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. 

Mr. and Mrs. White live with three of their children and their grandchild. They’ve spent the last 21 years in their West Pittsburgh home raising their family.
Mr. White is substitute teacher and Mrs. White works for the municipal court system. These two working grandparents were finding it hard to keep a safe and healthy home while providing for their large family.

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh was more than happy to help the Whites. Volunteers painted their kitchen walls, replaced 20-year-old flooring, replaced damaged ceiling tiles, and repaired broken baseboard heaters that risked burning the small children in the home. They also made the home more accessible by installing a new handrail on the front porch, a brighter light fixture, and stabilizing the handrail for the interior staircase.

Mr. and Mrs. White live with three of their children and their grandchild. They’ve spent the last 21 years in their West Pittsburgh home raising their family.

Mr. White is substitute teacher and Mrs. White works for the municipal court system. These two working grandparents were finding it hard to keep a safe and healthy home while providing for their large family.

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh was more than happy to help the Whites. Volunteers painted their kitchen walls, replaced 20-year-old flooring, replaced damaged ceiling tiles, and repaired broken baseboard heaters that risked burning the small children in the home. They also made the home more accessible by installing a new handrail on the front porch, a brighter light fixture, and stabilizing the handrail for the interior staircase.

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 Central Ohio helped Ms. Scott, 89, during their Building a Healthy Neighborhood event.
Ms. Scott married her husband, a U.S. Army veteran, after he came home from serving his country in World War II. She still lives in the same house she and husband called home and raised their two children in. In fact, she’s been in her home for almost 70 years.
One her favorite things to do is sit outside on her porch and talk to the people passing by. The neighborhood knows her house as Porch Ministries and Ms. Scott is the self-proclaimed CEO.

She survives on a fixed income, which makes fixing the critical repairs she needs an impossibility. Volunteers from Rebuilding Together Central Ohio installed grab bars in her bathrooms, painted her bedroom, repaired downspouts to divert water away from the foundation, cleaned her gutters, and built a new back porch for her to safely enter and leave her home.

Rebuilding Together Central Ohio helped Ms. Scott, 89, during their Building a Healthy Neighborhood event.

Ms. Scott married her husband, a U.S. Army veteran, after he came home from serving his country in World War II. She still lives in the same house she and husband called home and raised their two children in. In fact, she’s been in her home for almost 70 years.

One her favorite things to do is sit outside on her porch and talk to the people passing by. The neighborhood knows her house as Porch Ministries and Ms. Scott is the self-proclaimed CEO.

She survives on a fixed income, which makes fixing the critical repairs she needs an impossibility. Volunteers from Rebuilding Together Central Ohio installed grab bars in her bathrooms, painted her bedroom, repaired downspouts to divert water away from the foundation, cleaned her gutters, and built a new back porch for her to safely enter and leave her home.

Rebuilding Together Seattle repaired the house Linda has called home for over 30 years.
Linda, 60, has been unemployed since 2009 and her husband lost his job a month ago. She and her husband live in Seattle’s Rainier Beach community, a historically impoverished area and where the majority of Rebuilding Together Seattle’s projects take place. Linda also suffers from liver cancer and type 1 diabetes.
Their small, one story home needed a lot of repairs. There was floor and wall damage caused by rodents. There was no insulation of any kind under the house. A heating duct was completely rusted through, preventing any heat from getting to the house.
Volunteers from Rebuilding Together Seattle installed insulation under the house and a new washer and dryer. They painted, replaced the broken heater, shingles, and four interior doors. They also redid their baseboards and patched all the holes.
“She was absolutely thrilled,” Mike Lahoda, program associate for Rebuilding Together Seattle, said regarding Linda’s reaction to her repaired home. Mike added that this was the first time Linda was on the receiving end of help. She dedicated her life to keeping her son out of trouble and taking in her son’s friends who lost their way. “She’s a really good neighbor and role model,” said Mike.
While the 20 volunteers were working, Linda tried her best to make them feel as at home as possible. She spoke to every volunteer, asking about their lives and how they were doing. “Her energy really built the team up,” said Mike. Abdi, one of the project managers, actually grew up in Linda’s neighborhood and the two shared a lot of personal connections.

Linda is very active in Seattle’s music and art scene. She told Mike that seeing the new shade of pink paint on her home has inspired her to write a poem called Pink House.

Rebuilding Together Seattle repaired the house Linda has called home for over 30 years.

