Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas Announces New Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas announced Kelly Fleming has been named executive director of the nonprofit devoted to put God’s love into action, bringing people together to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.

Fleming has served as the Director of Development/Chief Development Officer for the Arkansas Arts Center for the past seven years and has most recently been part of an ongoing capital campaign of $128 million. She has also raised funds for Arkansas Repertory Theatre and Heifer Foundation.

“All of us at Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas see an opportunity to have a big influence on the central Arkansas area and are thrilled to have Kelly lead us in this exciting stage of growth,” said Habitat Board Chairman, Eddie Martin. “I’m excited about this next step for the organization and I can’t wait to see where we can go. We’re especially looking forward to putting Kelly’s marketing and retail experience into high-gear to help reinvigorate our ReStore Donation Centers which provide revenue to help build homes for families in need.” said Martin.

Building on the successes of over 30 years of providing affordable housing in central Arkansas, Kelly’s hiring comes as the organization implements a plan of strategic growth in developing safe, stable, attractive communities, ensuring the successful homeownership for each Habitat borrower and collaborating with other non-profit organizations to revitalize neighborhoods. Recently, Habitat has developed the first Pocket neighborhood in Arkansas (a neighborhood of 9 houses on one street) that is under construction at Porter Cove in North Little Rock.

Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas has several fundraising events throughout the year to help sustain its mission. The largest fundraiser, ReStore & After, will be held this year at the Marriott Hotel on September 12, 2020.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas. The organization creates meaningful and lasting impact for our neighbors and community. I look forward to being a part of the effort that will make a positive difference for even more people who are in need of affordable, safe and decent shelter,” Kelly said.

About Habitat:

Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seek to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas was founded in 1989 and to date has built and rehabbed over 160 homes in Central Arkansas, and built and financed over 30 homes overseas. https://www.habitatcentralar.org/