Rebuilding Together® Boston (RTB) is the Boston affiliate of Rebuilding Together, a national organization that renovates houses of people unable to pay for essential home repairs and much-needed updates. Non-profit organizations that own their own facilities are also eligible for RTB's assistance. There is no cost to the recipients.
RTB organizes and collaborates with skilled workers, trades people, volunteers, and other community members and non-profit organizations to meet the pressing needs of our communities through:
- preserving affordable housing
- stabilizing neighborhoods
- providing safety, security and independence to our clients
- reducing the risk of homelessness
RTB recipients own their home or facility, but they can not afford to pay for critical repairs due to many factors beyond their control. These include rising property taxes; fixed incomes that have not keep pace with the cost of living; and loss of income or financial hardship resulting from medical emergencies or advancing age.
Since our founding in 1991, RTB has completed over 350 renovation projects (often top to bottom major repairs for an estimated total value of over $6.5 million). We rely on financial support from individual contributors, foundations, and corporations to carry out RTB's mission. At present, the organization receives no funding from government agencies.
We also rely on donations of goods and services from corporations and other vendors. These donations bring in four dollars of additional value for every dollar RTB spends on repair/renovation work. RTB succeeds because it is “people helping people,” in keeping with the great American tradition of “barn raising” by friends and neighbors.
"I became involved with RTB in its first year in Boston when it was known as Christmas in April. The program is compelling -- working together with skilled and unskilled volunteers to keep people safe and warm in their homes. On one day, we have made an impact on a single home and on entire neighborhoods. Time and time again I saw lives of homeowners and volunteers greatly enriched by a single day of helping. And, for me, the best part of each rebuilding day is the hug received from the homeowner."
-- Steve Sousa, volunteer and past Board member