Linda, 60, has been unemployed since 2009 and her husband lost his job a month ago. She and her husband live in Seattle’s Rainier Beach community, a historically impoverished area and where the majority of Rebuilding Together Seattle’s projects take place. Linda also suffers from liver cancer and type 1 diabetes.

Their small, one story home needed a lot of repairs. There was floor and wall damage caused by rodents. There was no insulation of any kind under the house. A heating duct was completely rusted through, preventing any heat from getting to the house.

Volunteers from Rebuilding Together Seattle installed insulation under the house and a new washer and dryer. They painted, replaced the broken heater, shingles, and four interior doors. They also redid their baseboards and patched all the holes.

“She was absolutely thrilled,” Mike Lahoda, program associate for Rebuilding Together Seattle, said regarding Linda’s reaction to her repaired home. Mike added that this was the first time Linda was on the receiving end of help. She dedicated her life to keeping her son out of trouble and taking in her son’s friends who lost their way. “She’s a really good neighbor and role model,” said Mike.

While the 20 volunteers were working, Linda tried her best to make them feel as at home as possible. She spoke to every volunteer, asking about their lives and how they were doing. “Her energy really built the team up,” said Mike. Abdi, one of the project managers, actually grew up in Linda’s neighborhood and the two shared a lot of personal connections.

Linda is very active in Seattle’s music and art scene. She told Mike that seeing the new shade of pink paint on her home has inspired her to write a poem called Pink House.

Meet Susan Hawfield!
Susan Hawfield has recently rejoined Rebuilding Together’s National Office after spending the better part of 10 years at Rebuilding Together Montgomery County. She started out as the director of program services and served as the executive director for six years after that. She is our new senior director of affiliate relations.
Susan currently calls Kensington, Maryland, home, but she is originally from North Carolina.
A graduate from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Susan started at Rebuilding Together in September of 1999 as a program associate in the National Office’s Program Department.
When asked why she transitioned from the National Office to the Affiliate Network, Susan said, “It looked like the affiliate network was having great fun. I wanted to implement the mission on the ground. I appreciated how difficult it was to have so many moving parts to the mission. The work was worth it in the end because the person had a safer and healthier home.”
What made her want to come back to the National Office? “I learned a lot working for an affiliate for nine plus years. It was awesome. The opportunity to help the affiliate network was a challenge I could bring insight to. I never had a job where I didn’t need a lot of training,” said Susan.
Susan has plenty of favorite Rebuilding Together moments. One being an elderly woman who Susan said she always carries in her heart. The woman was in her 90s and lived with her middle aged son who had a developmental disability. Susan described their home as modest with almost no food. Lawn furniture was used for living room furniture. The ceiling of their second floor was completely collapsed. The homeowner told Susan, “I would have ended up in a shelter if it wasn’t for Rebuilding Together Montgomery County.” Despite everything, Susan said the homeowner was the happiest person she ever met. She even discovered that she and the homeowner shared the same hometown in North Carolina.
A volunteer that has really inspired her is Jerry Liu. He’s been helping his neighbors with Rebuilding Together Montgomery County for over 20 years. In fact, he’s heading to Brooklyn with Rebuilding Together to help survivors of Hurricane Sandy.
Rebuilding Together’s National Office is very excited to have Susan onboard!

Meet Susan Hawfield!

Susan Hawfield has recently rejoined Rebuilding Together’s National Office after spending the better part of 10 years at Rebuilding Together Montgomery County. She started out as the director of program services and served as the executive director for six years after that. She is our new senior director of affiliate relations.

Susan currently calls Kensington, Maryland, home, but she is originally from North Carolina.

A graduate from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Susan started at Rebuilding Together in September of 1999 as a program associate in the National Office’s Program Department.

When asked why she transitioned from the National Office to the Affiliate Network, Susan said,It looked like the affiliate network was having great fun. I wanted to implement the mission on the ground. I appreciated how difficult it was to have so many moving parts to the mission. The work was worth it in the end because the person had a safer and healthier home.”

What made her want to come back to the National Office? “I learned a lot working for an affiliate for nine plus years. It was awesome. The opportunity to help the affiliate network was a challenge I could bring insight to. I never had a job where I didn’t need a lot of training,” said Susan.

