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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.

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.


Local Veteran Assisted through Lowe’s Grant

Poughkeepsie, NY - 9/30/15 - Rebuilding Together Dutchess County will provide critical home repairs for a local veteran of the US Coast Guard and his wife who reside in their Pine Plains home with their disabled son. This October, More than 20 volunteers from Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s will complete a roof replacement, plumbing and electrical repairs, provide energy efficiency upgrades, install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and complete bathroom modifications to allow a safer environment and increased independence for the elderly couple as part of a $15,000 grant from Lowe’s.

Lowe’s awarded $450,000 to 32 Rebuilding Together affiliates to assist low-income homeowners across the country. Since the partnership began in 2007, Lowe’s has contributed more than $12 million and the support of 3,000 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers to revitalize communities and help nearly 15,000 people live in safer and healthier homes!

“RTDC is thrilled to receive the Lowe’s grant! Their support is crucial for homeowners that so desperately need assistance maintaining their homes,” said Executive Director of RTDC, Christina Boryk. “The grant will directly impact a local family, providing them with the accessibility modifications and critical repairs that will bring them back to a safe, warm, dry, and independent living environment.”

Accepting Applicants for No-Cost Home Repair Programs

Poughkeepsie, NY 6/22/15 – Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC) is accepting applications for both minor and major home repairs through their Handyman and Rebuilding Day Programs. These services are provided at no cost to qualified homeowners and focus on ensuring that individuals can live independently in safe, warm, dry and healthy homes.

Income qualified Dutchess County homeowners, especially those who are elderly, living with a disability, military veterans or parents with school aged children are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted year-round. If you or a neighbor needs assistance, call RTDC today!

Since RTDC’s founding in 1992, over 12,500 volunteers have been engaged, assisting 450 Dutchess County homeowners with critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficiency upgrades valued at over $5 million in market value.

Click here to download an application or find out how you can help support RTDC’s home repair programs.

RTDC Receives $6,000 Grant to Fund Rebuilding Day Program

Poughkeepsie, NY 8/6/15 - Rebuilding Together Dutchess County has received a $6,000 grant from the Northeast Dutchess Fund, a fund of Berkshire Taconic

Community Foundation to support their Rebuilding Day Program, which for over 20 years, has provided cost-free home repairs to hundreds of low-income homeowners throughout Dutchess County.

The Berkshire Taconic grant will be used to directly help RTDC continue providing critical home repairs and accessibility modifications to the homes of income qualified Dutchess County residents at no-cost to the homeowners.Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC) is a nonprofit organization serving Dutchess County by bringing volunteers and communities together to revitalize homes, assuring that qualified homeowners live independently in a warm, safe and dry environment. Since their founding in 1992, over 450 local homeowners have been helped with repairs valued at over $5 million in market value and over 12,000 volunteers have been engaged.

“RTDC is ecstatic to receive the Northeast Dutchess Fund again this year from Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation! Their continued support for projects in Northeast Dutchess will make a significant impact on the lives and safety of local homeowners,” said Executive Director of RTDC, Christina Boryk. “This will strengthen our Rebuilding Day Program, helping us to grow and serve more of our neighbors in need.”

Pictured: RTDC Program Manager, Wyeth Drummond (left) stands with local couple who received critical home repairs on National Rebuilding Day in April. This project was supported by a grant from the Northeast Dutchess Fund, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.