RTDC to Help 10 Homeowners During National Rebuilding Month In April

Poughkeepsie, NY – Rebuilding Together Dutchess County, a nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person announced today that April 2014 marks its 23rd annual National Rebuilding Month. National Rebuilding Month is the organization’s nationwide call to provide safe and healthy homes for America’s low-income homeowners and families across the country during the month of April, punctuated with the annual National Rebuilding Day on April 26, a culmination of months of planning.

Last year across the country, more than 50,000 volunteers served at over 3,000 affiliate-led rebuild projects during the month of April. Rebuilding Together Dutchess County will complete 10 projects during National Rebuilding Month 2014, bringing together 300 volunteers to serve low-income homeowners and communities in need including a single mother who lives in her 1930’s home with her 11 year old daughter, an elderly woman who has lived in her 1960’s home for almost 50 years, and a 75 year old woman who is the widow of a Korean War veteran. Renovations will include roofing, drywall, gutter, flooring, plumbing & electrical repairs, installation of smoke detectors, installation of windows & doors, grab bars & handrails, and accessible bathrooms.

National Rebuilding Month is embraced by community leaders and national corporate partners as a way of bringing immediate, large-scale impact to communities across America in a single month. Local partners include volunteer teams from Arlington Teachers Association, Central Hudson, Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Meyer Contracting Corp., Poughkeepsie South Rotary, Poughquag United Methodist Church, Salisbury Bank, SERVPRO of NW & SE DC, TD Bank, and Walden Savings Bank.

For the past 23 years 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 430 critical home repair projects.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are 5.2 million homeowners who live in deteriorating, physically inadequate homes that threaten their wellbeing. Therefore, the demand for Rebuilding Together’s services continues to grow as limited income homeowners, faced with diminishing resources, must choose food and medicine over critical home repairs, choices that, over time, lead to crumbling foundations, dangerously sagging roofs, and windows and doors that can’t be secured for their own safety.

“The affordable housing squeeze that many experience also impacts longtime homeowners, who struggle to maintain their homes and can’t afford to move but have difficulty affording to stay as well” said Executive Director Christina Boryk. “Helping these homeowners remain in their homes is important to strengthening our community and preserving affordable housing.”


2013 DCEDC Non-Profit Business Excellence Award

2013 DCEDC Non-Profit Business Excellence Award

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Caption: Rebuilding Together's Board President Omer Gil and Vice President Tina Hadden Ludwig accepted the DCEDC Non-Profit Business Excellence Award along with Christina Boryk, RTDC Executive Director.

Rebuilding Together Dutchess County helps widow of WWII Veteran

Poughkeepsie, NY – For nearly 53 years, Jane Bell (age 82) has lived in her Town of Wappinger home. It is where she raised her family and is now where she spends her days in retirement.

This fall, her dreams came true: a new roof and free, extensive home repairs.

More than 15 Rebuilding Together Dutchess County volunteers from IBM replaced unsafe outlets, installed smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, repaired the walkway at the exterior of the home that had become a tripping hazard, repaired fascia and soffits, and made energy-efficiency repairs.


Rebuilding Together Dutchess County Volunteers Participate in Make a Difference Day

Pbell team pic heroes-w800oughkeepsie, NY –Rebuilding Together Dutchess County held their Fall Rebuilding Day on October 26, as part of their Rebuilding Day Program. They repaired two additional homes, completing a total of 13 homes in 2013.

Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC) repairs and modifies homes for low-income homeowners at no cost to them, to return them to a warm, safe, and dry environment. Sponsorship teams from Antalek & Moore Insurance Agency and IBM completed the work and participated in the largest national day of service, Make a Difference Day.

Those RTDC served on Fall Rebuilding Day included an 82 year old widow of a WWII and Korean War veteran and her son who lost his job over three years ago. Repairs to their Town of Wappinger home of 52 years were focused on keeping the elderly homeowner safe and independent including repairing a walkway, replacing the roof and replacing aging and drafty doors. The second project in East Fishkill was for a family with a disabled mom and three school aged children. Repairs included building new basement stairs and handrails, addressing moisture issues and repairing water damage on the interior of the home, replacing a door and repairing a sagging porch and roof.

"We are so pleased to be able to serve more of our neighbors in need," said RTDC Executive Director Christina Boryk. "Every additional homeowner that we help live in  a warm, safe, and dry environment is a success for our organization, our partners, and our community."

"When I asked for a new roof, I never thought my dreams would actually come true," said the Town of Wappinger resident served by RTDC on Fall Rebuilding Day. "It's been a wonderful experience."

Rebuilding Together Dutchess County along with nearly 200 fellow Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country and the help of hundreds of thousands of volunteers rehabilitate and improve the homes of low-income Americans at no cost. Recipients of services include the elderly, disabled, military veterans and families in need.

Rebuilding Together Dutchess County also completed National Rebuilding Day in April, serving 8 homeowners across the county with over 300 volunteers working to help their neighbors in need and began a Handyman Program this year to address smaller-scope projects throughout the year.

Sears’ Heroes at Home Program Announces Fall Project with Rebuilding Together Dutchess County

Poughkeepsie, NY – Sears Heroes at Home program, which includes collaboration between Sears Holdings and Rebuilding Togetalther, announced the beginning of their fall 2013 Heroes at Home projects. Heroes at Home projects are key initiatives for Rebuilding Together, a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home, and strive to improve the lives of the military and their families through extensive home rehabilitations.

Rebuilding Together Dutchess County will be assisting an 82 year old widow of a WWII and Korean War veteran and her son who lost his job over three years ago. Repairs to their Town of Wappinger home of 52 years are focused on keeping the elderly homeowner safe and independent including repairing a walkway, replacing the roof and replacing aging and drafty doors. More than 20 volunteers from Rebuilding Together Dutchess County and Sears will assist in completing this project.

"Heroes at Home is a terrific opportunity for us to give back to the men and women who have given so much to our country," said Charley Shimanski, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "Rebuilding Together and Sears work to ensure that our veterans can return to a safe, healthy, and accessible home."