North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) President and Chief Executive Officer Don Patrick announced that Mark Blackwell of Hannibal has been promoted from contract maintenance technician to supervisor of the NECAC Self-Help Housing Home Rehabilitation program.
NECAC is a 12-county area not-for-profit social service, community health and public housing Community Action Agency that serves the low-income, elderly, youth, disabled and disadvantaged. The agency’s Central Administration Offices are located in Bowling Green, with NECAC Service Centers operated in each county.
Under the Self-Help program, NECAC was awarded a $159,000 USDA Rural Development grant to finance renovation work at 26 owner-occupied homes in Marion, Pike and Ralls counties. The program also now covers Monroe County. Blackwell is working with income-qualifying people to provide one-on-one instruction on the skills they need to do the renovation work. Supplies are purchased by the program, but labor is contributed by families or individuals.
"I like working at NECAC because I like that we are helping people," Blackwell said. "It’s a great satisfaction when we can help someone who needs a hand up."
Blackwell is a 1996 graduate of Quincy, Ill., Senior High School and has more than 20 years of experience in construction. He also has auto mechanics training. He and his wife, Brandi, have two children. Blacksell’s hobbies include boating, camping and meeting people.
For more information about the Self-Help program, call Blackwell at 573-324-2251.