Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee helped Fred and Wilma transform their house into a safe and healthy home.
Fred and Wilma have lived in their home for nearly 40 years. It’s where they raised their five children and now care for their six grandchildren. These retirees live on a fixed income and staying in their home as they age has become increasingly difficult.

Their one bathroom only had a claw foot tub, making getting in and out of the tub difficult for Fred and Wilma. The two were very afraid of falling trying to get in and out of the bath. With the help of an occupational therapist, Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee installed a new showerhead, several grab bars, and a new chair height toilet. 

Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee helped Fred and Wilma transform their house into a safe and healthy home.

Fred and Wilma have lived in their home for nearly 40 years. It’s where they raised their five children and now care for their six grandchildren. These retirees live on a fixed income and staying in their home as they age has become increasingly difficult.

Their one bathroom only had a claw foot tub, making getting in and out of the tub difficult for Fred and Wilma. The two were very afraid of falling trying to get in and out of the bath. With the help of an occupational therapist, Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee installed a new showerhead, several grab bars, and a new chair height toilet. 

Joseph and Dulcie are childhood friends turned high school sweethearts who were helped by Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley. The two love birds grew up just down the street from each other. They married when Joseph came back home after serving as an aircraft mechanic in the navy. “Serving in the navy has been the very best thing that has happened to me…besides my lovely wife, of course,” Joseph said with a big smile.
Joseph uses a cane to walk and has to carefully plan his movements when he uses the stairs. He wouldn’t use his high porch steps due to a fear of falling, making it impossible for him to go outside. Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley volunteers installed grab bars around their home so Joseph can steady himself as he moves. Volunteers also built half steps on his porch so Joseph could use his existing porch with greater ease. When asked if the new porch steps have helped him, Joseph emphatically said, “Oh, yeah. They’re great!”
Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley team members were shown Joseph’s tool shed when they made their second visit to see how he was doing. Joseph had collected a large amount of hand and power tools over the years. It was there and then that Joseph donated a table sander to Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley so they could continue helping his neighbors. 

Joseph and Dulcie are childhood friends turned high school sweethearts who were helped by Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley. The two love birds grew up just down the street from each other. They married when Joseph came back home after serving as an aircraft mechanic in the navy. “Serving in the navy has been the very best thing that has happened to me…besides my lovely wife, of course,” Joseph said with a big smile.

Joseph uses a cane to walk and has to carefully plan his movements when he uses the stairs. He wouldn’t use his high porch steps due to a fear of falling, making it impossible for him to go outside. Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley volunteers installed grab bars around their home so Joseph can steady himself as he moves. Volunteers also built half steps on his porch so Joseph could use his existing porch with greater ease. When asked if the new porch steps have helped him, Joseph emphatically said, “Oh, yeah. They’re great!”

Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley team members were shown Joseph’s tool shed when they made their second visit to see how he was doing. Joseph had collected a large amount of hand and power tools over the years. It was there and then that Joseph donated a table sander to Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley so they could continue helping his neighbors. 

Rebuilding Together Sacramento helped Michael, a 58-year-old veteran, live in a safer and more accessible home. 
Michael suffers from neuropathy, diabetes, and a degenerative disc in his back. With his limited mobility, Michael was concerned about falling hazards in his home. Volunteers from Rebuilding Together Sacramento installed grab bars, a shower mat, a toilet rise and seat, smoke and CO alarms, and a fire extinguisher. Volunteers will soon install wood railings in his home as well. 
Michael said, “[This] will help my back big time. The install items will help me keep doings things around the house.”

Rebuilding Together Sacramento helped Michael, a 58-year-old veteran, live in a safer and more accessible home. 

Michael suffers from neuropathy, diabetes, and a degenerative disc in his back. With his limited mobility, Michael was concerned about falling hazards in his home. Volunteers from Rebuilding Together Sacramento installed grab bars, a shower mat, a toilet rise and seat, smoke and CO alarms, and a fire extinguisher. Volunteers will soon install wood railings in his home as well. 

Michael said, “[This] will help my back big time. The install items will help me keep doings things around the house.”

