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RTDC Provides Cost Free Home Repairs to 4 Local Homeowners on Fall Rebuilding Day
4 home repair projects were completed by over 100 volunteers across Dutchess County on Saturday October 24th.
Poughkeepsie, NY 10/27/2015 – Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC) held their Fall Rebuilding Day this past Saturday, October 24th, as part of their Rebuilding Day Program. The non-profit completed repairs for four local homeowners, increasing the total number of homeowners served through the program this year to 15. Major renovations of all four homes included roofing, drywall, gutter, flooring, plumbing and electrical repairs, installation of windows, doors, grab bars, handrails, and smoke detectors. The estimated market value of the repairs completed during October is over $100,000, an average of $25,000 per project.
Rebuilding Together Dutchess County Executive Director, Christina Boryk visited each of the projects on Saturday. “We believe in a safe and healthy home for every person,” she said. “Each homeowner that we can help live in a warm, safe, and dry environment is a momentous success for our organization, our partners, and our community.”
Anthony Storzieri, a 78 year old disabled Korean War Veteran who lives in his Poughkeepsie home with his disabled son was in need of gutter repairs, electrical upgrades, plumbing repairs, weatherization, and the elimination of tripping hazards. Unfortunately, due to his disability and limited income, he was often faced with the difficult decision between medical care and critical home repairs. This Saturday; a volunteer team from Hyde Park United Methodist Church was able to complete those necessary repairs for the elderly homeowner. “I can’t pick which repair I am most excited about,” Anthony said as he watched Rebuilding Together volunteers constructing a new, more stable walkway for the front of his 1940’s home. “The volunteer team here today is just amazing so incredibly generous.”
Since 1992, Rebuilding Together Dutchess County has brought volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of the growing population of low-income homeowners in need, completing over 450 critical home repair projects in Dutchess County. To volunteer, make a donation or learn more about Rebuilding Together Dutchess County, visit www.RTDutchess.org.
Local partners include volunteer teams from Antalek and Moore Insurance Agency, Entergy, Hyde Park United Methodist Church, IBM, and Lowe’s. Other program supporters include Dutchess County, Home Depot, M&T Bank and The Northeast Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. 2015 Toolbox Heroes supporters providing in-kind donations and services include Fox Air, Hudson Valley Chimney, Just Exteriors Plus, Plass the Plumber, Lowe Plumbing, Rebath, The Brothers that Just Do Gutters, and Veith Electric.