Susan has plenty of favorite Rebuilding Together moments. One being an elderly woman who Susan said she always carries in her heart. The woman was in her 90s and lived with her middle aged son who had a developmental disability. Susan described their home as modest with almost no food. Lawn furniture was used for living room furniture. The ceiling of their second floor was completely collapsed. The homeowner told Susan, “I would have ended up in a shelter if it wasn’t for Rebuilding Together Montgomery County.” Despite everything, Susan said the homeowner was the happiest person she ever met. She even discovered that she and the homeowner shared the same hometown in North Carolina.

A volunteer that has really inspired her is Jerry Liu. He’s been helping his neighbors with Rebuilding Together Montgomery County for over 20 years. In fact, he’s heading to Brooklyn with Rebuilding Together to help survivors of Hurricane Sandy.

Rebuilding Together’s National Office is very excited to have Susan onboard!

Mr. Patterson, 65, is a retired carpenter and Vietnam War veteran living in Alexandria, Va. Due to being exposed to Agent Orange, a chemical made of herbicides used by the military in Vietnam to remove trees and vegetation, Mr. Patterson had to have both of his legs amputated. He now relies on his prosthetic legs to move around.
Rebuilding Together Alexandria worked with Mr. Patterson to ensure that his home was safe, healthy, and accessible. Mr. Patterson has spent his entire life in this home. They noticed that his lawn needed landscaping, the energy inefficiency of his home was costing him extra money in energy bills, and that it was difficult for Mr. Patterson to safely navigate his home.
The 20 volunteers that dedicated an entire day to renovating Mr. Patterson’s house wanted to give him a home where he could age in place and feel proud. The volunteers made energy efficient upgrades and renovations like cleaning out the coils under the refrigerator, sealing outlets, and weatherizing his windows and doors. While Mr. Patterson can still do many things on his own, he struggled with getting groceries from his car and into his home. Volunteers installed a gate on his porch closest to where Mr. Patterson parks. Now all he has to do is open the back door of his car, open the gate, and set the bags on the porch. Volunteers also installed a new wheel chair accessible ramp on Mr. Patterson’s back porch.
Mr. Patterson is elated with how the energy efficient upgrades have lowered his bills. And he is even happier with how much easier he can move around his home. In fact, one of his favorite things to do now is to sit out on his new porches.
“I can’t imagine what it’s like to grow up in one single home, fear you won’t be able to remain there, and then receive repairs and renovations so that you can age there safely,” said Ali Feudo, the AmeriCorps Community Outreach Coordinator for Rebuilding Together Alexandria. “But John doesn’t have to imagine. He knows. And that makes me happy.”

Mr. Patterson, 65, is a retired carpenter and Vietnam War veteran living in Alexandria, Va. Due to being exposed to Agent Orange, a chemical made of herbicides used by the military in Vietnam to remove trees and vegetation, Mr. Patterson had to have both of his legs amputated. He now relies on his prosthetic legs to move around.

Rebuilding Together Alexandria worked with Mr. Patterson to ensure that his home was safe, healthy, and accessible. Mr. Patterson has spent his entire life in this home. They noticed that his lawn needed landscaping, the energy inefficiency of his home was costing him extra money in energy bills, and that it was difficult for Mr. Patterson to safely navigate his home.

The 20 volunteers that dedicated an entire day to renovating Mr. Patterson’s house wanted to give him a home where he could age in place and feel proud. The volunteers made energy efficient upgrades and renovations like cleaning out the coils under the refrigerator, sealing outlets, and weatherizing his windows and doors. While Mr. Patterson can still do many things on his own, he struggled with getting groceries from his car and into his home. Volunteers installed a gate on his porch closest to where Mr. Patterson parks. Now all he has to do is open the back door of his car, open the gate, and set the bags on the porch. Volunteers also installed a new wheel chair accessible ramp on Mr. Patterson’s back porch.

Mr. Patterson is elated with how the energy efficient upgrades have lowered his bills. And he is even happier with how much easier he can move around his home. In fact, one of his favorite things to do now is to sit out on his new porches.

“I can’t imagine what it’s like to grow up in one single home, fear you won’t be able to remain there, and then receive repairs and renovations so that you can age there safely,” said Ali Feudo, the AmeriCorps Community Outreach Coordinator for Rebuilding Together Alexandria. “But John doesn’t have to imagine. He knows. And that makes me happy.”

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.”