Rebuilding Together Clay County worked with an occupational therapist to ensure a 47-year-old homeowner could live safely in his own home. 
The homeowner suffers from mobility issues and depends on a wheelchair to get around. However, his home had no ramp or accessible way to enter or leave his home. He was also forced to use a towel bar in order to use the bathroom. The hallway to his bedroom wasn’t accessible, forcing him to lean against the walls as he moved.
Volunteers from Rebuilding Together Clay County built a wooden ramp outside of the homeowner’s front door. He can now freely come and go from his house as he pleases. They installed two grab bars in his bathroom, making it much easier for him to enter and exit his shower. Grab bars were also installed throughout his hallway, allowing him to safely walk to and from his bedroom. 
The homeowner was so thrilled with the new ramp and other safety modifications, He posted pictures on Facebook saying, “All finished and loving it!”

Rebuilding Together Clay County worked with an occupational therapist to ensure a 47-year-old homeowner could live safely in his own home. 

The homeowner suffers from mobility issues and depends on a wheelchair to get around. However, his home had no ramp or accessible way to enter or leave his home. He was also forced to use a towel bar in order to use the bathroom. The hallway to his bedroom wasn’t accessible, forcing him to lean against the walls as he moved.

Volunteers from Rebuilding Together Clay County built a wooden ramp outside of the homeowner’s front door. He can now freely come and go from his house as he pleases. They installed two grab bars in his bathroom, making it much easier for him to enter and exit his shower. Grab bars were also installed throughout his hallway, allowing him to safely walk to and from his bedroom. 

The homeowner was so thrilled with the new ramp and other safety modifications, He posted pictures on Facebook saying, “All finished and loving it!”

Charity Navigator has awarded Rebuilding Together with a 4-star rating for the 9th year in a row. This mark of distinction places us in the top one percent of organizations evaluated. You can visit Charity Navigator’s website to review our profile, learn more about their methodologies and see their tips on being a savvy donor.

What does this rating mean to you? Our 4-star rating means that you can trust Rebuilding Together to use our resources responsibly to provide extensive home rehabilitation and modification services to homeowners in need at no cost to those we serve. Our work positively impacts the condition of the surrounding community as well through community center rehabilitation, playground builds, and partnerships with organizations focused on energy efficiency, sustainable community gardens, volunteer engagement, and education. With the help of everyday citizen volunteers, skilled tradespeople, and the support of local business and major corporate partners, Rebuilding Together affiliates make life better for thousands of low-income homeowners every year.

Rebuilding Together’s 4-star rating from Charity Navigator also means that when you support us, you are supporting one of the best safe and healthy housing organizations in the United States. According to Charity Navigator’s rating chart, a 4-star rating means we are exceptional because we exceed industry standards and outperform most charities in our cause. Our network of almost 200 affiliated non-profits brings together 200,000 volunteers and completes nearly 10,000 projects each year. For every $1 donated to Rebuilding Together, $4 of value is delivered to our projects. Collectively that’s over $1.3 billion in market value reinvested to date into the communities we serve. We encourage you to visit our profile on Charity Navigator to learn about our great financial health, accountability and transparency.

"Rebuilding Together is honored to be included in the top 1 percent of charities that have received at least nine consecutive 4-star evaluations from Charity Navigator," said John L. Fiegel, interim president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "This outstanding rating demonstrates our ability to serve the needs of low-income homeowners and communities in an efficient and cost effective manner and validates our mission to our donors, supporters, and our affiliates. We strive to be a fiscally responsible organization while increasing the capacity and outreach of our programs."

There are currently 6,000 homeowners in need on the Rebuilding Together waiting list depending on supporters like you. We believe that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. If you agree and would like to join our efforts, please visit us online to offer your support, look up your local affiliate to volunteer on an upcoming project, engage with us on social media and more. Your support helps your neighbors near and far with free critical home repairs. Home by Home, Block by Block, entire communities are transformed with your support.

Charity Navigator has awarded Rebuilding Together with a 4-star rating for the 9th year in a row. This mark of distinction places us in the top one percent of organizations evaluated. You can visit Charity Navigator’s website to review our profile, learn more about their methodologies and see their tips on being a savvy donor.

