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MIFA’s Something Good in Memphis campaign is designed to celebrate those who make Memphis better, whether it’s the stranger who helps change your flat tire in the rain or a human services pioneer who changes the lives of a hundred poor Memphians. Sometimes people tend to focus on the bad and forget the good, but we see reminders of the good in Memphis every day!


Nominating is quick and easy – just fill out our simple form! Nominate friends, neighbors,and colleagues whose daily efforts or remarkable deeds embody the spirit of positive action in our community.Thank you for being a part of the good in Memphis!


MIFA's vision: Uniting the community through service. MIFA's mission: Supporting the independence of vulnerable seniors and families in crisis through high-impact programs. MIFA's values: Welcome and respect all people. Act with integrity. Value individual initiative and ability. Serve individuals and the community as an act of faith. Balance humanitarian goals with sound business practices.





the good in memphis

Melvena Leake, hero for the homeless


Melvena Leake is a hero for her work with homeless women ex-offenders in greater Memphis. In 1999, after retiring from her career as a high-school English teacher, she founded Karat Place, a residential rehabilitation program. Here she provides a safe, clean, attractive home and a structure for women coming out of prison to learn basic skills and self-discipline. Mrs. Leake balances providing a loving environment with instilling a sense of responsibility that allows these women to lead productive lives. She has worked tirelessly, but joyfully, and for many years funded Karat Place with her own resources. This comment from one of her residents echoes the feelings of the many lives she has blessed: “I am so thankful for being given another chance at life.” Nominated by Rev. Paula Huntspon.

Posted by Ellen Whitten at 11:28 AM


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