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Honoring Wilson Park’s Founder

Harry O. Wilson Sr.’s Commemorative Plaque

Harry O’Neill Wilson Sr.

Rebuilding Together Baltimore Staff was thrilled to join Councilman Bill Henry and other community members on Sunday December 17th, to commemorate Harry O. Wilson; the founder of Wilson Park. Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation has designated Harry O. Wilson Sr.’s former home at 4423 Craddock Avenue as a historic landmark. Who was Harry O. Wilson Sr.? He was a successful businessman, banker, and philanthropist. He was the son of the first black principal in the Baltimore city school system. He founded  Wilson’s Bank, which provided banking services to African American families that they could not access at neighboring banks. Harry Wilson’s bank was also one of the few banks to survive the Great Depression.
In 1917, Harry Wilson purchased land which we now know as Wilson Park from German Americans who had difficulties selling the land because of anti-German sentiment. He then built homes on the land establishing the Wilson Park neighborhood. The Wilson Park neighborhood provided an alternative suburban life-style for a growing affluent African American population that, at the time, was stifled by laws preventing black families from living in similar neighborhoods even if they could afford to.

A century later Harry O. Wilson is getting the recognition he deserves and the house that started a community has been eternalized as a Baltimore City landmark. Mabel Smith purchased the home on Craddock Avenue in 1992. At the time, the building was boarded up and in very bad shape. Mabel and her husband Walton did a full renovation that took close to 5 years. In 1997 they moved in.

Councilman Bill Henry and community members on the porch of Harry O. Wilson Sr.’s House

On Sunday December 17, 2017, Mabel Smith and her family hosted a reception at her home to commemorate the new landmark status and celebrate the legacy of Harry O. Wilson Sr. A ceremonial street sign designating Craddock Avenue as “Harry Wilson Way” has been placed at the corner of Craddock and Coldspring Lane.

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Wells Fargo announces Small Business Neighborhood Renovation Program

Rebuilding Together Baltimore is proud and excited to be working with Wells Fargo, the Baltimore Urban League and Gensler on this project!

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Are You Interested in Serving a Year with Rebuilding Together Baltimore?


Rebuilding Together Baltimore is accepting applications for our AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator position.

The AmeriCorps members will serve from August 08, 2015 – June 30, 2016.

The AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator will play a critical role in building the capacity of the organization by increasing the number of our skilled trades volunteers and volunteer teams, managing new and current volunteers, and helping the organization to be more effective in community outreach.

The AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator will serve alongside our AmeriCorps Program Coordinator (the Program Coordinator position has been filled).

Both AmeriCorps members will also spend time in the field conducting volunteer outreach, communicating with potential homeowner clients, raising the visibility of Rebuilding Together Baltimore, and working at project sites.

To apply, visit our application portal on

For more information about the AmeriCorps positionClick this link to view the AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator position.

The AmeriCorps members serving at Rebuilding Together Baltimore will be part of a cohort of 65 fulltime AmeriCorps members serving in 37 communities across the country as part of Rebuilding Together’s national AmeriCorps program, called CapacityCorps.

CapacityCorps members build the capacity of grassroots Rebuilding Together programs so that they may be more sustainable, effective and efficient in helping additional low-income homeowners in need.

For more information about the opportunities and experience of serving in AmeriCorps with Rebuilding Together CapacityCorps, visit the CapacityCorps website.

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Microsoft Volunteer Project – November 22, 2014

microsoftThis past Saturday, November 22nd, RTB partnered with Microsoft to work on Ms. H’s home in the Woodbourne-McCabe neighborhood of Baltimore City.

Ms. H is 73 years old. She has lived on the east side of Baltimore City her whole life and moved to the Woodbourne-McCabe neighborhood 17 years ago in 1997. She has owned her current residence for 14 years. Before she bought her house, she lived next to her sister. Ms. H’s 41 year old son currently lives with her and her sister still lives down the street. She has a daughter and 2 brothers as well. Ms. H loves living in Woodbourne-McCabe because it is a quiet and friendly neighborhood. She loves the fact that her neighborhood had a lot of children when she first moved there and now a lot of seniors live in the area since many families have raised their children there and stayed even after their children have moved out.  Before Ms. H retired she was a security guard at the Housing Authority for Baltimore City for 25 years. Now that she is retired she loves to read and do puzzles

Seventeen awesome volunteers came out from Microsoft for the project They accomplished so much including installing flooring, energy efficiency improvements, installing handrails in stairways, weatherizing doorways, installing a new toilet, adding grab bars in the shower as well as a shower seat, and other major and minor household repairs and maintenance.

Thank you to everyone from Microsoft for making this day possible and to all the other volunteers that came out that day. We love our volunteers and Ms. H is very happy with the repairs done to her home.