What does this rating mean to you? Our 4-star rating means that you can trust Rebuilding Together to use our resources responsibly to provide extensive home rehabilitation and modification services to homeowners in need at no cost to those we serve. Our work positively impacts the condition of the surrounding community as well through community center rehabilitation, playground builds, and partnerships with organizations focused on energy efficiency, sustainable community gardens, volunteer engagement, and education. With the help of everyday citizen volunteers, skilled tradespeople, and the support of local business and major corporate partners, Rebuilding Together affiliates make life better for thousands of low-income homeowners every year.

Rebuilding Together’s 4-star rating from Charity Navigator also means that when you support us, you are supporting one of the best safe and healthy housing organizations in the United States. According to Charity Navigator’s rating chart, a 4-star rating means we are exceptional because we exceed industry standards and outperform most charities in our cause. Our network of almost 200 affiliated non-profits brings together 200,000 volunteers and completes nearly 10,000 projects each year. For every $1 donated to Rebuilding Together, $4 of value is delivered to our projects. Collectively that’s over $1.3 billion in market value reinvested to date into the communities we serve. We encourage you to visit our profile on Charity Navigator to learn about our great financial health, accountability and transparency.

"Rebuilding Together is honored to be included in the top 1 percent of charities that have received at least nine consecutive 4-star evaluations from Charity Navigator," said John L. Fiegel, interim president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "This outstanding rating demonstrates our ability to serve the needs of low-income homeowners and communities in an efficient and cost effective manner and validates our mission to our donors, supporters, and our affiliates. We strive to be a fiscally responsible organization while increasing the capacity and outreach of our programs."

There are currently 6,000 homeowners in need on the Rebuilding Together waiting list depending on supporters like you. We believe that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. If you agree and would like to join our efforts, please visit us online to offer your support, look up your local affiliate to volunteer on an upcoming project, engage with us on social media and more. Your support helps your neighbors near and far with free critical home repairs. Home by Home, Block by Block, entire communities are transformed with your support.

Mary Anne, 50, is a mother of two. She is also the proud grandmother of two children. She has lived in her family’s home for over 25 years.
Mary Anne has been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. This Gig Harbor homeowner, who lives alone, would struggle to make it up and down the stairs every day due to her condition. Muscular dystrophy even made it difficult for Mary Anne to use her shower and bathroom. 
Rebuilding Together South Sound helped Mary Anne by making her home more accessible. An occupational therapist volunteered to help turn Mary Anne’s house into a safe and healthy home. They installed a transfer pole and a hand rail to help her with climbing steps. A grab bar was put in place by her toilet and shower so she could easily move around her bathroom. 
Rachel Lehr, Rebuilding Together’s South Sound’s AmeriCorps Year Round Coordinator, said Mary Anne was thrilled with her renovations, especially the transfer pole. “She said it was so beautiful. She was really excited about it because it made her safe at home.”
Mary Anne got along extremely well with her occupational therapist volunteer. “It was such a good match,” said Rachel. “It made sense to put them together. He was very respectful and he works with clients like this all the time. He knows the right questions and understands her situation. He could create solutions for her.”

Mary Anne, 50, is a mother of two. She is also the proud grandmother of two children. She has lived in her family’s home for over 25 years.

Mary Anne has been diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. This Gig Harbor homeowner, who lives alone, would struggle to make it up and down the stairs every day due to her condition. Muscular dystrophy even made it difficult for Mary Anne to use her shower and bathroom. 

Rebuilding Together South Sound helped Mary Anne by making her home more accessible. An occupational therapist volunteered to help turn Mary Anne’s house into a safe and healthy home. They installed a transfer pole and a hand rail to help her with climbing steps. A grab bar was put in place by her toilet and shower so she could easily move around her bathroom. 

Rachel Lehr, Rebuilding Together’s South Sound’s AmeriCorps Year Round Coordinator, said Mary Anne was thrilled with her renovations, especially the transfer pole. “She said it was so beautiful. She was really excited about it because it made her safe at home.”

Mary Anne got along extremely well with her occupational therapist volunteer. “It was such a good match,” said Rachel. “It made sense to put them together. He was very respectful and he works with clients like this all the time. He knows the right questions and understands her situation. He could create solutions for her.”

