14 Dec, 2023

Caring Well for Families

with Shawn Duncan, Shell Stafford, & Ashley Edwards
Season 3,
  Episode 7
Place Matters
Place Matters
Caring Well for Families

Housing is hard work. From the cost and complications of acquisitions, to the challenges of sustainable development, to the complexities of the market, housing is not for the faint of heart. But, just getting houses built and made affordable is not the whole story. Ensuring that individuals are housed in ways that lead to flourishing people and places, means we have to care deeply for the people to ensure they have all the support necessary for succeeding in place. Joining Shawn to talk about how we care well for those who buy and rent from us are two of the rock stars on the FCS Mixed-Income Housing team – Shell Stafford, our Family Services Manager, and Ashely Edwards, our Resident Services Manager.

Show notes

Shawn Duncan, Director of The Lupton Center
Dr. Shawn Duncan is the Director of FCS’s Training and Consulting Division, The Lupton Center. Shawn comes to FCS from the nonprofit leadership sector with research and writing focused on pedagogies for social impact. In his previous careers he has focused on multi-sector coalition building for community impact, content and curriculum design, group facilitation, leadership development, and immigration reform advocacy. As the leader of The Lupton Center team, Shawn brings a visionary voice for innovation, a strategic mind for resource development, and the leadership acumen to support and equip the team for success. He loves being a part of a mission-driven team that finds joy in one another while doing such important work.

Ashley Edwards, Resident Services Manager at FCS
 Edwards is an Atlanta native, coming from a faith-based home, in which the desire to serve was instilled in her at a young age. A graduate of Georgia State University, taking up Business Administration with a concentration in Hospitality, she decided to obtain her Real Estate Salesperson and later her Broker License, so that she could further serve and minister to those around her, by way of her love and passion for all things Real Estate. Over the years, she has served in various roles, including a Realtor, Investor Specialist, Probate Specialist, Project Manager and Property Manager, working with various individuals to help them achieve their Real Estate goals. As of late, she has been afforded the opportunity to serve as the Resident Services Manager for Focused Community Strategies, where she works with families, assisting them with financial resources, lease management, and housing related needs, as well as helping them prepare for homeownership, if they so choose. In her free time, she loves to spend time with family and friends, try new foods, and try different relaxation activities while raising her two daughters, ages 10 and 7 who keep her very busy and out of trouble!


Special thanks to our podcast editor, Tim Rhodes, for making this episode possible. If you are interested in working with Tim, you can contact him via email at tim@whistlingblue.com, or through his website, whistlingblue.com. If you have questions, feedback, or wish to contact us, please email Bekah Klein at bekah@fcsministries.org.