“This is all such a blessing. I am truly thankful for all that you have done to my home. I thank you to the upmost!” Ms. H


Check out our Facebook page for more pictures from this project!

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Announcing Our Target Neighborhoods For Rebuilding Day 2015!

We are thrilled to announce that Rebuilding Together Baltimore has selected the Woodbourne-McCabe community as our next Rebuilding Day neighborhood for Baltimore City! We will be partnering with the Woodbourne-McCabe Neighborhood Association and Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, which has been working in the neighborhood for 2 1/2 years. Woodbourne-McCabe is a small community of 378 homes, the majority of which were built in the 1920s and 30’s. Woodbourne-McCabe is part of the Greater Govans Community in North Central Baltimore City.

RTB is also excited to announce that we will be working in the North Point Village neighborhood of Baltimore County for a second year! We look forward to working with the North Point Village Civic Association again to reach out to homeowners in need and plan community beautification projects. North Point Village is a neighborhood located in Dundalk with a population of about 3,800. It is a waterfront community situated in a commercial area with town homes as well as single-family homes. The townhomes were built around 1958 and the single-family homes are much older. Over the past year we worked on 12 homes in the North Point Village community and we hope to work on even more next year!
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Meet Our Honorees

On September 19th, 2014 we celebrated RTB’s 25th anniversary! At the event we honored 25 volunteers and organizations who have helped us along the way.


Mike Falkner has volunteered as a House Captain with RTB for over 20 years. Mike also served on our board of directors for many years, and served as Board President in the mid-90s.


Thomas Feulner has volunteered as a House Captain with RTB for 25 years! Tom has led teams from the Catholic Alumni Club, the Baltimore Tall Club, and Friends of Tom Feulner.

Picture10Lou Kozlakowski has served as RTB’s pro bono counsel to the board for over 10 years. He also worked tirelessly as a House Captain for many years, including heading up a HUGE project when we won the HGTV contest in 2008.


Cliff Webster served on the RTB Board of Directors for over 10 years. He also served as a volunteer House Captain for dozens of Rebuilding Day houses and other key projects when he was with Provident Bank.


Charles Murray has volunteered as a House Captain with RTB for over 20 years.  Charlie served on our Board of Directors for many years, including serving as Board Treasurer for several years.

Picture13Kenneth Strong’s vision and creativity has been instrumental in RTB’s growth and our formation of partnerships with other public and private agencies. Ken has helped RTB to leverage over $300,000 in funding from public and private sources.

Picture14Greg Susman served on the RTB Board of  Directors for over 10 years, and as a House Captain and Home Inspector for dozens of Rebuilding Day houses. Greg launched our first website and helped RTB enter the 21st Century.


The Abell Foundation provided funding for RTB when we hired our first full-time Executive Director in 2004. The foundation has been a generous supporter and partner since. The Abell Foundation has been an integral supporter of our organization’s growth over the last ten years. Tracey Barbour-Gillett, a Program Officer at the foundation, served as an incredibly valuable RTB board member for several years.

Baltimore Housing has supported RTB with Community Development Block Grants since 2005. The original CDBG grant awarded was instrumental to our growth in the mid-2000s. Tom Jaudon (deceased), who worked at Baltimore Housing for many years, was one of the original founders of RT Baltimore.

The Ruckdeschel Law Firm has been a generous financial supporter of RTB for over 8 years. The firm is committed to safer and healthier homes for all people.

Construction Specifications Institute has supported RTB for over 15 years. Every year, they adopt one or more houses for Rebuilding Day. They have been generous financial contributors and have helped us to recruit countless skilled volunteers.

AmeriCorps NCCC has, for six years, been the army of people needed to help RTB get ready for, execute, and wrap up from our annual Rebuilding Day. Since 2009, we have hosted a fabulous team once a year for three weeks. They help us all stay sane during the Rebuilding Day season. We love them all, and are grateful for their service.

Paul’s Place was an invaluable RTB partner in RTB’s work in the Pigtown neighborhood of Baltimore City. The organization lent RTB their space for numerous meetings and volunteer trainings, adopted a Rebuilding Day house, helped RTB to recruit homeowner applicants, and dedicated $100,000 of their  most recent capital campaign to support RTB’s work in Pigtown.

M&T Bank has been a generous financial supporter of RTB for over 15 years. They have adopted numerous houses for our annual Rebuilding Day. Cliff Webster, of the former Provident Bank, served on the RTB Board of Directors and as a House Captain for over ten years. M&T has also generously donated storage space to RTB for over 8 years.

Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) has been a generous financial supporter of RTB for over 20 years. BGE employees have volunteered on numerous home    repair projects, and in 2012 they provided lovely gifts for each homeowner we served on Rebuilding Day. Mike LeSavage (deceased) served on the RTB board of directors for five years.

