Interview with Mankato Magazine – published in the November 2014 issue.
Carrol Meyers-Dobler came to Mankato for a fresh start, and has given Partners for Affordable Housing a boost of energy (and funds)
When you meet Carrol Meyers-Dobler, executive director of Partners for Affordable Housing, you can’t help but think she’s capable of conquering our region’s homeless problem simply with good intentions and the warmth of her voice.
But alas, solving such problems takes a lot more than that. Meyers-Dobler is certainly trying, though. Through her leadership, Partners for Affordable Housing is raising more money than ever to help people in our community who have no place to sleep at night. And that includes children. Yes, that’s right. There are children in our community who have no place to call home.
Thanks to people like Meyers-Dobler – as well as some big plans to expand the reach of her work – our community is a better place. The St. Cloud native (who has lived in the Mankato area for three years) was nice enough to answer some questions about her life and the work of Partners for Affordable Housing.
MANKATO MAGAZINE: Tell us what brought you to Mankato:
CARROL MEYERS-DOBLER: My husband and I had always talked that we would retire in Mankato because this is where my two sisters and their families live. His health was not that good and I knew that the day would come when I would be alone. I wanted the safety and security of knowing that I could lean on my sisters, if need be. As it turns out, he did pass nearly six years ago and two years after his death our beautiful home on the banks of the Missouri River in Bismarck, ND was greatly impacted by a 500 year flood. The three-month summer flood that was never supposed to happen served as the trigger for my relocation. I could no longer be without my sisters! I quit one of the best jobs I have ever had, packed up the moving van and came here on a hope and a dream! I have never, ever regretted that decision. My eyes cannot get enough of the beautiful foliage Minnesota has to offer.