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Rebuilding Day 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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 www.RTBaltimore.org

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 www.RTBaltimore.org

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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

Mid-Govans

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Check Out this New Video from F&GL!

This is the second video in the series produced by our sponsor Fidelity & Guaranty Life. It introduces you to Mr. Felton, one of our wonderful homeowners, and showcases the scoping and inspection process our House Captains go through in the weeks leading up to Rebuilding Day. See what it’s all about!

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Thanks to Fidelity & Guaranty Life!

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One of our long-time sponsors, Fidelity & Guaranty Life, generously donated the time and resources to produce a short video that illustrates the volunteer House Captain’s Role on Rebuilding Day. This is the first in a series of films that will highlight volunteers in action serving our wonderful homeowners this April! Give it a watch, and keep an eye out for more to come!

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Contact

Rebuilding Together Baltimore
5820 York Road, Suite T300
Baltimore, MD 21212
Phone: (410) 889-2710
Fax: (443) 586-0785
Email: Info@RTBaltimore.org

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