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That's how many low-income homeowners currently reside in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . As the cost of living soars, many of these residents, lacking the funds for the ongoing maintenance and inevitable upkeep that is inherent in home ownership, watch helplessly as their residences slide into disrepair. Not surprisingly, many among this 24 million are people challenged with various physical and intellectual disabilities. Their homes often are not accessibility friendly. According to according to
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3. Gary Officer, President and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of Rebuilding Together Rebuilding Together is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing and rebuilding communities, buildings, and houses for low-income homeowners and neighborhoods through the use of volunteer labor. , a national nonprofit that preserves and revitalizes houses all over the United States, approximately 1.3 million lower-income homeowners report a household member whose disabilities are serious enough to require special home modifications, equipment, or personal assistance.
And the number of low-income homeowners is increasing each year with an estimated 28.5 million expected by 2010. More and more families will find themselves in the position of choosing between buying food for the week or fixing a leaking roof, purchasing needed medication for the month or equipping a bathroom for handicap accessibility. This is where Rebuilding Together comes in, working to alleviate these agonizing either/or situations.
Like many American success stories, the genesis of Rebuilding Together is one of humble beginnings Humble Beginnings was an American pop punk band from New Jersey. While never gaining large-scale success, many of the band's members went on to mainstream success with other outfits. . Rebuilding Together, formerly known as Christmas in April, began in 1973 when volunteers in Midland, Texas Midland is the county seat of Midland CountyGR6 located on the Southern Plains of the western area of the U.S. State of Texas. As of the 2006 U.S. Census estimate, the city had a total population of 102,073. decided to devote one day in April to repairing and sprucing up the dilapidated homes of neighbors in their community who were in a low-income bracket, had disabilities, or were elderly. By 1982, the program had reached the Washington, D.C. area, where volunteers included Cabinet members, White House staff, and other national figures. With a commitment to spread the program to every state, Rebuilding Together's national headquarters was launched in 1988. Rebuilding Together continues to grow as volunteers pour forth Verb 1. pour forth - pour out in drops or small quantities or as if in drops or small quantities; "shed tears"; "spill blood"; "God shed His grace on Thee"
pour - cause to run; "pour water over the floor" to transform homes and neighborhoods in communities nationwide. Last year Rebuilding Together reached a significant milestone after repairing and rehabilitating its 100,000th house! Last year alone, RT rehabbed 8900 and further increase is expected in 2007 with a projected number of 9100 homes. That number got a real boost on April 28, National Rebuild Day. While projects are accomplished throughout the course of the year, this annual signature RT event is held on the last Saturday of April, heralding back to the organization's beginnings. With tools in hand and hearts open to helping their neighbors, over 272,000 volunteers worked to preserve and revitalize over 7,500 homes that day.
RT's goal is one of beautiful simplicity: assure a warm, safe, and dry home for people in need, recognizing that adequate shelter is one of a person's most basic of needs. And looking at the bigger picture, RT realizes that homeownership stabilizes and strengthens communities; strong communities create a strong nation.
Eighteen hundred U.S. towns and cities, are served by an RT affiliate, and recipients are referred through community-based organizations or by self-referral which can be accomplished by filling out a form on RT's main website.
For more information about Rebuilding Together, go to www.rebuildingtogether.org.
Rebuilding Together Pasadena
Twenty-six years ago, Gary Charpentier suffered a spinal injury in a swimming accident that left him with no muscular control or sensation below his neck; he is able to get around in a wheelchair using mouth controls. Forty five Rebuilding Together Pasadena volunteers from Big Sunday and David Gooler Construction over two weekends made $70,000 in home renovations this spring to make Gary's home more accessible--replacing the roof, repairing the handicapped ramp, priming and painting the living room and house exterior, putting in a kitchen floor, repairing the electrical system, replacing motion detectors, and providing a hospital bed with self-oscillating compression to prevent bedsores Bedsores Definition
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Since 1992, Rebuilding Together Pasadena has complete 160 projects with an estimated value of over $2.3 million. This is the first year that all RTP recipients are homeowners with disabilities. RTP's Web site is www.rtpasadena.org, and the email address See Internet address. is email@example.com.
Rebuilding Together Bergen County
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Wheel chair ramps, accessible bathrooms and kitchens, larger egress See ingress. points, and modifications for visually and hearing impaired homeowners are among the improvements that RTBC has made in recent years. RTBC completed 10 projects, including three for persons with disabilities, on National Rebuild Day 2007.
The National Institute for People with Disabilities, NJ (NIPD/NJ) also asked for RTBC's help this year with its group home in Northvale, a beautiful home that just felt a little "institutional." RTBC volunteers had a wonderful experience working with adult residents of the home in painting, installing carpet, planting a garden, and re-tiling the kitchen floor. After just one day's hard work by the volunteers and residents the house magically became a home.
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To learn more about RTBC, please visit our website at www.rebuildingtogetherbergen.org or call 201-447-8886.
For more information on Rebuilding Together Hartford, contact Greg Secord, Executive Director, Rebuilding Together Hartford, firstname.lastname@example.org, 860.757.9428.
Rebuilding Together Hartford
It was a challenge for Mattie Newel to get into the holiday spirit last year. The 75-year-old Hartford, CT resident was still reeling from the loss of one of her seven sons, who died of a heart attack less than a month earlier, when the son living with and caring for her lost his job. Adding to her hardships, her ailing health made it difficult for her to safely move around her home and keep it maintained.
Living on a fixed income, Newel could not afford the modifications necessary to make her home a safe place to live as she aged. So when she found out she had been chosen to receive free home safety repairs, she was convinced it was a holiday miracle. "I was excited and ecstatic, and I just had to thank God," Newel said.
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Approximately 15 volunteers came together for a day of renovations and repairs. The group focused on addressing health, safety, and accessibility issues by installing fire extinguishers and smoke and carbon monoxide carbon monoxide, chemical compound, CO, a colorless, odorless, tasteless, extremely poisonous gas that is less dense than air under ordinary conditions. It is very slightly soluble in water and burns in air with a characteristic blue flame, producing carbon dioxide; detectors; securing the railings on all stairs; repairing the porch steps; improving the lighting; painting the interior; repairing the fence; and moving Newel's bedroom to the first floor. RTH also was able to install a new roof on the home with help from Neighborhoods of Hartford, as well as convert the bathtub into a shower with a grant from the North Central Area Agency on Aging.
For more information on Rebuilding Together Harford, contact Greg Secord, Executive Director, Rebuilding Together Hartford, email@example.com, 860.757.9428.