Rebecca J. P., Volunteer Coordinator

Rebecca Pruitt is a 26-year veteran of nonprofit service. She started her professional career as an institutional broker in the investment industry while renovating houses as investment properties. She left Wall Street to raise her family and began working with the Homeless and Hunger ministry through the Episcopal Church in New Jersey. During this time, she was the volunteer/food drive coordinator for the second largest feeding program in NJ, and later became their treasurer and the Chairperson of the board. While involved in the operations of the program, she became a lecturer, presenter, and advocate of this ministry throughout the state of New Jersey. She owned her own company in the construction/renovation industry and served as head of buildings and properties in her church. She served as a leader in the special needs community, through advocacy and working on grants that leveled the playing field, literally having served as the chair and construction manager of an ADA compliant outdoor play area, the first of its kind in the nation in a public school setting. After Superstorm Sandy, she worked as an advocate for homeowners with their insurance claims and rebuilds both professionally and providing services on a pro bono basis. The Episcopal Church asked her to step up and work to provide food services to the community that the was poorest and hardest hit in the storm. When health concerns for one of her children became a major concern, she moved to the region seeking a climate change and medical care. Her decision to join Habitat is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to partner in providing a safe and warm home for others (a great investment) and building a better community.