Since its inception, hundreds of homes have been repaired by Operation Home, totaling in excess of $1 million. Operation Home’s mission is to help people remain in their homes by increasing safety and accessibility through the coordination of critical home repairs for low-income residents of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties. Operation Home receives referrals from a wide network of providers, including home health agencies, utility companies, churches, schools, disability service centers, and many other social service agencies. We are able to reach even more families through our heat and cold relief programs by providing air conditioners during the summer months and heaters in the winter to low-income families in need. Our work focuses on the people who need us the most: households that contain children, a person with a disability, or an older adult. Operation Home is committed to ensuring that no person has to live in a home that is inaccessible or unsafe.
Sandy Milliken, MSW, Executive Director: Sandy joined Operation Home at the beginning of 2013. She comes to the agency with over 30 years of social work experience and 15 years of nonprofit management with Big Brothers Big Sisters in both Charleston and Richmond, VA. Most recently, Sandy was the principle and owner of RightAid Consulting in Nashville, TN where she aided nonprofits with organizational and fund development. Sandy returned to Charleston in 2012 with a vision and passion for helping low county residents live with hope. As the executive leader of Operation Home, that vision will ensure more elderly and disabled residents will live in safety and wellbeing in their own homes.
Rachel Williams, Client and Volunteer Services Director: Rachel became a full time staff member of Operation Home at the beginning of 2009, after having been a volunteer of the organization for several years. A graduate of Winthrop University with a degree in Sociology, Rachel has a strong background that makes her very effective in this position. Rachel has experience working with diverse groups of people and has a strong working knowledge of poverty and housing issues. Rachel’s warm and inviting personality also makes her particularly adept at working with corporate sponsors and promoting their involvement with Operation Home.
Joe Easley: Joe was hired in June of 2011 as the in-house Construction Manager for Operation Home. Joe’s responsibility is to scope the project sites and prepare cost estimates, solicit the most cost effective bids for the work, and supervise the construction for the client. He also prepares drawings and material lists for handicap ramps and works with volunteer groups to ensure proper construction techniques are utilised. Joe has over 30 years of construction experience – having had his own contracting business for 15 years prior to coming to Operation Home and he also has a Business degree from the College of William and Mary. Joe’s ability to correctly assess the cost of repairs, added with his sincere empathy for the clients we serve, makes him an essential staff member.
Operation Home relies on the support of our dedicated Board of Directors.
2012 Board Members-
Steven Goldberg, President, Steinberg Law Firm
Tripp Moye, Vice President, Chartwell Holdings
Chris Cunniffe, Immediate Past-President, Harbor City Advisors
Lisa Sloan, Secretary
Chris Riley, Treasurer, Greystar
Copey Copleston, Carolina Capital Management
Wes Fuller, Greystar
Buff Ross, AllOneWord Design
Cedric F. Green