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Rebuilding More Than Homes

Together we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities.


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Our Sponsors (Alphabetical Order)


Better-homes-Garden


Blue-Cross-Blue-Shield


Codman-Square


Collette


Gilbane

Janice--Walker

Lowes


Proteck


Walsh-Brothers


Walsh


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Mission and History

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.

Programs and Services

How We Work Recipients of RTB services are chosen without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, age or gender. We use income guidelines from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as one guide in helping to determine the qualifications of applicants.Anyone can volunteer for RTB. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, roofers, and other skilled trades people are always in demand. But energetic novices, do-it-yourselfers, and unskilled volunteers can all pitch in to preserve and protect our communities.

The Selection Process The locally-based process of qualification and selection requires completion of an application and a site inspection by RTB staff and construction experts. Eligible homeowners are low-income Boston residents including the elderly, disabled, veterans and others in need who are unable to make the needed repairs themselves. Non-profit organizations must own their facility and be unable to pay for the work required out of their yearly budget.

Application forms are available by calling our office or on line. Referrals are also accepted from a variety of sources including non-profit agencies, social service organizations, faith-based organizations, and individuals.

RTB offers three programs of service:

National Rebuilding Day© On the last Saturday in April, volunteers come together to donate their time, talent, and resources for a “hands-on” day of home or non-profit-facility renovations. This is our largest effort traditionally involving over 700 volunteers working on sites across the City.

Year-Round Program Utilizes only skilled labor and offers homeowners and non-profit organizations the opportunity to receive more complex renovation services such as roof and gutter repairs, window installations and the like.

Special Service Days offers corporations, service organizations, affinity groups, faith-based organizations and other groups the opportunity to sponsor a volunteer day of service between May and October.

Some of the organizations served through our programs include the New England Center for Homeless Veterans; Project Hope; Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly; AIDS Action; Brookview House; Dorchester Nazarene Compassionate Care Center; and, Greenwood Church.

FAQs

Who Can Apply For Services?

RTB provides assistance to low-income residents in the City of Boston only who own their own homes but who, because of physical or income limitations, are not able to meet the costs of home repair. Typically, these individuals are elderly, veterans or have a disability, but families and others in need are also served through our work. In addition, we serve Boston’s non-profit organizations that own their own facilities but cannot afford, due to budget constraints, to do needed repairs or renovations.

Who Is Considered Low Income?

RTB uses income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as one criteria for homeowner applicant selection. These guidelines range from 1 person -up to $30,050; 2 people –up to $34,300; 3 people – up to 38, 600; four people – up to 42,900, etc. Please contact our office if you have any questions about income guidelines.

How Are Sites Selected?

Homeowners and non-profits are encouraged to contact our office for an application or download them directly from our website – Homeowner Application, Non-Profit Application Referrals are also accepted from a variety of sources including non-profit agencies, social service organizations, faith-based organizations, and individuals

Once I Apply What Happens?

Upon receipt of a completed application, the Site Selection Committee reviews all applications received. The Committee is made up of RTB Board and senior staff members as well as representatives of the construction industry. If selected for further review, a home or facility inspection takes place to identify the needed repairs and/or renovations. Applicants will then be notified by mail of their acceptance for RTB services.

If Accepted for Services, How Long Before the Work Begins?

Project timing is based upon available funding from corporations, foundations, individuals and other donors. A project accepted for National Rebuilding Day will take place the last Saturday in April each year.

Is There A Fee For Services?

All repairs are provided at no cost to the recipient. Family members and non-profit staff are asked to participate as extensively as possible in the rehabilitation of their homes or non-profit centers.

When Is the Work Done?

Our major service day is National Rebuilding Day held on the last Saturday in April. We also hold Special Service Days for volunteer groups from May through October, and provide services throughout the year through our Year-Round Program which utilizes only skilled labor for more complex repair projects.

Who Can Volunteer?

Anyone can volunteer! In addition to non-skilled volunteers (novices are welcome), we seek skilled trades people and “weekend warriors” who do their own repairs. Volunteers are given assignments and/or training based upon their skill levels so that everyone feels comfortable with, and energized about, their contribution.

Is There An Age Limit to Volunteer?

Able bodied adults of any age can volunteer. Children ages 13 and up can volunteer if accompanied by an adult.

How Can I/My Company or Organization Help?

Become a supporter and/or a volunteer! You, your company or your organization can participate by: (1) adopting/sponsoring a site that will benefit from our services; (2) providing donated labor, supplies, equipment and other needs; and, (3) donating your time and talent for a project.

