Rebuilding Together Orlando - About Us
Rebuilding Together focuses on home modifications and community-centric programs which serve a variety of populations: veterans, the disabled, seniors, and families with children. Rebuilding Together provides critical repairs and renovations for low-income homeowners across the United States, and has done so for almost 25 year.
We believe that every person deserves to live in a safe and healthy home.
Home by home, block by block, Rebuilding Together is rebuilding homes and communities nationwide. For almost 25 years, Rebuilding Together has provided extensive home rehabilitation and modification services to homeowners in-need. Our network of almost 170 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 $1.5 billion in market value reinvested to date into the communities we serve. With the help of everyday citizen volunteers, skilled tradespeople, the support of local business and major corporate partners, Rebuilding Together affiliates make life better for thousands of low-income homeowners every year. 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.
Home by home, block by block, entire communities are transformed.
Rebuilding Together Orlando is a not-for-profit organization formed in 2002 to assist low-income seniors, veterans, families with children, and disabled homeowners living in Central Florida with repairs necessary to help make their homes comfortable, safe, and dry.
Renovation and repairs performed on these homes safeguard them against damage and loss of value, which is a benefit to both the homeowner and any organization financing and/or insuring the property.
But numbers and statistics alone don’t tell the full Rebuilding Together Orlando story…
Retired textbook editor Linda Lipofsky may be the last Central Floridian to move back into a home damaged by the hurricanes of 2004. This week marks her return to the three-bedroom home in south Orange County where she had planned to spend the rest of her life before hurricanes Charley and Jeanne destroyed the roof. It took eight years of displacement and contractor mishaps before she found a team of volunteers, sponsors and nonprofits to rebuild it for her.
It was actually on HGTV that her daughter saw a promotion for a program that reclaimed houses ruined in disasters. The two began emailing the group and soon connected with Rebuilding Together. Volunteers from that nonprofit and from the Orlando office of CBRE Group, a commercial-real-estate brokerage, have worked on the house since August.
On Tuesday, she stood in that kitchen, with its new cabinets, tile floors and lighting. Almost as a reminder of how far she had come, she was holding the old hot pot — the same small appliance that had once heated her bath water.
Excerpted from The Orlando Sentinel, October 24, 2012