CHESTERTOWN — Wayne Rickert recently joined Rebuilding Together Kent County as executive director.
Rebuilding Together is a national organization with more than 160 affiliates whose mission is to repair homes, revitalize communities and rebuild lives — all at no cost to the homeowner.
According to a news release, Rickert comes to Rebuilding Together Kent County by way of a long history of volunteering with Appalachia Service Project, a home repair ministry whose mission is to make homes warmer, safer and drier.
Rickert is a serial entrepreneur inspired by the challenge of establishing businesses, the release states. He is an avid reader and passionate about serving and working with homeless and housing issues. He has written two books, “LifeNudge” and “HisNudge,” sharing the idea of creating nudges that not only help move us in the direction of personal goals but ultimately in achieving a higher purpose for our life.
Rickert and his wife Jen moved to Chestertown last year and are happy to be here, the release states. They have six children in the Philadelphia area. His wife’s parents are moving to Heron Point in the fall.
Rickert is excited about leading Rebuilding Together Kent County and working in partnership with local community volunteers to provide home repairs, accessibility modifications and access to community resources to keep low-income homeowners living independently in safe, dry and warm homes.
To re-energize Rebuilding Together Kent County, the organization is offering a free home safety checkup on Saturday, Sept. 21. All residents here are encouraged to contact Rebuilding Together Kent County at 410-708-9936 to arrange for their free home safety checkup on Sept. 21 or to volunteer to do the safety checks.
Additionally, Rebuilding Together Kent County has announced receiving a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that will allow the organization to build capacity and sustainability to provide quality home repair and rehabilitation and community revitalization services to neighbors in need.
The $125,000 HUD grant was secured through Rebuilding Together’s national office. The four-year grant will help develop and implement a model program of rural capacity building through customized needs assessment, board and organizational development, funding and manpower resources, engaging the community and community revitalization.
“As we work to ensure everyone can live in a safe home and community, we must not forget about our rural neighbors who face unique housing challenges,” said Caroline Blakely, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “Through this grant from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, Rebuilding Together affiliates in rural areas will be well positioned to provide critical home repairs in their service territory for years to come.”
For more information about Rebuilding Together Kent County, visit www.rebuildingtogetherkcmd.org or call 410-708-9936.