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Central Florida volunteer built own affordable housing after seeing problem first hand

Kim Fogle turned investment fund into investment in others

SANFORD, Fla.After 32 years, Kim Fogle retired from her job with a nationwide company. She left with a 401k and a heart for volunteering to help the less fortunate. Those two things combined to define the next chapter in her life.

Fogle started a nonprofit called Central Florida Home For Good and she’s using her savings to build 10 affordable housing units in Sanford.

“I find it exciting that I can drive by here and say this is where my money went,” Fogle said, as she walked through one of the 850 square feet two-bedroom, one-bath apartments still under construction near downtown Sanford.

The complex is within walking distance of Fort Mellon Park. There is a bus stop next door.

“These will be apartments the average worker can afford,” Fogle said, pointing out the features of the space. “I love the windows.”

Fogle plans to call the complex Sanford Courtyard. The three buildings, covered with a fresh coat of stucco and drywall, are finally coming together after years of hard work.

Fogle said she spent years volunteering at local nonprofits that help the homeless.

“What I kept noticing over and over again, it’s the housing. They’re paying so much of their income where they live that they’re stuck. They can’t get out of the cycle,” Fogle said.

Fogle said it was a conversation with her son and a sermon at church that helped motivate her.

“One night I was home venting to my husband and my son. My son said, ‘Hey mom, you know what you always say to me, you’re not allowed to complain unless you’re willing to be part of the solution.” Fogle laughed.” That same weekend I was at church and my pastor said something very simple but very profound. He said, ‘A lot of you are sitting on the sideline because you can’t solve the whole problem, all you need to do is what you can, where you can, with what you have.”

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