Welcome to Rebuilding Together Dutchess County

We are starting two new programs this Fall!

Introducing our Light It Up and Fire Safety Programs

Our Light It Up program will to help increase safety and reduce crime in our community. Rebuilding Together Dutchess County will be installing motion-activated solar-powered lights at no cost to the homeowner in small communities of need.

Volunteers helped to install 15 of these lights during a pilot program on our Fall Rebuilding Day, October 22nd thanks to the support of Home Depot and the Poughkeepsie South Rotary. Not only was this a great opportunity to make an immediate impact on a neighborhood and the safety of its residents, it is also a chance for volunteers to get involved in a reoccurring community service project as a fully implemented program is expected for the 2017 program year. Our goal for the future is to install 75 lights per year.

Our other new program is Fire Safety in partnership with the American Red Cross. Volunteers will engage households to provide fire safety and prevention education as well as assess existing smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and replace and/or install new detectors where needed. Our goal is to provide fire prevention, preparedness, and safety services for 100 low-income households in Dutchess County in 2017 through this program. An initial program day occurred on October 29, engaging volunteers to provide fire safety and prevention services for 10-20 low-income households within the City of Poughkeepsie.

2016 Rebuilding Together Dutchess County Supporters


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Paid in part by: Administration on Aging, New York State Office for the Aging, Dutchess County Office for the Aging and Dutchess County.


National Rebuilding Month 2016 Homeowner Spotlight

Abdullah and Mehria, in their 60s, have been Beacon residents for the last 13 years. When it was found that their son Bilal, 25, had a brain tumor, surgery was necessary. During this surgery, Bilal suffered from a stroke that placed him in an induced coma for 4 months. As a result of this coma, Bilal has had his mobility and speech compromised and now relies on a wheelchair for mobility.

Their home was not handicap accessible, creating unsafe situations when entering or exiting the home and also when navigating to the second floor. For the past 6 months, Abdullah and Mehria had to carry their son and his wheelchair up multiple stairs. This had already resulted in injury for Abdullah.

This April, RTDC has been able to ease their burdens. An exterior handicap accessible stair lift has been installed on the outside of the home as well as an interior stair lift to gain access to Bilal’s bedroom and the home’s only full bath. RTDC was also able to install a free standing patient lift system within Bilal’s bedroom and full bath. This will assist in getting him from his bed to his wheelchair and also from his wheelchair into the existing bathtub.

These modifications are sure to ease both the emotional and physical stress of providing care for Bilal. Mehria confessed that since the surgery, she has not spent a day without crying. We hope that after receiving our services, her tears are only those of joy.

While we are excited to be able to make a difference in the lives of 6 homeowners, including Abdullah, Mehria and Bilal during National Rebuilding Month, there are still more applicants on our waiting list who we cannot serve because of a lack of funding. With your help, we can make an even bigger difference in the future.

To learn more about how to donate, visit us at rtdutchess.org/get-involved/donate

Become a Housing Hero today! By making a monthly pledge of $30 online you will help Rebuilding Together continue to provide safe and healthy housing for all of our neighbors in need!

National Rebuilding Day 2016 Homeowner Story

Leonard, a retired volunteer fireman and lifelong Hyde Park resident is losing his eyesight. He can no longer afford to make critical repairs to the home he has lived in for over 43 years, the home where he and his late wife raised their children.

Leonard will turn 86 this April, just before RTDC provides life-changing critical home repairs such as replacing his furnace and doors for improved energy efficiency, repairing crumbling stairs, installing grab bars, and painting the interior of the home for improved accessibility and safety.

To learn more about how to donate, visit us at rtdutchess.org/get-involved/donate

Your support celebrates our extraordinary April tradition and ensures a bright future for homeowners like Leonard and for Rebuilding Together Dutchess County!

2015 Volunteer Awards

We are excited to announce the 2015 recipients of our annual volunteer awards – Volunteer of the Year Wayne Bunker, Tradesperson of the Year Don Veith of Veith Electric  and Rookie of the Year  Christina Piracci! The awards for outstanding volunteer service will be presented at our 9th Annual Night of Comedy.  Rebuilding Together Dutchess County is proud to honor three wonderful volunteers that help make our mission to create warm, safe, dry & independent homes possible. Wayne, Don and Christina embody the true spirit of RTDC and our vision of a safe & healthy home for every person.

Please join us on Thursday, October 22nd at Hammers, Nails, Laughs & Cocktails – our 9th Annual Night of Comedy at the Grandview to support the 2015 volunteer award recipients. Tickets are available to purchase here or by calling the RTDC office at 454-7310 before October 7.