In November of 1959, just 18 years into the life of Greensboro Housing Authority (GHA), Barbara Overstreet started her first day on the job. Dwight D. Eisenhower was president and Public Housing Authorities were the only institution that provided affordable housing in communities. Now in February of 2018, with almost 50 years of collective service, Ms. Overstreet retires.
Ms. Overstreet has seen much in the life of this organization and held multiple positions including Tenant Selection Supervisor, Occupancy Supervisor and Occupancy Manager. She retired for the first time in 1999 after nearly 40 years of service. After a nine-year stretch as a retiree, she returned to the delight of the organization as a part-time Administrative Assistant in the Assisted Housing Department. Over the years, Ms. Overstreet has helped GHA carry out its mission through her unmatched knowledge of programs and her organizational skills. She stayed for almost 10 more years as a part-time employee and now retires for a second time.
The impact that Ms. Overstreet has had on GHA is immeasurable. She is described by her coworkers and warm, friendly, loving and one who cares about her coworkers and clients in everything she does. She is known for sharing her gift of baking to the office, one that will be sorely missed, especially her hummingbird and coconut cakes.
Ms. Overstreet plans to take time to see her family in Georgia but won’t go too far. She expects to come back home to GHA occasionally to volunteer and continue her legacy of friendliness, knowledge and superior service. Hopefully, she will also bake a cake to share every now and then. GHA congratulates Ms. Overstreet on a long and impactful career and sends best wishes for this new chapter.