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Rebuilding Together: Home Modifications for Those in Need
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Rebuilding Together: Home Modifications for Those in Need

Rebuilding Together is a nonprofit organization that began in Midland, Texas in 1973. Upon realizing a need to help people that were unable to make their own home repairs, the group of volunteers dedicated their time to repair homes for low-income families in need, elderly and disabled homeowners.

By 1988, the organization formed its national headquarters. Across the country, volunteers modify and repair 10,000 homes each year, with the help of 100,000 volunteers. It has a national network of affiliates spanning 39 states, including the District of Columbia.

Like many of the affiliates, Rebuilding Together Southwest Illinois provides home repairs and modifications to low-income families, the elderly and disabled homeowners. Rebuilding Together of Southwest Illinois is “focused on ensuring low-income homeowners are safe, warm, and dry” so that these homeowners can live independently in a warm, safe and dry home. The home repair and modification projects often include building ramps, painting, and installing grab bars,

Rebuilding Together has a formidable network of corporate partners. Some of these corporations that are involved with the group are:

Sherwin-Williams: Works with the organization to promote “Lead Safe Work Practices” by organizing their own Rebuilding Together affiliate in the greater Los Angeles area.

Spectrum Housing Assist: Through "Spectrum Housing Assist", Spectrum partners with Rebuilding Together and employee volunteers to improve the homes of those in need.

Lowe’s: Since 2007, over 4,000 of Lowe’s Heroes” have logged in over 39,000 hours to help rebuild homes for those in need.

Sears: Through their partnership with Rebuilding Together, Sears has helped over 15,500 low-income military families in need of critical home repairs.

NBA Cares: The NBA “All-Star Day of Service has teamed up with volunteers to make critical home repairs. Since 2008, NBA Cares has donated over 12,000 hours of service among its 1,200 volunteers. Past All-Star volunteers, such as LeBron James and Kevin Durant have also participated in projects.

In 2017, network affiliates have repaired over 9,700 homes and have renovated approximately 284 community spaces, facilities, and centers.

Rebuilding Together offers a helpful checklist for homeowners that are interested in identifying hazards in their homes. You may search for affiliates in your own state on the website.

Image credit: Photo by Sherman Yang on Unsplash

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