Mac Edwards was named the Executive Director of Caritas Village in May of 2018 to help welcome in its grand reopening and remodel.
Edwards moved to Memphis in 1977 and has never left. He was the creator of McEwen’s on Monroe and The Farmer restaurants, among others. Mac is a founding board member of The Memphis Farmers Market and Mid South Sober Living.
On his move to Binghamton and Caritas Community Center and Cafe, Mac puts it simply: “It was my chance to make a difference, to do something good.”
Onie Johns left her suburban Germantown life to engage in a “ministry of presence.” Through Caritas Village, which she founded, Onie strives to “break down walls of hostility between races, rich and poor, and provide a positive street-corner alternative for neighborhood children.”
Caritas Village now includes a restaurant and offers a wide range of cultural and arts activities to the additionally, the Village offers a theater, art studio, free health clinic, after-school programs, tutoring and ESL programs. All this hospitality and all the services are available in Binghamton, one of Memphis’ most under served neighborhoods.
"Onie Johns is passionate about community and the arts and believes that creativity is more valuable than knowledge and feels that we are all sojourners on earth and that there is “enough” for everyone."
In her efforts to build strong families in Binghamton and to create racial harmony throughout the city, Onie has joined forces with Service Over Self, Bridges, Jacob’s Ladder and numerous churches, among others. Onie’s life and work personify the values of the Women’s Foundation.
The Legends Award pays tribute to women whose work embodies the mission of the Women’s Foundation.