NFL star turned philanthropist, Warrick Dunn has been making dreams a reality for single-parent families through the nonprofit he launched in 1997, Homes for the Holidays. Witnessing the struggles of his own single mother, Dunn was inspired to help break the cycles of generational poverty by assisting in homeownership. The nonprofit provides furnishings, down payment assistance and more, and has so far, turned over 220 houses into homes. As Dunn says, "One, I saw her work ethic. And two, I saw, when we didn't have anything as a family ... she would give her last to people... for me, that set the example". The charity is part of a larger initiative, Warrick Dunn Charities, dedicated to strengthening communities and combating poverty. The joy of a 'fresh start' is the result, as one grateful recipient put it.

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