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Welcome to the 2015 edition of 12 to Watch, where the StarNews’ focuses on noteworthy people who might be high achievers this year.
The 12 honorees are all driven – to teach, to rehabilitate, to minister, to support, to lead.
Their interests are diverse. They walk different paths. Yet their passion is strong.
At the start of a new year, these stories are about their dreams and ideas for the future.
Steve Spain’s life-long fascination with the idea of home stems from a childhood with frequent moves to new locations around the world.
The executive director of Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity has now built a two-decade career working to give others a shelter, a house and a home.
After 20 years of emergency work, assisting the homeless in Boston and Wilmington and helping refugees find shelter in Afghanistan, Steve said it’s “very satisfying” to do something that feels very lasting: building houses for low-income families who are often the first generation to own a home and rarely the last.
The biggest challenge – and opportunity – Steve sees in the coming years is to have more mixed-income development that puts people of different incomes and backgrounds in the same community.
“People generally gravitate towards people like themselves, which is sort of funny because if you ask people what they enjoy about living in the city, it’s often that they’re surrounded by people who aren’t like themselves,” Steve said.