Mr Lawrence, 71, moved back to his childhood home in Tulsa in 1999 after his wife passed away. 
His childhood memories are as fresh as ever. “I remember rolling around on this very floor as a little boy. We used to catch fireflies in the frontyard.”
Mr. Lawrence is the father of six kids and “too many grandchildren and great grandchildren to count.” He jokes saying, “I think there are 15,000.”
Rebuilding Together Tulsa renovated Mr. Lawrence’s home to ensure that he can age in place in a safe and healthy home. Volunteers installed air sealing, attic insulation, two new doors with deadbolts, handrails, and new siding. They also replaced the home’s drywall and repaired his plumbing. Mr. Lawrence’s home is now more energy efficient, weatherproof and accessible.
As part of their National Rebuilding Month celebration on April 20, Rebuilding Together Tulsa will send another team of volunteers to paint the outside of Mr. Lawrence’s home and clean up his yard. Mr. Lawrence’s home is just one of 16 projects happening that day for Rebuilding Together Tulsa. His neighborhood in particular is in great need of critical home repairs and community revitalization. 
Mr. Lawrence had this to say about his Rebuilding Together experience, “I love these guys volunteering. They are good people. You can see the light shining in them when they walk through the door.”

Mr Lawrence, 71, moved back to his childhood home in Tulsa in 1999 after his wife passed away. 

His childhood memories are as fresh as ever. “I remember rolling around on this very floor as a little boy. We used to catch fireflies in the frontyard.”

Mr. Lawrence is the father of six kids and “too many grandchildren and great grandchildren to count.” He jokes saying, “I think there are 15,000.”

Rebuilding Together Tulsa renovated Mr. Lawrence’s home to ensure that he can age in place in a safe and healthy home. Volunteers installed air sealing, attic insulation, two new doors with deadbolts, handrails, and new siding. They also replaced the home’s drywall and repaired his plumbing. Mr. Lawrence’s home is now more energy efficient, weatherproof and accessible.

As part of their National Rebuilding Month celebration on April 20, Rebuilding Together Tulsa will send another team of volunteers to paint the outside of Mr. Lawrence’s home and clean up his yard. Mr. Lawrence’s home is just one of 16 projects happening that day for Rebuilding Together Tulsa. His neighborhood in particular is in great need of critical home repairs and community revitalization. 

Mr. Lawrence had this to say about his Rebuilding Together experience, “I love these guys volunteering. They are good people. You can see the light shining in them when they walk through the door.”

“What a Special Gift”
When Mary first contacted Rebuilding Together Aurora to see about getting her broken chairlift replaced, she had almost given hope of being able to leave her home. A ramp was out of the question for her from a financial standpoint, and due to the weakening of the muscles in her neck from her disability, being carried outside was painful and traumatic for her. It was October of 2012, and she hadn’t been outside of her house more than once in ten months.
Rebuilding Together Aurora was able to address her need for a new lift through the Safe at Home Program, funded by the City of Aurora’s Community Development Block Grant. Mary was amazed to hear that she would be able to use her lift before Christmas, and also a little bit skeptical; however, just about two months later she was able to roll out her back door and into the wider world. “The lift is just wonderful,” Mary says, glowing with excitement, “because I can scoot right out the door, no jostling!” Mary says while she wasn’t exactly lonely during her year in her house, having the company of her dogs and caregiver, she did get “cabin fever.” She would think of how nice it would be to get out and just run simple errands, to be able to see different things and make contact with a variety of people.
When asked where she planned on going to enjoy her regained freedom, Mary said, “I want to go to Ice Cream Drive,” where a popular shopping center is located. “So many of the stores that I like, all in one place.” Mary’s story reminds those of us who do not have mobility impairments of the aspects of life that we take for granted. Mary was overjoyed to have her lift ready in time for Christmas, as she’d been told it would be. “What a special gift! It would really be my pleasure to help anyone realize how wonderful this program is and how it can impact people’s lives.”

