Rebuilding Together’s 19th annual Kickoff To Rebuild, a Super Bowl XLVIII-sanctioned event
Kickoff to Rebuild is an annual NFL-sanctioned event hosted by Rebuilding Together. For 19 years, Rebuilding Together has partnered with the NFL and the local Rebuilding Together affiliate in Super Bowl cities across the country, rebuilding houses and bringing together neighborhoods, home by home, block by block, because everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home.
In October 2013 we mobilized hundred of volunteers to provide critical repairs to 13 homes in the borough of Moonachie, NJ and now on January 31, we will do it again. Working alongside Rebuilding Together Bergen County and Lowe’s, Kickoff to Rebuild’s presenting sponsor, more than 150 volunteers from other sponsors, past and present NFL players, celebrities and community leaders will complete home repairs for 13 local low-income homeowners. Volunteers also will revitalize two community spaces as part of continued rebuilding efforts in communities affected by Superstorm Sandy.
The finishing touches will be put on the new playground by Carter Oosterhouse, founder of the Carter’s Kids Foundation. The playground was built at the October pre-event. Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s partnered with Carter’s Kids to build a new playground as part of the rebuild in October. Carter’s Kids was founded by Carter Oosterhouse of HGTV’s Million Dollar Rooms and Celebrity Motor Homes, to increase the activity level of kids by building and developing community parks and neighborhood playgrounds.
View photos of the volunteers hard at work during the pre-event in October on our Flickr page.
Meet a few of the homeowners who will soon be able to fully live in their homes once again:
Rob grew up in Moonachie mowing the lawn and shoveling the snow for the older woman who then lived in his home. When she moved, she advised him to purchase her home, which he later did. Rob now lives in that home with his wife, Kristina, and his sons, Donovan, 10, and Colin, 4. Kristina’s mother and sister live in the second rental unit of the home.
Rob currently works for New Jersey Department of Transportation and Kristina is a full time mother to Donovan and Colin who both have special needs.
On the night of the storm Rob was not home, so Kristina reached out to her in-laws for help with the boys. That night, water filled the lower level reaching over five feet. Water filled their living room, dining room, bathroom and destroyed both units’ furnaces and hot water heaters.
Rob, Kristina and the boys are living in the top floor of their unit right now. The space is cramped and very difficult for the boys. They are very excited to be able to live in their whole house again. They hope to make some improvements to the home to accommodate the boys’ special needs. One big change is an open living concept that will allow the parents to keep an eye on the boys at all times
Teresa was up praying the night of the flood and saw the water coming towards her home. Thankfully the water didn’t enter the first floor of her home, but it did fill the crawl space damaging the furnace, hot water heater, and her family’s cars.
Teresa lives in her home with her husband, Clifford, their daughter, son-in-law and grandson, a recent college graduate.
Clifford is an Air Force veteran having served in Germany for four years and as a reservists for another four years. He then worked for Great Bear Spring Water for 30 years as a delivery driver and dispatcher.
Teresa suffers from COPD. The flood water touched the hard wood floors in the bedrooms, so it is important to replace the flooring as mold and mildew may lead to additional respiratory issues.
Read more about Kickoff to Rebuild 2014 and learn how to get involved.