country.
Monroe is married to Kim and together they have three children.