“What a Special Gift”

When Mary first contacted Rebuilding Together Aurora to see about getting her broken chairlift replaced, she had almost given hope of being able to leave her home. A ramp was out of the question for her from a financial standpoint, and due to the weakening of the muscles in her neck from her disability, being carried outside was painful and traumatic for her. It was October of 2012, and she hadn’t been outside of her house more than once in ten months.

Rebuilding Together Aurora was able to address her need for a new lift through the Safe at Home Program, funded by the City of Aurora’s Community Development Block Grant. Mary was amazed to hear that she would be able to use her lift before Christmas, and also a little bit skeptical; however, just about two months later she was able to roll out her back door and into the wider world. “The lift is just wonderful,” Mary says, glowing with excitement, “because I can scoot right out the door, no jostling!” Mary says while she wasn’t exactly lonely during her year in her house, having the company of her dogs and caregiver, she did get “cabin fever.” She would think of how nice it would be to get out and just run simple errands, to be able to see different things and make contact with a variety of people.

When asked where she planned on going to enjoy her regained freedom, Mary said, “I want to go to Ice Cream Drive,” where a popular shopping center is located. “So many of the stores that I like, all in one place.” Mary’s story reminds those of us who do not have mobility impairments of the aspects of life that we take for granted. Mary was overjoyed to have her lift ready in time for Christmas, as she’d been told it would be. “What a special gift! It would really be my pleasure to help anyone realize how wonderful this program is and how it can impact people’s lives.”

Rebuilding Together Muscatine County helps elderly woman age in place 
Evelyn Powell, 89, has lived in her home for over 40 years. It’s where she and her husband spent their years together before he passed away. And it’s where she lives with her daughter today.
Evelyn reached out to Rebuilding Together Muscatine County to fix up some windows. When Frank Iliff, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Muscatine County, went to check out Evelyn’s home, he found that she needed much more than just a few windows. He immediately saw a safety hazard in the narrow basement stairs for the 5 foot tall elderly woman. She would walk down the stairs with a heavy basket of clothes every time she needed to do the laundry. Their bathroom was also in bad shape. The floor was rug upon rug, the ceiling lacked insulation, and the walls were weak and thin.
Frank quickly assembled a team of 20 volunteers to renovate this two story house. They installed handrails for the basement staircase. Volunteers moved the washer and dryer to the main floor to make doing laundry easier for Evelyn. Volunteers replaced Evelyn’s bathroom floor, the tub, the walls, and installed insulation, a new sink, vanity, and toilet. And for those drafty windows, volunteers replaced all 19 windows in the Powell’s home. Volunteers also cleaned out Evelyn’s basement, landscaped her yard, and built steps on her hilly front lawn.
Heather, one of Frank’s House Ambassadors, was able to give Evelyn and her daughter another special gift during their renovations. Evelyn’s daughter was born deaf and the two could hardly communicate. Evelyn learned a few words in sign language, but their communication was mostly done through notes. Heather knew sign language and spent some of the day translating for them, giving this mother and daughter one of their first conversations. Frank remembered seeing the two women in tears as they talked about Evelyn’s late husband, their wedding day and honeymoon. 

Rebuilding Together Muscatine County helps elderly woman age in place 

Evelyn Powell, 89, has lived in her home for over 40 years. It’s where she and her husband spent their years together before he passed away. And it’s where she lives with her daughter today.

Evelyn reached out to Rebuilding Together Muscatine County to fix up some windows. When Frank Iliff, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Muscatine County, went to check out Evelyn’s home, he found that she needed much more than just a few windows. He immediately saw a safety hazard in the narrow basement stairs for the 5 foot tall elderly woman. She would walk down the stairs with a heavy basket of clothes every time she needed to do the laundry. Their bathroom was also in bad shape. The floor was rug upon rug, the ceiling lacked insulation, and the walls were weak and thin.

Frank quickly assembled a team of 20 volunteers to renovate this two story house. They installed handrails for the basement staircase. Volunteers moved the washer and dryer to the main floor to make doing laundry easier for Evelyn. Volunteers replaced Evelyn’s bathroom floor, the tub, the walls, and installed insulation, a new sink, vanity, and toilet. And for those drafty windows, volunteers replaced all 19 windows in the Powell’s home. Volunteers also cleaned out Evelyn’s basement, landscaped her yard, and built steps on her hilly front lawn.

