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Maximum Impact: Service fits Rebecca Cartee like a glove

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When Rebecca Cartee found her way to NeighborWorks Columbus almost 12 years ago, it was like the perfect fit.

Rebecca has been with NeighborWorks almost since the organization's start in 2002, hired originally as the grant coordinator and currently serving as the grants and compliance officer. Her heart for helping others to achieve the American Dream, combined with her family background and love of writing, makes her role at NeighborWorks exactly right.

It took Rebecca a few stepping stones to find her way to the organization, though. She first served as a counselor for Juvenile Services for her career, while writing grants as a hobby on the side for the Homeless Resource Network, where she served on the Board of Directors.

"I had a hard time achieving results counseling juvenile girls who didn't want to change," she said. Her mom saw an ad for Enrichment Services Program, Inc. for a grant writer position, and Rebecca decided to give it a shot and took her first official job in the field.

"I discovered I actually like doing this so much better," she said.

Rebecca's grandfather was a home builder, and when the NeighborWorks position became available, she knew she had to take it.

"We help a group of people who ordinarily wouldn't think they could have a house," she said. "I like helping people who fall through everybody else's cracks."

The Columbus Cottage Program, in particular, is especially close to Rebecca's heart.

Ultimately, Rebecca's drive for all her nonprofit work comes down to her love for people.

"There is such a big difference in our society between those who have and those that don't. It's incumbent upon us who have even a little to help," she said. "If we can help, I think we're supposed to."

Rebecca also has a side business, Editing by Rebecca, where she edits manuscripts for independent authors. She started her venture in October and has had great success already.

About NeighborWorks Columbus

NeighborWorks® Columbus’, a community-based 501c (3) nonprofit organization, mission is to provide access to fit and affordable housing for all citizens of low to moderate income. NeighborWorks® Columbus’ vision and deep commitment remains to improve the quality of life through the elimination of substandard housing and the revitalization of target neighborhoods.  For more information about NeighborWorks® Columbus and its services, visit www.nwcolumbus.org.

Holli Melancon

NeighborWorks Columbus blogger

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