As director of permanent housing, Neibert Richards has oversight of the agency’s Permanent Supportive Housing and Rapid Rehousing programs, as well as supportive service delivery with a local housing partner.
Neibert joined ECS in 1996 as a foster care social worker. Soon after, Neibert carried the role of program manager, supervising masters-level social work staff, navigating city and government contracts, developing program procedures and manuals, and managing a 3 million dollar foster care budget.
Her range of work also includes supporting young adults in ECS’ workforce development program as its support services coordinator, and facilitating training workshops for Resource parents at the annual Pennsylvania Council Children Youth and Family Services (PCCYFS) conferences in Philadelphia. Collectively, Neibert has more than 20 years of child welfare experience, working with children, families, and city child welfare agencies.
She completed her undergraduate studies at Albright College, earning a bachelor’s degree in social work in 1995. The following year, she graduated from Temple University Advanced Standing Social Work program with a master’s degree in social work.
Additionally, she holds a certificate in Trauma Informed Practice from Bryn Mawr University and a certificate in group facilitation from the Department of Human Services Parent Action Network. She is a licensed social worker for the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.