Heather, one of Frank’s House Ambassadors, was able to give Evelyn and her daughter another special gift during their renovations. Evelyn’s daughter was born deaf and the two could hardly communicate. Evelyn learned a few words in sign language, but their communication was mostly done through notes. Heather knew sign language and spent some of the day translating for them, giving this mother and daughter one of their first conversations. Frank remembered seeing the two women in tears as they talked about Evelyn’s late husband, their wedding day and honeymoon. 

Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County Helps Homeowner Maintain Independence
Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County helped a 77-year-old woman maintain her independence with their recent renovations.
The mother of five had both her legs amputated at the knee due to diabetes. The woman suffered a fall on her old and crumbling ramp, breaking both of her femurs. She couldn’t use her artificial legs due to her injuries.
Surviving on Social Security, the Anne Arundel County resident couldn’t afford to make the necessary accessibility modifications she desperately needed. Due to her limited mobility, she could no longer access her bathroom safely. Without adequate financial resources for repairs, she was forced to use a plastic cup and her kitchen sink to bathe. The ceiling in her family room was caving in and her soffits were developing large holes.
Over 45 volunteers worked two days to help restore this recipient’s home. Volunteers built a new ramp, installed a new ceiling in the family room, cleaned out her attic, landscaped the front yard, fixed the faucets, installed insulation, and lowered her mailbox. Barbara Cupp, the Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County, said she felt compelled to help her. “She found herself in a house crumbling around her,” Barbara said. “She was confined to one room in her house due to her situation. I don’t know how much longer she could have stayed in the house.”
Barbara said, “She’s determined, strong, and fiercely independent. She doesn’t have it in her to depend on anyone.” The homeowner was very grateful to all those volunteers who helped make it possible for her to age in place. “On her final look at the finished project, she burst into tears. The idea of her whole to-do list of 20 years being done was overwhelming.”
The volunteers were made up of two church groups and a group from the Naval Academy. One volunteer didn’t live too far from the project, so he and his wife would often go back to do finishing touches and check in on the homeowner.
Barbara said the homeowner was shy at first around the large group of volunteers, but became very social and got along wonderfully with all of them. After seeing what the Rebuilding Together volunteers did for her, the homeowner said to Barbara, “I didn’t know there were people who would help me.”

Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County Helps Homeowner Maintain Independence

Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County helped a 77-year-old woman maintain her independence with their recent renovations.

The mother of five had both her legs amputated at the knee due to diabetes. The woman suffered a fall on her old and crumbling ramp, breaking both of her femurs. She couldn’t use her artificial legs due to her injuries.

Surviving on Social Security, the Anne Arundel County resident couldn’t afford to make the necessary accessibility modifications she desperately needed. Due to her limited mobility, she could no longer access her bathroom safely. Without adequate financial resources for repairs, she was forced to use a plastic cup and her kitchen sink to bathe. The ceiling in her family room was caving in and her soffits were developing large holes.

Over 45 volunteers worked two days to help restore this recipient’s home. Volunteers built a new ramp, installed a new ceiling in the family room, cleaned out her attic, landscaped the front yard, fixed the faucets, installed insulation, and lowered her mailbox. Barbara Cupp, the Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County, said she felt compelled to help her. “She found herself in a house crumbling around her,” Barbara said. “She was confined to one room in her house due to her situation. I don’t know how much longer she could have stayed in the house.”

Barbara said, “She’s determined, strong, and fiercely independent. She doesn’t have it in her to depend on anyone.” The homeowner was very grateful to all those volunteers who helped make it possible for her to age in place. “On her final look at the finished project, she burst into tears. The idea of her whole to-do list of 20 years being done was overwhelming.”

The volunteers were made up of two church groups and a group from the Naval Academy. One volunteer didn’t live too far from the project, so he and his wife would often go back to do finishing touches and check in on the homeowner.

Barbara said the homeowner was shy at first around the large group of volunteers, but became very social and got along wonderfully with all of them. After seeing what the Rebuilding Together volunteers did for her, the homeowner said to Barbara, “I didn’t know there were people who would help me.”