April 24, 2014

Profile

Faithworks Interfaith Ministries/ Restore North Florida

Two non-profits make housing for poor and disabled.

Chris Sherman | 6/17/2011

After 25 years with Regions Bank, most recently as Panama City bank president, Rick Dye took a buyout in 2009 and has transitioned from bank president to social entrepreneur.

With the help of volunteers and two non-profits he established — Faithworks Interfaith Ministries Network and Restore North Florida — he's turning the 19 stone cottages of Pensacola's 70-year-old Town & Country Motel into affordable housing for the poor and disabled. "We're looking for other motels to convert," he says.

Dye has also organized Willing Workers, a program for unemployed construction workers seeking odd jobs, and Members Tool Club, where workers can rent big outdoor tools by the day — both designed to help people become self-sustaining.

"It's hard to sit back and not do something," says Dye, "when you know in your cell phone you have the resources to help."

Tags: Northwest

Digital Access

DIRECT DIGITAL ACCESS
Add digital to your current subscription, purchase a single ditgital issue, or start a new subscription to Florida Trend.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
An overview of the features and articles in this month's issue of Florida Trend.

ACCESS THIS ISSUE »

Florida Business News

Florida Trend Video Pick

Water is the instrument at Florida Orchestra concerts
Water is the instrument at Florida Orchestra concerts

Florida Orchestra Percussionist John Shaw and his water basin will be center stage for the Tan Dun Water Concerto, a unique production of light and sound being performed by the Florida Orchestra.

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

How quickly must we act to protect Florida's dying springs?

  • Immediately - Florida's House and Senate must pass SB 1576
  • Not a priority - issue can be postponed
  • This shouldn't even be on the agenda

See Results

Ballot Box
Subscribe