Tell us about yourself and what you do at your organization.
I held various management position at Philip Morris for 30 years before beginning my nonprofit career in 2009 as the volunteer manager for Special Olympics VA. I then moved on to become the grants manager for William Byrd Community House before accepting the position of executive director with Rebuilding*Together Tri-Cities in 2010. I’ve found that working for a nonprofit is not very different from working for a for-profit – the challenges of serving a customer while managing a business are very similar.
We are an affiliate of the national organization and our vision is a safe and healthy home for every person. We are committed to improving the lives of our homeowners by making, at times, life-changing repairs to their homes. These repairs and neighborhood revitalizations are provided free of charge as we are fortunate to have volunteer and financial support from numerous local industries, faith and civic organizations.
What do you love about your work and what are you most proud of?
What I find most rewarding are the hugs and tears we experience when a homeowner sees the improvements made to their home and knowing we’re making a difference in the lives of residents and their neighborhoods.
A major challenge and one of our biggest accomplishments was successfully expanding our footprint of services from just the City of Petersburg to the full Tri-Cities area – covering Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Prince George, and the Ettrick/Matoaca areas of Chesterfield.
What’s coming next?
We are working toward a goal of repairing about 50 homes a year. We are working hard to cultivate new volunteer groups that will help us begin work in the counties and to continue our work in the cities. I would love to be able to offer projects every weekend! We currently are looking forward to our Hopewell Building Day in September.