AmeriCorps Member Helps Bring Thanksgiving Back Home
Rachel Lehr, AmeriCorps Year Round Coordinator for Rebuilding Together South Sound, shared with us her Rebuilding Together experience
Ms. Hill is an elderly woman who lives alone in Tacoma. She has had cancer twice and has to use a walker to get around because the chemo has left her weak. She applied to Rebuilding Together South Sound because the faucets in her kitchen and bathroom were dripping constantly, the electrical system didn’t work in part of her home, and the baseboard heaters weren’t working. Her application was a little more serious than some applications that we get, but her descriptions were nowhere close to what we had anticipated.
Water ran continually, even when the sink handles were shut off, because the pipes used in Ms. Hill’s home were corroded. She had been collecting the free-flowing water in jars so it wasn’t just running down the drain. Her water bill was $600 per month. In addition, the electrical outlets in four of the six rooms in the home weren’t working and Ms. Hill was using extension cords to get power to her kitchen and bedroom. Finally, the baseboard heaters in those same rooms wouldn’t work. Ms. Hill resorted to attempting to heat her home with her oven. In the winter, her electric bill could get as high as $500 per month. After our initial home visit, I was really excited and determined to help Ms. Hill.
The Rebuilding Together South Sound volunteers couldn’t have been better! A volunteer plumber replaced the pipes and the faucets for the kitchen and bathroom sinks so they would actually shut off and be corrosion free. He checked the entire bathroom to make sure nothing would cause her any problems in the future. A volunteer contractor put in a grab bar to ensure Ms. Hill could access her restroom without assistance.  An electrician volunteer replaced all 30 broken outlets and the four baseboard heaters so Ms. Hill could actually live in her whole home. And thanks to a donation from Lowe’s, materials and new appliances were provided allowed this project to happen.
I had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Hill shortly after all the repairs were complete. For the first time in over ten years she had guests over to her home for Thanksgiving. Ms. Hill is proud of her home again. She knows she can stay in her home independently, for a longer time, and most importantly with more dignity! Her doctor was also happy because the repairs will help her during the difficult cancer recovery process.
What made me the most excited, or happy, or stunned (I’m still not really sure which) was the amount of money she is now saving every month. Her water bill dropped from $600 to $200 per month and she became eligible for the water company’s senior reduced rate, an additional $100 a month in savings. Her electric bill is a similar story - what started as a $500 bill will go down because she is heating her home efficiently and will be reduced by 30% each month. In addition to restoring a safe and healthy home, I was able to help save Ms. Hill almost $8,000 a year in utility costs!
Ms. Hill now has more freedom in her home and in her finances. I am just astounded that we can impact someone’s life so dramatically. I am grateful to have been a part of the process. I am grateful to serve.

AmeriCorps Member Helps Bring Thanksgiving Back Home

Rachel Lehr, AmeriCorps Year Round Coordinator for Rebuilding Together South Sound, shared with us her Rebuilding Together experience

Ms. Hill is an elderly woman who lives alone in Tacoma. She has had cancer twice and has to use a walker to get around because the chemo has left her weak. She applied to Rebuilding Together South Sound because the faucets in her kitchen and bathroom were dripping constantly, the electrical system didn’t work in part of her home, and the baseboard heaters weren’t working. Her application was a little more serious than some applications that we get, but her descriptions were nowhere close to what we had anticipated.

Water ran continually, even when the sink handles were shut off, because the pipes used in Ms. Hill’s home were corroded. She had been collecting the free-flowing water in jars so it wasn’t just running down the drain. Her water bill was $600 per month. In addition, the electrical outlets in four of the six rooms in the home weren’t working and Ms. Hill was using extension cords to get power to her kitchen and bedroom. Finally, the baseboard heaters in those same rooms wouldn’t work. Ms. Hill resorted to attempting to heat her home with her oven. In the winter, her electric bill could get as high as $500 per month. After our initial home visit, I was really excited and determined to help Ms. Hill.

The Rebuilding Together South Sound volunteers couldn’t have been better! A volunteer plumber replaced the pipes and the faucets for the kitchen and bathroom sinks so they would actually shut off and be corrosion free. He checked the entire bathroom to make sure nothing would cause her any problems in the future. A volunteer contractor put in a grab bar to ensure Ms. Hill could access her restroom without assistance.  An electrician volunteer replaced all 30 broken outlets and the four baseboard heaters so Ms. Hill could actually live in her whole home. And thanks to a donation from Lowe’s, materials and new appliances were provided allowed this project to happen.

