Media release: Habitat for Humanity- Coosa Valley announces the retirement of Executive Director Bruce Day effective May 31. Day began his service as Executive Director on June 1, 2004, and will have completed 15 years of service through Habitat at the time of his retirement.
Previously, he served as the Director of Christian Social Ministries with the Floyd County Baptist Association for 16 years. During that period he served on the Habitat Board for three years, one year as Board President. Also during that time he organized the Bill and Evelyn Willis Honorary Build.
One of his first actions as Executive Director was to open ReStore (then HomeMart) in west Rome. He has twice overseen the relocation of ReStore, first to Central Plaza and then to its current location at 95 Three Rivers Drive.
Bruce initiated several periodic theme builds- Women Build, Building on Faith and Home Builders Blitz. He also oversaw several one-time theme builds- Braves Build, Love Builds and Building on the Dream.
After Hurricane Katrina, Bruce led two teams to Slidell, La.– one made up of Roman volunteers; the other was a team of Berry College students.
Day began the home repairs programs Critical Home Repair and A Brush with Kindness. During his tenure with Habitat, he has overseen the construction of 23 homes, the rehab of 11 homes and the repair of 54 homes. He also oversaw the expansion of the geographical service area from Floyd County to include Polk and Chattooga counties, with the name change to Habitat for Humanity- Coosa Valley.
In 2018, Bruce oversaw the inauguration of a new signature fundraising event- The Hard Hats and High Heels Gala. He also created the Bill Willis Legacy Society, named in memory of Habitat’s longtime volunteer, mentor and friend.
Bruce and Jaki are founding members of the Bill Willis Legacy Society and are Habitat Silver Circle members. They are the parents of Aimee Yeager and Shannon Himes and have four grandchildren- Kate, Henry, Noah and Thea — with whom they plan to spend much time. The Days plan to move to Townsend, Tenn., where they plan to hike, cycle and kayak.
The Habitat Board of Directors is conducting a search for the next Executive Director. Contact Diane Lewis, board president, for more.