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Presidential Transition

Providing more affordable housing for people with disabilities is at the top of the agenda for the incoming Black Hills Works Foundation President Roger Wilson.


Providing more affordable housing for people with disabilities is at the top of the agenda for the incoming Black Hills Works Foundation President Roger Wilson, who takes over duties for long-time Board President Joe Lux early this year. “We are working hard to educate our community about our housing needs, and the contributions people supported at Black Hills Works make to our region,” Wilson said. “There’s so much good happening, and many opportunities to do more.”

Both men have served on both the operating and foundation boards, which has helped them to understand the intricacies of the organization, the difference between funding that the state offers and what the foundation must raise, and how critical services are to people supported.

Wilson said the most pressing need right now is to address the lack of affordable housing for people with disabilities. There are more people who need a place to live than what Black Hills Works can currently support. “There is much that goes into providing safe housing in our community,” Lux noted. “It takes time to prepare homes for the people we support. The waiting list is growing.”

Black Hills Works Foundation, which fundraises for the organization, fills the gaps of the operating budget, providing almost $1 million per year in donations for special projects and ongoing support. “Sometimes it just takes a couple hundred dollars to make a huge impact in someone’s life,” Lux said. “And sometimes it takes several thousands.”

That’s a good point to make when sharing Black Hills Works’ story with the community. “We want people to know they can give, a little or a lot, and make a difference,” Lux added. “Every dollar truly makes a difference.”

Educating the public, and raising the funds, is a tall order, but Wilson is up for the challenge. “Our goal is to be able to support Black Hills Works so that it can take a holistic approach to everything it does,” he said.

“This is a cause near and dear to my heart,” Lux added. “We just want the community to know we exist and we’re here to improve lives— both of the people that we support, and our community at large.”

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