At the core of everything, Acts is all about the families we serve. Each family’s story is different, and all month long as we celebrate Longest Neighborhood Table 2021, we’re sharing some of our favorite stories of strength and empowerment.
The Ferguson family isn’t just one of our oldest success stories. (They purchased their home through Acts back in 1997!) It’s also a great example of the generational impact that Acts families have on the community at large.
Homes Everywhere Should Be Valued
When Nellie and her late husband contacted Acts Housing for help in the home buying process, they insisted their home should be located in Milwaukee’s central city. As Nellie explained in our first blog about this incredible family, she believed that homes everywhere should be valued:
“What’s wrong with the inner city?” she asked. “You call it the ghetto, I call it five minutes away from downtown. I wasn’t going to take my children to live in Brown Deer and live outside of my means.”
Leading by Example
Valuable lessons passed down from generation to generation have not only created stability and value within the younger members of the Ferguson family but also the neighborhoods they call home.
Ferguson children James, Jessica, Mercedes, Jasmine, Phillip, Johnnell, Precious, and Johnnie Jr. have all become adults since Nellie and Johnnie Sr. purchased “The White House.” With careers including lawyer, banker, cop, dental hygienist, phlebotomist, social worker, teacher, and postal worker, you can see this is a family of strong, independent personalities – many of whom went on to purchase their own homes with Acts Housing!
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