October 2, 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

Southwest Florida Eagle Cam
Southwest Florida Eagle Cam

Over the past two bald eagle breeding seasons, more than 20 million viewers have watched the nesting activities of eagles Ozzie and Harriet by means of a camera mounted above their nest.

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

Comic-book and gaming stores are expanding across Florida. The state's major comic & video game themed conventions continue to generate increased interest and revenue. What's your level of participation in the world of comics & gaming?

  • All in! I love gaming and/or comics! We're in a new Golden Age of entertainment!
  • I manage the occasional game or graphic novel, from time to time...
  • Does Candy Crush count?
  • Are you kidding? I don't have time for any of that stuff...

See Results

Ballot Box
Subscribe