Clay McQuerry spent the first 18 years of his life in Buckner, Missouri, and graduated from Fort Osage High School in 1979. He received a Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree and a Master of Divinity degree from Texas Christian University before returning to Missouri.
“While pastoring for 16 years, I went on numerous mission trips all over the United States, Canada, and Mexico. I always enjoyed helping the less fortunate people we served on those trips, but I also yearned to have an avenue to help the less fortunate people who lived close by. I knew the need was there, even in my own neighborhood, but I did not know how to connect with them or how to help in some way.
When I found Rebuilding Together, I discovered the avenue I was seeking to help the less fortunate and disadvantaged in this area. Thanks to the gracious support of donors and the willing hands of volunteers, we do all we can to improve living conditions and to make homes more safe, accessible, and livable.”
With the help of several community leaders, Clay started Rebuilding Together Clay County in 2001. This affiliate has grown to where between 400 and 500 volunteers complete essential home repairs and safety modifications every year.