Dick considers himself to have begun his journey towards becoming a Firesoul six years before the he found his way to Nature Sacred. At that time, Dick had co-founded a Pollinator Micro-Habitat/Garden Classroom on the Mt. Royal E/MS campus in his Bolton Hill, Baltimore neighborhood. The project took 15 months to complete and involved partnering and fundraising with a number of local organizations and individuals.
In 2020, Dick became a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) which marked his transition from certifying green buildings under the LEED rating system to a full commitment towards cleaner water and sustainable landscapes. Stitched into this fabric of this work was his faith experience with deep racism at his Bolton Hill church, Memorial Episcopal, through 1950s. He has since been a dedicated member of his community, while working to deconstruct the intersecting environmental and racial inequalities that affect communities like his.