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Michael Collins brings the residential housing experience his position demands as the Director of Housing and Community Initiatives. The Syracuse native’s familiarity and understanding of the housing market brings a comprehension of the industry essential to a program that assists clients maintain an independence that is both comforting and rewarding, and integral to the diverse community in which InterFaith Works clients live.
Michael owned Small Job Specialists, a residential remodeling and repair construction project management company with a strong customer base in the Syracuse University area. His expertise in assisting clients in the design, budget and project management processes translate seamlessly to his work with the Housing and Community Initiatives program, “I’ve always been interested in the relationship people have with their homes,” Michael says. “I have enjoyed being part of creating and maintaining the environment that a client desires, which is key to them maintaining their independence.”
His familiarity with the nonprofit sector will serve him well in his new position, as Michael is on the Board of Directors at the Jowonio School, which shares administrative office location space with InterFaith Works on Genesee Street in Syracuse. He has also served in various capacities with Reading is Fundamental and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, “Working at InterFaith Works is an opportunity for me to be with a vibrant agency and continue pursuing my interests in the in the housing and construction industry,” continues Michael. “To do so as we serve people in our community that are low income, or may have disability challenges, make the work both rewarding and interesting.”