Suber receives national HUD appointment
Monette Housing Authority Director Barbara Suber was appointed last month as a member of the Services Commission on the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. She has served in that capacity on the state level for the past two years.
Suber has rearranged the award wall in her office many times to accommodate the many plaques and framed awards she has earned during her 25 years as MHA executive director. She has been recognized locally, county and state wide, in the southwest seven state district of NAHRO and now at the national level. Unable to find space for recent awards, Suber has placed them in standing positions atop credenzas, book shelves and the large desk in her office.
Suber is well known throughout the Buffalo Island area for her service to the community, which consists of numerous Housing ad Urban Development projects, publishing a MHA newsletter, helping develop a mentoring program at BIC West Elementary, serving on the Monette City Beautification Committee and numerous committees at the First Baptist Church, American Red Cross volunteer, officer in Leadership Buffalo Island, American Cancer Society volunteer, and has served with Crowley's Ridge Development Council working with Headstart and Monette Senior Citizens. She has also been instrumental in drafting numerous grants for city wide funding for beautification and park improvement.
Never quite content to rest on her past accomplishments, Suber is always looking toward the future.
"I keep an eye out for the current needs in the community," Suber said. "People deserve affordable public housing and a safe and pleasant environment in which to live. The people who live here are busy volunteers and are interested in the people and things going on around them. I feel the most significant contribution I can make is to empower others to help themselves and be a positive part of the community."
A motto in Suber's office reads, "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime."
Suber has committed her life to serving people, working for progress and giving people a promise for a better tomorrow. With an attitude like that, there is no wonder that such awards and accolades have come her way. Somehow you get the feeling what she has accomplished so far is just the tip of the iceberg.