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Rebuilding More Than Homes

Repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives.

Mission: Repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives.
Vision: Safe homes and communities for everyone.

 

Mission and History

Rebuilding Together® Boston (RTB) is the Boston affiliate of Rebuilding Together, a national organization that renovates houses of people unable to pay for essential home repairs and much-needed updates. Non-profit organizations that own their own facilities are also eligible for RTB's assistance. There is no cost to the recipients.

RTB organizes and collaborates with skilled workers, tradespeople, volunteers, and other community members and non-profit organizations to meet the pressing needs of our communities through:

  • preserving affordable housing
  • stabilizing neighborhoods
  • providing safety, security and independence to our clients
  • reducing the risk of homelessness

RTB recipients own their home or facility, but they can not afford to pay for critical repairs due to many factors beyond their control. These include rising property taxes; fixed incomes that have not keep pace with the cost of living; and loss of income or financial hardship resulting from medical emergencies or advancing age.

Since our founding in 1991, RTB has completed over 400 renovation projects (often top to bottom major repairs for an estimated total value of over $7 million). We rely on financial support from individual contributors, foundations, and corporations to carry out RTB's mission. At present, the organization receives no funding from government agencies.

We also rely on donations of goods and services from corporations and other vendors. These donations bring in four dollars of additional value for every dollar RTB spends on repair/renovation work. RTB succeeds because it is “people helping people,” in keeping with the great American tradition of “barn raising” by friends and neighbors.

We are thrilled to be recognized by the Cummings Foundation in 2019/20 as one of the 100 for 100K. These funds will allow us to develop our capacity to meet the growing need of low income and moderate income Boston homeowners.

COMMUNITY

Read stories from RTB recipients in Boston and apply for your home or non-profit to receive relief.

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Learn more about our history and mission, staff and board members, Stories, Sponsors and FAQs.

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Programs and Services

Recipients of RTB services are chosen without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, age or gender. We use income guidelines from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as one guide in helping to determine the qualifications of applicants.

Some of the organizations served through our programs include the New England Center for Homeless Veterans; Project Hope; Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly; AIDS Action; Brookview House; Dorchester Nazarene Compassionate Care Center; and, Greenwood Church.

RTB offers three programs of service:

National Rebuilding Day

Join our largest service day effort of the year.

Year-Round Program

Seeking skilled tradespeople for all service days.

Special Service Days

Sponsor a volunteer day of service between May and October.

400 Projects Completed, 20k Volunteers, Seven Million Dollars in Repairs
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Board Members & Staff

Staff
Karen Clay, Executive Director
John Staiger, Project Coordinator

Board of Directors

John Berman, Marcus Partners
Jeff Bonner, Sterling National Bank
Travis DeMar, Co-Chair, Pegasystems
Bill Duke, Dassault Systemes
John Fisher, Lincoln Property Company
Sherri Lowe, SEL Consulting
Neil McCullagh, Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action
Chris Pedersen, Grand Circle Corporation
Michael Potter, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc
Caroline Staudt, Compass Real Estate
Megan Riccardi, Sophos
Reilly Zlab, City of Boston Department of Innovation and Technology

2019 Annual Report

2017/2018 Annual Report

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Our Sponsors

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Forbes – 5 Things to Know About The Affordable Housing Crisis
“Housing does more than provide physical shelter: It gives people a sense of belonging, a safer living environment and a community to call home.” Stable housing can impact every part of a person’s life. There is no easy solution to the affordable housing crisis, but it is important for public, private and nonprofit sectors to work together to address it.
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Many social issues stem from a history of unstable, unaffordable, and poor-quality housing. Research shows that housing is the first rung on the ladder to economic opportunity for individuals and that a person’s access to opportunity is intrinsically linked with that of the community at large. As the gap between rents and incomes widens, it is critical that professionals in fields outside housing—including health, education, and economic development, among others—understand its central importance.
Learn more on our website!
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Research shows that most people prefer to age in place—remaining at home, near family, and in their community as they get older. But not all places are equal, and harmful neighborhood conditions can lead to poorer health outcomes and reduced life expectancy. Who bears the biggest burden from unequal neighborhood conditions?

Relying on data from the 2010 Health and Retirement Study and a scan of relevant academic literature, researchers examine how neighborhood poverty, disorder, social cohesion, and air pollution affect health outcomes for older adults of different incomes, races, and ethnicities. The evidence suggests that low-income older adults and older adults of color are more likely to live in neighborhoods with economic, social, and physical conditions that are detrimental to their health.

Key findings - Residents of economically disadvantaged neighborhoods—regardless of their own income level—are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases, mobility issues, cognitive impairment, and accelerated biological aging than those living in more economically prosperous neighborhoods.
- At every level of income, Hispanic and Black older adults are more than twice as likely to live in high-poverty neighborhoods than white older adults—with some income levels showing much larger disparities.
- Among adults with low incomes, 66% of older Blacks and 60% of older Hispanics reside in high-poverty neighborhoods compared with just 20% of older whites. Meanwhile, the share of upper-income older Blacks and Hispanics living in a high-poverty neighborhood is higher than the share of low-income older whites residing in such places.
- Neighborhood disorder, from vacant buildings to safety concerns, can cause psychological distress and reduce rates of physical activity among older adults. - Strong connections and relationships with neighbors are critical for the health and well-being of older adults.
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Testimonials

"I became involved with RTB in its first year in Boston when it was known as Christmas in April. The program is compelling -- working together with skilled and unskilled volunteers to keep people safe and warm in their homes. On one day, we have made an impact on a single home and on entire neighborhoods. Time and time again I saw lives of homeowners and volunteers greatly enriched by a single day of helping. And, for me, the best part of each rebuilding day is the hug received from the homeowner."

- Steve Sousa, volunteer and past Board member

“I enjoyed the replacement of my windows. I had so much air coming through and loss of energy that I immediately felt the difference once (they were) installed. I want to thank all involved. They did a fantastic job and worked as a team. Everyone was so professional and very friendly. I could not have felt so comfortable around strangers. I am not a church person but I thank G-d for the goodness and kindness that was given to me.”

- Dorchester homeowner

"Without the help of RT Boston, both projects, which were greatly needed, would not have occurred. These areas are more functional and look better, brighter, and more cheerful, and they are a moral support to the veterans we support. It demonstrates to them that we have a supportive community that truly cares about their needs. The veterans, staff, and Board of Directors of NECHV are extremely grateful to Rebuilding Together (RT) Boston for their overwhelming support and friendship this year, and we all appreciate the fine renovations that help us further our mission."

- New England Center for Homeless Veterans

"The volunteers worked so hard to make me happy. They did a great job all in one day…the repairs they made were huge. All were appreciated by my family and me.”

- Jamaica Plain Homeowner

"...The NECHV would like to express its appreciation, not only to RT Boston, but also to the many companies and organizations that provided contributions and volunteer support. RT Boston has indeed helped our organization in a substantial way that is to be commended and will always remain appreciated by all the veterans we serve. Thank you."

- New England Center for Homeless Veterans

“It is part of our way to give back to the community…doing for those that either don't have resources or the time to do for themselves.”

- Corporate Volunteer