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Vera Holloway Vice President, Board of Directors

“Our goal is not to do a few quick missions and check out. Our goal is to equip them with the skills and ability to be able to be sustaining.”

Almost a decade ago around Christmas, Vera Holloway sat on the living room floor with her sister-in-law, Mandy Holloway and together they dreamed up ‘Tour of Homes.’ It was an idea that sparked from wanting to help those in need and it has grown tremendously since then.

Holloway’s passion is for people in crisis, whether it’s helping somebody across the world or helping somebody closer to home. Holloway said, “I truly feel called for the people that no one wants to deal with.” There are four key areas that Holloway wants to keep the main focus of Refuge 127, which are buildings, farming and food, medical, and education. “Our goal is not to do a few quick missions and check out. Our goal is to equip them with the skills and ability to be able to be sustaining.”

Holloway’s expectation for the children of Uganda is to see the finished product of the new orphanage. “The children will live there, so they will have their own dormitories.” Holloway wants them to eventually have their own bunk beds because they are sleeping on dirt floors. She also wants to have the food in a protective storage to where it’s not being eaten by rodents. The buildings are very primitive there so they don’t have things like nice windows, doors, and electricity. The people in Uganda keep it all open to keep the air flowing, but Holloway has applied for some grants that will help Refuge 127 complete a building.

Now a 32-year-old Vice President of Refuge 127 and a counselor, Holloway has realized her dream—helping children from Louisiana to Uganda in whatever way possible. As the vice president, Holloway approves any financial decisions for Refuge 127. She is also in charge of all the fundraising components.