Stanley Black & Decker has supported RTB for over 10 years. Stanley     Employees have volunteered on some of our biggest home repair projects. Recently, Stanley has donated thousands of dollars worth of power tools to RTB, and has also made generous financial contributions to RTB.

Travelers has been a valuable partner to RTB for over 20 years. The Travelers volunteer teams have worked on dozens of houses, and their financial support has been incredibly generous, Charlie Murray from Travelers served on our board for many years.

Baltimore County Department of Planning has supported RTB for over 20 years. The Department provides generous funding to support our annual Rebuilding Day. Jeanann Ferguson from the department served on our board of directors for many years.

Booz Allen Hamilton has been a generous financial supporter of RTB for 20 years. Each April on National Rebuilding Day, Booz Allen employees across the nation join together in their communities to help improve homes for deserving individuals and families.  Booz Allen Hamilton has taken on some of RTB’s most challenging projects over the years. Numerous Booz Allen employees have served as house captains and skill captains, including Eric Vondy, who also served on the board of RTB for two years.

Loyola University, Maryland has supported RTB for over 10 years. Teams of students and facilities staff have taken on numerous Rebuilding Day houses. Former board member Erin O’Keefe served as a house captain when she was a student, and continued to serve RTB from 2004 to 2014 as a member of our Board of Directors. Loyola has also provided generous financial and in-kind support for our recent work in the Govans community.

Maryland Occupational Therapy Association has been instrumental in our Fall and Injury Prevention efforts for seniors and people with disabilities. MOTA has helped to recruit dozens of volunteer Occupational Therapists to conduct home safety assessments that help our clients live in safer homes.

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston has supported RTB for over 15 years. Firm partner Kevin Hroblak currently serves on our Board of Directors, and volunteers as a House Captain every year. The firm has also made generous financial contributions to RTB over the past 15 years.

Hereford United Methodist Church has supported RTB for 25 years. Volunteers from HUMC have taken on some of our most challenging projects over the years. HUMC has also provided generous financial support for RTB.

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Homeowner Quotes

Sometimes in the midst of all of our planning for Rebuilding Day, the staff here at RTB have to be reminded why it is we do the work we do. A few words of thankfulness can go a long way, and we are fortunate to have been able to work with some of the most gracious and grateful homeowners around. Check out some of the kind words they shared about our volunteers’ work on Rebuilding Day and have your day made!

“We just had major rain in the area and for the first time in years my basement was dry because of your work.” Ms. C,  Mid-Govans

“This all has made my home cleaner and much brighter and made me very happy. My sincerest appreciation” Ms. W, Mid-Govans

“I have gone through a lot over the past two years and had no way to have these repairs done on my own, so I am so thankful for this program.” Ms. M, Mid-Govans

“I am extremely grateful for all the repairs that were made, and I feel absolutely blessed to have been chosen for this project.” Mrs. A, North Point Village

“I feel so much safer with the deck and all the things you fixed in our home!” Mrs. F, North Point Village


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Rebuilding Day 2014 was a HUGE success!

On Saturday, April 26th, over 500 volunteers participated in a transformational day of community service to support homeowners in need in Baltimore. This annual event called Rebuilding Day is organized and spearheaded by Rebuilding Together Baltimore (RTB), a non-profit organization with a mission of preserving affordable homeownership by providing critical repairs for low-income homeowners at no charge. Rebuilding Day 2014 marks the organization’s 25th annual day of service, and coincidentally, volunteer teams served 25 homeowners as well as performed many community-driven beautification and greening projects.


Volunteers install new handrails on Rebuilding Day

These dedicated volunteers served sixteen senior citizens in addition to five people with disabilities, nine families with children and one veteran in two target neighborhoods: Mid-Govans in North Baltimore City and North Point Village in Baltimore County. Teams from local and regional firms, churches, and community associations focused on delivering home repairs and modifications that would improve quality of life. Many repairs included home safety modifications and energy efficiency upgrades.


A friendly volunteer preserves an exterior ceiling with a fresh coat of paint

On Rebuilding Day, volunteers constructed a new wheel chair ramp at the home of Mr. William Felton, a Navy veteran and amputee. The team also resurfaced Mr. Felton’s driveway with several tons of compacted gravel to improve his access to the home. “On a rainy day, I’d be stuck in the house. Now I can run out and buy my groceries whenever I need,” said Felton.


Mr. Felton and a volunteer on Rebuilding Day

RTB Executive Director, Bonnie Bessor, explains how volunteers are able to achieve these successful outcomes for homeowners on Rebuilding Day, “By leveraging public and private sponsorships, in-kind donations, and mobilizing skilled volunteers, Rebuilding Together Baltimore directly enhances the safety and health of homeowners in need.”


