Springfield Habitat for Humanity Head Announces Retirement

The man who has headed up Springfield’s Habitat for Humanity for the last eight years is hanging up his hammer.

Larry Peterson announced that he plans to retire in April.

“I have greatly enjoyed the opportunities and challenges, the people and the mission of Habitat over the past eight years,” Peterson said in a statement, “but it was time to let new leadership take the affiliate to the next level. It really is a younger person’s sport.”

Peterson will be 65 when he retires in April.

While he won’t be heading up the organization, Peterson said he plans to stay involved in the affordable housing issue in Springfield to continue to be an advocate for Habitat and other organizations that are working to make affordable housing available in the Springfield area.

Peterson added that he’s looking forward to also being able to take time for passions such as acting, music, writing, travel, and family.

“Larry has been the face of Habitat for many years,” Habitat Board President, Jacqueline Post said in a statement about Peterson. “He has been instrumental in leading the Springfield affiliate to new levels of success. Along with placing an average of four families per year in homes through their Homebuying Program. During Larry’s tenure the local Habitat affiliate has increased its Neighborhood Revitalization efforts through their partnership with the Woodland Heights neighborhood; received support from numerous funding sources including three grants totaling almost $2 million from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines to support its Creating Healthy Homes Program; was one of the first area nonprofits to institute the “Great Game of Business” program; increased the revenue of its ReStore retail business to over $1.6 million/year and many other accomplishments.”

(Headline photo courtesy Habitat for Humanity of Springfield.)

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