ACT III: 2000-2009
Deborah Frazier, recognized that public housing residents possessed virtually untapped talent and wisdom. Generally marginalized within the urban core and typically viewed as unempowered, these residents had limited access to the resources and networks that would substantially improve their lives and communities. The Frazier-Memphis Housing Authority collaboration resulted in SEEK TO SERVE, a six-month servant-leadership training program for residents of mixed-income housing developments.
Based on a suggestion from a Seek to Serve graduate who experienced homelessness, HOPE DAY ZONE fulfills a significant need for homeless women and their children who must leave the premises of shelters during daytime hours. HDZ offers a safe, secure environment in which families can use the arts as a form of creative expression, ultimately leading to increases in self-awareness, self-worth and self-esteem.