It took only one stay in Moore County for Amie Fraley and her husband Chris to decide that this is where they wanted to live.
“My husband and I moved to Moore County from my hometown near Dayton, Ohio, in 1998 just a year after getting married,” Amie says. “His brother was working in Southern Pines for Ingersoll-Rand, and he said the town was amazing. We planned to stay just a couple of years and then return to Ohio to start a family, but it only took a few weeks of the beautiful spring weather and new pace of life for us to decide that they would have to drag us out of here kicking and screaming.”
Thanks to Amie and Chris, Moore County soon became home to other members of their family.
“We convinced our extended family to make the move, and now are happy to have two sets of grandparents nearby,” Amie explains. “My husband has been with FirstHealth for most of our time here, working in finance. I worked for three years in public accounting with Dixon Hughes Goodman (formerly Dixon Odom) and loved my coworkers and the friendly clients we had. I began volunteering with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and ultimately began working from home to do fundraising for ACS that covered six counties.”
Despite their busy schedules, the Fraleys began a family. This started a new chapter of roughly ten years for Amie working as a stay-at-home mom.
“We have two biological children and two adopted children and this has been an amazing community in which to raise a family,” she says. “We live in a small neighborhood in Whispering Pines that really is our extended family. Although we are not military, several of our neighbors are, and those moms have taught me great lessons and we have shared many laughs. I couldn’t ask for a better neighborhood and I love knowing these kids will all have these same memories to look back on when they are adults.”
Eventually, Amie began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, joined the Board, and then the staff team.
“It is an incredible organization that is wildly complex and often misunderstood,” she says. “Sharing our homeowners’ successes and the model of Habitat is my passion because it speaks to what we can do as a community, and as neighbors, to strengthen each other and create opportunities.”
Today, Amie serves as the local Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity. She has a real passion for the organization and is a wonderful recruiter of volunteers. Amie and Chris’ decision to make the move here from the Midwest has paid off for them, but Moore County is the one truly reaping the benefits.
“We see wonderful friendships begin at our build sites, and we note that while we are building our walls, we also see other walls (like stereotypes and fear) torn down,” Amie concludes. “It’s a joy to work with a community where the people care so much about each other.”