MAY 10, 2010 – Walter Gettier and his wife, Iva, consider themselves fortunate. Yes, times are hard. But Walt is happy to have a job as a package handler in The Research Triangle Park.
It was the job that drew the couple to
Then Walt found
“It was like I was supposed to find it,” Walt said. “Out of all the listings I looked at, it was the only one that was listed for 55 and older.”
That’s the way things can work when a community organization, like Durham Community Land Trustees, receives sufficient funding, said Executive Director Selina Mack. And it a key reason the Initiative’s core operating grants are so important, she said.
The Initiative is the only organization in the country that, during the past 15 years, has provided core operating support for community development corporations. That enables the community organizations to focus their time and energy on programs and projects, such as
Programs such as
“The Initiative is wonderful to work with,” she said. “They’re committed to excellence, financial accountability and, most important, the people we’re trying to help. Without the Initiative, programs like
As for the Gettiers, Walt said: “We both smile a lot more…I feel safe leaving my wife at home, and I didn’t feel that before. That’s a big thing for me. I want to make sure she’s O.K. at night time. And I believe she is.”