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ESR Officially Announces New Leadership

WINSTON-SALEM – Experiment in Self-Reliance Board of Directors name the new Executive Director of Experiment in Self-Reliance (ESR).


ESR, a local non-profit and leading player in “Empowering Social and Economic Self-Reliance for the working Low-Income and Homeless” has appointed Fred Bazemore as the Executive Director of the agency.  Chartered in 1964, and celebrating 60 years of serving the community, the agency has been fulfilling its mission of helping families help themselves through the assistance of Mr. Bazemore who has been in leadership at ESR for over 20 years.


Fred is a native to Tarboro, North Carolina and a graduate of Winston-Salem State University. Prior to joining ESR, he was a former Senior Regional Portfolio Property Manager, Senior Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Director and Housing Finance Director.


The new Executive Director extends his commitment to non-profit work beyond his employment through his community activism, serving on many boards and committees that focus on issues around employment, housing, transportation, financial literacy, economic development, and education for the low-income residents of Forsyth County and North Carolina. Fred is a former member of the Piedmont Triad Workforce Development Board and currently serves on the North Carolina Community Action Association (NCCAA) Board of Directors, the “CARES” Project Board of Directors, and serves as the Western District Chairman for the NCCAA.


When not advocating for the low-income in the community, you can find Fred the “Avid Golfer,” as many know him, on the golf course, participating as an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and a member of St. Peter’s World Outreach Center.


For more information on ESR, visit or call 336-722-9400. 


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About ESR 

ESR is a non-profit Community Action Agency. Its mission is to empower social and economic self-reliance for the working low-income and homeless. Programs serve the working low to moderate income population in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, helping people locate safe and affordable housing, increase their education, attend financial education classes, have their taxes prepared at no cost and more.

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