Rick Gilbert, along with wife and two children, are the coordinators for Room in the Inn at St. Luke Catholic Church. For over 24 years, his efforts have helped feed, house, build relationships with hundreds of the local homeless population thru the Urban Ministry Center (Now Roof Above) sponsored program. Rick has worked at Sam’s Club for the past 30 years. The associates, managers, corporate, and members have nicknamed him “The Mayor”. Rick never meets a stranger and it has become a joke between family and friends that you cannot go anywhere without someone knowing him. Rick has been married for 34 years to his wife, Debby. Rick is from Upstate New York where he was raised on a dairy farm. He has lived in England and Texas, courtesy of Debby’s enlistment in the United States Air Force. Rick and Debby have now lived in North Carolina for the past 30 years. Rick has always made sure that his children come first and has strived to ensure that they know the importance of seeing the individual and not their situation.
Rick began turning his dream into a reality in 2018 after speaking with family and friends. Through working with the Room in the Inn program for over 24 years, he saw there was a desperate need for of more than just one night during the harshest months of the year. After build relationships with many neighbors that participated in the program, he saw the need for affordable housing. One of the neighbors quickly became an inspiration to Rick to see the dream come true. This individual lost his battle to sickness because he was living on the streets and was not able to afford rent in the Charlotte area. Rick believes everyone deserves to have a place to call home. Rick’s vision is to see an end to homelessness. He is striving to have Home Again Foundation to be the game changer in the Charlotte area and then eventually nationwide.
President and Founder
John is currently a Project Manager for Ineos Olefins & Polymers USA, a petrochemical company in Alvin, Texas. Prior to this, he spent 23 years serving his country in the United States Air Force as a Logistics Officer and retired Honorably as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2014. During this period, he deployed on multiple occasions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Norther Watch and Operation Southern Watch as well as being instrumental in the coordination of humanitarian mission, Operation Unified Response, ensuring aid to Haiti after the earthquake in 2010.
His deep passion to serve continues … originally hearing about homeless veterans, he then learned about the overarching problem of chronic homelessness. It is his mission to assist Home Again in being successful in the Charlotte area and then expand to other cities and states, ultimately ending the problem of chronic homelessness!
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Southern Illinois University and a Master’s of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Christine is a Financial Center Manager II for Fifth Third Bank in Charlotte, NC. Christine is on a mission to help Military Veterans, she has a unique 20-year background in customer service, leadership, project management and business development.
A proven leader who uses experience, mentoring and inter-personal skills to lead high-performing teams. Christine developed a strong sense of devotion for the veteran community through volunteering and mentoring. During her time as Co- Chair for Fifth Third’s Veterans BRG, this experience gave her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for our region; one veteran at a time.
Vickie comes to Home Again Foundation from holding the title of former Shelter Director of the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and Director of Neighbor Services for The Urban Ministry Center both organizations merged which allowed Vickie to provide 10 Years of Homeless Services. The Newly Merged organizations are currently known as “Roof Above” today.
As Director of Shelter Services, she was responsible for overseeing the implementation of emergency shelter services and basic needs for individuals experiencing street homelessness at the Charlotte homeless day center which included housing case management.
Vickie has a passion for Case Management services, she has mastered the art of responsibly ensuring timely housing for individuals experiencing homelessness. Her experience during her tenure allowed her to master the housing first model and practice harm reduction while connecting with individuals experiencing homelessness and providing them with the motivation, encouragement and support needed to end their homelessness situation. Vickie's passion, commitment to Homeless Services and overarching understanding of maximizing the human potential aligned her with Home Again.
Vickie is dedicated to developing retention programs that will be housed on site that will help individuals maintain housing by creating a sustainability tenant service program focused on housing supportive services, self-sufficiency, and self-advocacy.
Today Vickie works within Case Management with (Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM) providing supportive Services for Veteran Families. Vickie’s return to Case Management was no accident as she continues to demonstrate her passion to stay on the front line with her feet in the ground to ensure that individuals experiencing homelessness receive the necessary services and support to obtain, sustain and maintain housing.