Meet Jake Beaty, the new CEO of Rebuild Upstate. Beaty leads Rebuild Upstate in serving low-income homeowners in the area with repairs and accessibility improvements to create safe, livable housing in existing homes and neighborhoods. The new CEO also brings 20 years of experience in helping lead and grow a multi-city church: NewSpring .
How did you get into this business?
“Almost 20 years ago, I helped start a handyman team at my church and began partnering with many nonprofits in Anderson County. After this, I began to lead the missions department and spent 10 years traveling the world helping churches and foreign nonprofits minister to the poor and hurting in their communities. I have loved the opportunity to be hands-on serving people over the years. When the possibility arose to work with Rebuild Upstate, I loved the vision and mission of the organization and knew I would love to be a part of helping see the vision of serving our neighbors through home preservation continue to be realized.”
What are you most proud of?
“My Children. They are both recent high school graduates and they are amazing young adults. I love who they are and I love their hearts to serve others. Being their dad is the greatest privilege of my life.”
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your time in this industry?
“I believe that God has divine appointments He has created for us with different people we will encounter and have an opportunity to serve. You will never regret loving and serving people. I also believe that in those divine appointments, we receive more than we give. There are hurting people everywhere, and while we can't solve all of their struggles we can step in and play a small part of practically helping and showing compassion to them. It is easy to become overwhelmed with the pain and problems we all see all around us. And being overwhelmed can lead to compassion fatigue and paralyzation. While we can't do everything, we can do something. We start to change the world one person at a time. And when we work together as a team, we multiply what we can do, and accomplish more than we thought possible.”
What is the best advice you’ve received?
“‘Being positive won't guarantee you will succeed. But being negative will guarantee you won't.’ - John Gordon”