Dr. David and Linda Brown receive 2017 Humanitarian Award

On a clear December day, Dr. David and Linda Brown were honored with the 2017 Humanitarian Award for their work providing a place for Springfield’s homeless population to feel at home — and soon provide actual homes as well.

David and Linda, a retired orthopedic surgeon and Realtor, respectively, moved to downtown Springfield a decade ago. They soon made the homeless population their post-retirement passion, opening The Gathering Tree and now pursuing Linda’s vision for Eden Village, a tiny-home park currently in development on East Division Street. In a year, 30 homeless men will have permanent dwellings in manufactured tiny homes on the property.

Dr. David and Linda Brown spoke to CFO’s Louise Knauer, who wrote about the deeply religious couple’s journey from meeting new neighbors in downtown Springfield to creating homes for their “friends.”

CFO’s annual Humanitarian Award was created by Mrs. Jewell Thompson Schweitzer to honor individuals in our region who place service to others as the primary motivating force in their lives. The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce organizes a committee to review nominations and select the annual recipient. The winner receives a $5,000 cash award, which he or she has traditionally donated to a favorite charity.

The Browns will donate their $5,000 award to The Gathering Tree and Eden Village to help continue to fund the organizations’ missions.

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