RTB is a member of the Rebuilding Together Affiliate Network which consists of over 180 chapters, located throughout the United States. Collectively, Rebuilding Together has completed work on more than 100,000 homes across the nation. With the help of 3.4 million volunteers, Rebuilding Together has delivered over $1.3 billion in market value since its founding. Rebuilding Together continues it’s mission of seeking to provide a safe and healthy home for every person.

“RTB is proud have to served homeowners in Baltimore for 25 years and hopes to continue this endeavor for years to come,” said Bessor.


Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry and RTB Executive Director Bonnie Bessor celebrate our 25th Rebuilding Day at the Dewees Recreation Center.

Check out more photos from Rebuilding Day 2014 in Mid-Govans on our Facebook page!

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RTB Will Help 25 Homeowners on 25th Annual National Rebuilding Day

Baltimore, MD – On April 26, 2014, nearly 700 volunteers will repair 25 homes of low-income homeowners to celebrate the 25th annual National Rebuilding Day in Baltimore. NOTE: Site addresses will be provided to any media representatives that call media contacts.

Rebuilding Together Baltimore (RTB) is one of over 180 Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country leading a healthy housing movement for low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities. National Rebuilding Day is the organization’s annual call to service embraced by community leaders and corporate sponsors as a way of bringing immediate, large-scale impact to communities across America.

RTB works in target neighborhoods in both Baltimore City and Baltimore County to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. On National Rebuilding Day, the 25 home repair projects will take place in Mid-Govans in Baltimore City and North Point Village in Baltimore County. RTB will also complete community beautification projects in these neighborhoods to improve public spaces.

One of the homeowners receiving home repairs is Mr. B, who is 60 years old, and has lived in his home in Baltimore City for almost 40 years. He raised his son and daughter as a single father and is proud to have sent them both to college. He still frequents his favorite local places: Dewees Park, Belvedere Square and the historic Senator Theater. After working for Verizon for 30 years, Mr. B retired, and as he gets older, he is having a hard time keeping up with home repairs.

Fifteen additional senior citizens will also receive home repairs on National Rebuilding Day in addition to five people with disabilities, nine families with children and one veteran. Eight houses will get roof repairs, volunteers will install two wheelchair ramps and every house will get new smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Volunteers focus on repairs that make homes warmer, safer and drier by developing scopes of work highlighting many other home safety modifications and energy efficiency improvements.

“National Rebuilding Day is a large-scale day of service when nearly 50,000 volunteers will work on close to 3,000 projects across the country,” explained Bonnie Bessor, Executive Director at RTB. “We are thrilled to celebrate our 25th anniversary with hundreds of volunteers on such an impactful day in Baltimore.”

Booz Allen Hamilton is the Silver Anniversary Sponsor of Rebuilding Day in Baltimore. Among the other corporate sponsors providing support for this effort are Travelers, Baltimore Housing, Baltimore County Department of Planning, BGE, Fidelity & Guaranty Life, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, and Protiviti. The 25 home repair and community beautification projects will be completed by teams of volunteers from local corporations, schools, churches and civic groups.

Rebuilding Together Baltimore is always in need of more skilled volunteers who have carpentry, plumbing and electrical experience. If you are interested in sponsoring a Rebuilding Together Baltimore project or serving as a volunteer, please visit

About Rebuilding Together Baltimore

Since 1989, Rebuilding Together Baltimore (RTB) has repaired over 1,300 homes and community spaces in 35 neighborhoods in Baltimore City and County.  Rebuilding Together Baltimore works in partnership with volunteers and communities to make homes warmer, safer and drier for low-income homeowners who are seniors, people with disabilities or families with children.  In its 25-year history, Rebuilding Together Baltimore’s work represents over $8 million in value to the community.  In 2008, Rebuilding Together Baltimore was chosen by HGTV as one of five Rebuilding Together affiliates in the US for their inaugural “Change the World. Start at Home” initiative.  Rebuilding Together Baltimore is an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, Inc., a national organization with over 180 affiliates across the country.

Rebuilding Together Baltimore places a special emphasis on home safety and fall prevention for seniors and people with disabilities, providing grab bars, handrails, wheelchair ramps and other modifications that help to keep seniors and people with disabilities safe in their homes.

Rebuilding Together Baltimore assists up to 70 homeowners every year. For more information on Rebuilding Together Baltimore, or to volunteer your home repair skills call 410-889-2710 or visit

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Preview Our Rebuilding Day Neighborhood Maps!

In less than 10 days, our volunteers will be out in Mid-Govans and North Point Village working on 25 homes for Rebuilding Day! We will also be leading a number of beautification projects throughout these neighborhoods. Check out our maps below and see where all the action is going on!

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North Point Village

Mid-Govans Map


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