The work of Sioux Falls Thrive is driven by the commitment of more than 100 volunteers. They serve on our three Action Teams, provide leadership in the community, and offer a wealth of experience to benefit children in Sioux Falls.
Roger Jacobs is active as a member of the Housing Action Team. He serves as South Dakota Field Office Director for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Here’s a little more information about Roger and his commitment to Thrive.
There is more to you than a job title.
Tell us about the work that really lights your fire or boosts your spirit.
Adequate housing is a fundamental need for everyone. When partners at the federal, state and local level come together to expand or preserve housing for a vulnerable population, that is extremely satisfying.
You chose to live and work in this community.
What is it about Sioux Falls that makes it the place you want to be right now?
I have lived in Sioux Falls for just over 20 years and it is home. Other places I’ve lived never really felt like home. Sioux Falls has most everything my family wants or needs, and there is a sense of community that I haven’t experienced in other places I’ve lived.
What’s Thrive to you?
You are always involved in meetings and volunteering to help with the next right thing. Tell us what about Thrive makes you want to participate in this work?
Not any one person or one organization can accomplish everything. Thrive helps in creating partnerships with the right organizations and people to work on solutions to some very complex challenges.
Finally, how about the rest of your world?
I have been married to my wife Bonnie for 42 years. We have two grown sons and seven grandchildren ranging in age from 5 to 13. Grandkids and church consume much of our time. We enjoy fishing but don’t get to do that as much as we like.