Who Supports the Organization?

RTB is privately funded and does not currently rely on funding from city, state, or federal governments. All donations come from a variety of sources: corporations, foundations, civic associations, alumni associations, faith-based organizations, and individuals –- all those interested in helping to build a better community. Every dollar donated is leveraged with over four dollars in donated goods and services. Our program is a success because it is “people helping people” to provide safety, security, health and independence to those in need.

What Types of Donated Skilled Labor, Supplies and Equipment Do You Need?

RTB typically is in need of skilled electricians, plumbers, carpenters, roofers, flooring contractors, and remediation labor, but all trades are utilized in our work.

The types of supplies and equipment we traditionally need are: energy efficient windows, doors and appliances; safety items such as smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, grab bars and related items; paint; commercial and home lighting; flooring; dumpsters; landscaping materials; and scaffolding, among other items.

General supplies such as paint brushes and rollers, paper towels, gloves and drop cloths are also needed. Please contact our office if you have items you would like to donate.

Is Rebuilding Together Affiliated With A Particular Religion?

No. The program serves all people and embraces people of all faiths, racial and ethnic groups, ages, and sexes.

How Can I Start A Rebuilding Together Program?

Rebuilding Together is a nationally trademarked organization. Anyone interested in organizing a program should contact the national Rebuilding Together office at: (800) 473-4229 or (202) 483-9083 to request further information or go to rebuildingtogether.org.

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Board Members & Staff

Karen Clay, Executive Director

Board of Directors

Michael Potter, Chair Vice President & Marketing Director, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc
Aaron Carty, Esq. Secretary Legislative Counsel, Office of State Senator Karen Spilka
Anthony Saladino, Treasurer, CPA
Michael Marcella, Senior Project Manager, Gilbane Building Company
Tom O’Grady, CEO, Pro Teck Services
Chris Pedersen, Vice President, Marketing Database, Grand Circle Corporation
Kaitlin Sprong, National Director of Corporate Partnerships, City Year
Nick Starusky, Superintendent, Skanska USA
Janice Walker, Principal, JD Walker Communications

 

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Thank you to our 2017 NRD sponsors (Alphabetical Order)

Better-homes-Garden
Blue-Cross-Blue-Shield
Booz
Codman-Square
Collette
Fitzemeyer
Gilbane
Janice--Walker
Lowes
Proteck
Walsh
Walsh-Brothers
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“I want to thank all involved. They did a fantastic job and worked as a team. Everyone was so professional and very friendly. I could not have felt so comfortable around strangers.” – Dorchester Homeowner

“I started volunteering with Rebuilding Together Boston about eleven years ago because it seemed a great idea to help people stay in their own homes, make them safe and warm and give a general fix up ” – Steve Souza

“The veterans, staff, and Board of Directors of NECHV are extremely grateful to Rebuilding Together (RT) Boston for their overwhelming support and friendship this year, and we all appreciate the fine renovations that help us further our mission.” – New England Center for Homeless Veterans

Testimonials

“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

“I enjoyed the replacement of my windows. I had so much air coming through and loss of energy that I immediately felt the difference once (they were) installed. I want to thank all involved. They did a fantastic job and worked as a team. Everyone was so professional and very friendly. I could not have felt so comfortable around strangers. I am not a church person but I thank G-d for the goodness and kindness that was given to me.”

– Dorchester homeowner

Without the help of RT Boston, both projects, which were greatly needed, would not have occurred. These areas are more functional and look better, brighter, and more cheerful, and they are a moral support to the veterans we support. It demonstrates to them that we have a supportive community that truly cares about their needs. The veterans, staff, and Board of Directors of NECHV are extremely grateful to Rebuilding Together (RT) Boston for their overwhelming support and friendship this year, and we all appreciate the fine renovations that help us further our mission.

– New England Center for Homeless Veterans

“The volunteers worked so hard to make me happy. They did a great job all in one day…the repairs they made were huge. All were appreciated by my family and me.”

– Jamaica Plain Homeowner

“…The NECHV would like to express its appreciation, not only to RT Boston, but also to the many companies and organizations that provided contributions and volunteer support. RT Boston has indeed helped our organization in a substantial way that is to be commended and will always remain appreciated by all the veterans we serve. Thank you.”

– New England Center for Homeless Veterans

“It is part of our way to give back to the community…doing for those that either don’t have resources or the time to do for themselves.”

– Corporate Volunteer