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Lisa Wise

December 25, 1954 — June 17, 2023

Lisa W. Wise, 68, of Decatur, Georgia, passed away peacefully on June 17, 2023 at her home.

During her extraordinary career in social work, Lisa was passionate about addressing the challenges of homelessness and affordable housing. In 1990, Lisa helped found Initiative for Affordable Housing, a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing and social services to homeless and low-income families in the metropolitan Atlanta area. She served as Executive Director for over thirty years until her death. Her work helped to provide hope and stability to countless people struggling with housing issues. Lisa also recognized the need to provide job training opportunities and used her ingenuity to create re:loom, a program that teaches weaving and leadership skills to individuals who use recycled materials to design and produce handmade products that are sold on-line and in retail stores in the Atlanta area. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Initiative for Affordable Housing (

Lisa is survived by her long-time partner, Gene Mathis, and her brothers, Bruce Wismer of Sarasota, Florida and Samuel Wismer of St. Petersburg, Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Phyllis Wismer of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Lisa was a long-time member of North Decatur Presbyterian Church. A gathering for Lisa's friends will be held on Saturday, July 1 in the Fellowship Hall of North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Road, Decatur, GA, from 10:00 am until noon.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Family Hosted Memorial Service

Saturday, July 1, 2023

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

North Decatur Presbyterian Church

611 Medlock Road, Decatur, GA 30033

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