I had the opportunity to speak with Ms. Hill shortly after all the repairs were complete. For the first time in over ten years she had guests over to her home for Thanksgiving. Ms. Hill is proud of her home again. She knows she can stay in her home independently, for a longer time, and most importantly with more dignity! Her doctor was also happy because the repairs will help her during the difficult cancer recovery process.

What made me the most excited, or happy, or stunned (I’m still not really sure which) was the amount of money she is now saving every month. Her water bill dropped from $600 to $200 per month and she became eligible for the water company’s senior reduced rate, an additional $100 a month in savings. Her electric bill is a similar story - what started as a $500 bill will go down because she is heating her home efficiently and will be reduced by 30% each month. In addition to restoring a safe and healthy home, I was able to help save Ms. Hill almost $8,000 a year in utility costs!

Ms. Hill now has more freedom in her home and in her finances. I am just astounded that we can impact someone’s life so dramatically. I am grateful to have been a part of the process. I am grateful to serve.

On February 1st, Rebuilding Together will celebrate our 18th Annual Kickoff to Rebuild, a Super Bowl sanctioned charity event. NFL stars Garrett Hartley and Robert Royal will join our volunteers as we renovate the homes of low-income homeowners in New Orleans. Below are just some of the stories of the people we are helping.
The Moores
Mr. and Mrs. Moore are childhood sweethearts who have been married for nearly 35 years. Mr. Moore served in the Navy for two years shortly after graduating from high school. The Moores’ eldest son and daughter share their father’s passion for service and joined the Air Force. Their daughter assisted her fellow New Orleanians during and after Hurricane Isaac. 
"I’ve been around the world, and no matter where you go, there ain’t no place quite like New Orleans," said Mr. Moore. The Moores plan on watching the Super Bowl together in their newly renovated home.
Anthony Hudson and Lauren Pope
Anthony Hudson joined the military after graduating high school and served one term as an Ammunition Specialist. While being stationed in Iraq, he watched as Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. Ever since being honorably discharged, he has dedicated himself to improving the quality of life for his family and others around him.
Anthony and Lauren are engaged and have three children together. The renovations they’re receiving will make their house a safe and healthy home for their kids to grow up in. 
Lois Paige
Lois Paige has lived in New Orleans for over 90 years. This retired elementary school teacher, wife, and mother has been a strong contributor within her community. Her proudest moment came when her daughter graduated from Tulane University’s Newcomb College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
Due to arthritis and other health issues, it is difficult for Ms. Paige to move around her house. Ms. Paige receives excellent care from her daughter and a sense of security from living next door to her grandson. However, the critical home repairs she will receive will greatly better her quality of life. 

On February 1st, Rebuilding Together will celebrate our 18th Annual Kickoff to Rebuild, a Super Bowl sanctioned charity event. NFL stars Garrett Hartley and Robert Royal will join our volunteers as we renovate the homes of low-income homeowners in New Orleans. Below are just some of the stories of the people we are helping.

The Moores

Mr. and Mrs. Moore are childhood sweethearts who have been married for nearly 35 years. Mr. Moore served in the Navy for two years shortly after graduating from high school. The Moores’ eldest son and daughter share their father’s passion for service and joined the Air Force. Their daughter assisted her fellow New Orleanians during and after Hurricane Isaac. 

"I’ve been around the world, and no matter where you go, there ain’t no place quite like New Orleans," said Mr. Moore. The Moores plan on watching the Super Bowl together in their newly renovated home.

Anthony Hudson and Lauren Pope

Anthony Hudson joined the military after graduating high school and served one term as an Ammunition Specialist. While being stationed in Iraq, he watched as Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. Ever since being honorably discharged, he has dedicated himself to improving the quality of life for his family and others around him.

Anthony and Lauren are engaged and have three children together. The renovations they’re receiving will make their house a safe and healthy home for their kids to grow up in. 

Lois Paige

Lois Paige has lived in New Orleans for over 90 years. This retired elementary school teacher, wife, and mother has been a strong contributor within her community. Her proudest moment came when her daughter graduated from Tulane University’s Newcomb College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

Due to arthritis and other health issues, it is difficult for Ms. Paige to move around her house. Ms. Paige receives excellent care from her daughter and a sense of security from living next door to her grandson. However, the critical home repairs she will receive will greatly better her quality of life.