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Press Release: RTDC Awarded $6,000 Grant

PRESS RELEASE- 7/30/2014
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - Rebuilding Together Dutchess County has received a $6,000 grant from Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation to fund their Rebuilding Day Program, which for 23 years, has provided cost-free home repairs to hundreds of low-income homeowners throughout Dutchess County.
Rebuilding Together is a nonprofit serving Dutchess County by bringing volunteers together to revitalize homes, assuring qualified homeowners live independently and safely. Since 1992, more than 430 homeowners have been helped with repairs valued at more than $4.6 million in market value.
The Berkshire grant will be used to 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.
For more information, visit rebuildingtogetherdutchess.org or call 845-454-7310.
See the full article here: http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/life/2014/07/29/good-life-greater-good/13329787/

Rebuilding Together Launches 2014 Communities of Promise Program

Program dedicated to providing technical assistance and coaching to support affiliates in improving organizational health, performance and sustainability

Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person, is launching its 2014 Communities of Promise program to provide individualized coaching and support to select affiliates to help the organizations grow, develop and build capacity. This initiative is part of a larger suite of affiliate services that include national service programs like AmeriCorps, pass-through grants, direct staff support, an online Affiliate Resource Center, an annual National Conference and more.

Rebuilding Together Dutchess County is one of nine affiliates that have completed a competitive application process and been selected to participate in 2014, which marks the program’s second year.

“We are thrilled to welcome these nine affiliates into this year’s program,” said Jessica Oh, Rebuilding Together’s Senior Director of Affiliate Services, Western Regions and Communities of Promise program leader. “These affiliates are ready to take their work to the next level, and our team is excited to provide the training and tools necessary to help them get there.”

Starting with a successful pilot year in 2011, 24 affiliates have participated in the Communities of Promise program so far. The program’s coaching and resources will focus on board governance, development, fundraising, communications and marketing, and other areas based on each affiliate’s individual goals. This year’s program will run 12 months and conclude in March 2015.

Christina Boryk, executive director of the Dutchess County, NY affiliate, a new participant of the Communities of Promise program, states, “We are hopeful that this initiative will strengthen our organization and board of directors, providing the tools and training needed in order to grow and serve more income-qualified homeowners."

New Application

RTDC Releases New Rolling Application

Rebuilding Together Dutchess County (RTDC) is now accepting applications year-round for their home repair and accessibility modification 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.

Applications will now be accepted on a rolling basis year-round. To be considered for National Rebuilding Day in April, please submit before the last day of October.  To be considered for Fall Rebuilding Day in October, please submit before the last day of May.  Low-income Dutchess County homeowners, especially those who are elderly, living with a disability, veterans or parents with young children are encouraged to apply.

To download an application, please click here or call 845-454-7310.

 

2013 Homeowners Helped

Fall Rebuilding Day 2013

bell faceAn 82 year old widow of a WWII and Korean War veteran has lived in her home for 52 years and recently had to replace her furnace which she is still paying off. Because of this, her 20 year old roof needed to be replaced but she simply could not afford it. Prior to Fall Rebuilding Day, a team replaced her leaky roof. On Fall Rebuilding Day, a team repaired the tripping hazard in her walkway, weatherstripped her doors and windows to cut down on her energy bills, converted the knobs on her doors to levers for easier access, and replaced and painted the fascia. Another team will also be donating and installing new gutters to prevent further leaks and water issues.


Lisella motherA family of 5, with a disabled mother and a recently unemployed father needed help with the upkeep of their home. Their basement was inaccessible, so an RTDC team on Fall Rebuilding Day built stairs and handrails to increase access.  Additionally they repaired the sagging front porch, replaced a sliding glass door and painted trim. They also resolved the drainage/moisutre issues at the chimney and downspouts and repaired interior water damage.


National Rebuilding Day 2013

This disabBaxterled Marine Corps veteran who served our country during the Vietnam War is so active in his local American Legion, helping other veterans in the community, he never looked for assistance for himself. Luckily, RTDC was able to help serve someone who has kept our country safe. RTDC replaced windows in his home to make it less drafty and more energy efficient. New flooring was installed to reduce tripping hazards and make the home safer.


 FetzerA disabled single father of a teenage daughter could not physically perform the repairs necessary to keep his home safe for his family. Drafty and damp, the home needed new windows and many other repairs. Volunteers during National Rebuilding Day replaced all of his windows to make them energy efficient, replaced his front and storm doors, repaired unsafe handrails, replaced faulty light fixtures, and repointed the chimney among other repairs. "It's unbelievable! I'm just blown away looking at my new windows! It's like a dream come true, I can't stop looking at them."


 CohnA single mother with two disabled adult children, this Poughkeepsie homeowner could not afford to make her home safer and more independent for her children to live in. "If I didn't have this help, I wouldn't be able to do this on my own. It looks like a brand new house!" she said about the repairs completed on National Rebuilding Day. Volunteers replaced windows, painted the exterior of the home, and made the bathroom more accessible for her children. These repairs will create a significantly more independent and safe home for the entire family for years to come.


JobsThis Wappingers Falls homeowner certainly did not have the ability or money to repair his home as necessary. Luckily, volunteers were able to perform major plumbing repairs, repair a leaky roof, install safer handrails, and drastically improve the lighting in the home so that he could be much safer. Without these repairs, this homeowner was not living in a safe and independent environment, and with the help of the volunteers on National Rebuilding Day he can now live safely for years to come. "I don't know what I would have done if I didn't get this help. All these people are like angels from heaven."


 MikulaAn elderly Navy veteran and his disabled wife simply could not stay in their home any longer without long overdue repairs. Much of the home was rotten or falling apart and was a very unsafe living environment. During National Rebuilding Day, volunteers were able to tear off and replace the roof, replace much of the rotten lumber and framing, replace broken light fixtures, repair broken windows, fix a sagging bathroom ceiling, and add grab bars and hand rails (to just name a few of the repairs they completed). The home is once more warm, safe, and dry for the elderly homeowners. "It is an amazing project and we are very grateful to be chosen and to have these top notch people helping out," said the homeowner.


RoseThis Hyde Park widow of a veteran was concerned about the state of her home at her advanced age.  A leaky roof, rotten fascia, broken gutters, and faulty electrical issues were some of the concerns facing her on a daily basis. With the help of her volunteer team over National Rebuilding Day she was able to receive a brand new roof, new gutters, new electric work, new fascia boards, a replaced window pane, and all new interior painting. "I still can't believe that this is happening. I still can't believe it's real!"


An elderly Hopewell Junction homeowner tried to keep up with the repairs on her home, but some were just out of her reach. Accessibility and independence were kept in mind when performing the repairs at her home. A walkway was reset to avoid a tripping hazard, energy efficient windows were installed, the bathroom was repaired to create a safer environment, among other repairs. These modifications will significantly increase the safety and independence of the homeowner for many years. "Thank you, many times thank you. I appreciate that so many people are willing to help."


A Wingdale homeowner could certainly not do the repairs to her home that were necessary. Luckily, a team from Rebuilding Together came and replaced her decking and handrails, repaired a cracked concrete step, repaired some roofing on her home, and painted her front porch. Especially for elderly homeowners, accessibility repairs such as handrails and replacing uneven decking can make a huge difference in a homeowner's independence.