Repairing homes and restoring hope, Rebuilding Together impacts the lives of hundreds of Houstonians each year. We are committed—on behalf of our aging clientele—to the proposition that there is no place like home.
In Houston, Rebuilding Together provides free repair and renovation programs for elderly low-income, disabled and service-veteran homeowners in need. Our programs address basic living, life event and quality-of-life circumstances. The work we’ve done since 1982 creates safer and healthier environments, and makes it possible for people to live in their own homes independently and for longer periods of time.
In 2014, Rebuilding Together supportered nearly 400 home-repair projects in the Houston area. In doing so, we more than doubled the value of every dollar donated and reinvested in more than $4.7 million of affordable local housing.
Through the work of volunteer groups and skilled craftspeople, and the financial support of individual donors, local businesses and corporate partners, Rebuilding Together makes life better for hundreds of Houstonians each year and positively impacts the communities in which they live. We help shape a brighter future for our city and make it a better place to call home.
We need your support.
Those We Serve. Those Who Serve.
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The centerpiece of Rebuilding Together's year-round quest to help elderly homeowners age in place is the Volunteer Home Repair Program. Orchestrated each spring and autumn, the VHRP enlists hundreds of volunteers from dozens of companies, institutions and organizations to provide external repair and renovation to aging homes. This program impacts hundreds of low-income elderly seniors and military veterans and provides the bulk of our rewarding volunteer experience.
In addition, Rebuilding Together has five other programs which address specific challenges and opportunities to help our clientele:
Roof Restoration tackles “blue tarp” houses and others in desperate need of repair, Rebuilding Together utilizes licensed contractors to restore roofs and stop water leaks.
Critical-Systems Repair also utilizes licensed contractors to repair dangerous, inadequate and outdated interior systems. The scope of services provided under this program includes repairs to gas and water services, electrical systems, air conditioning and heating, and structural work – such as house leveling and interior floor repair and leveling.
Safe-and-Sound Program utilizes licensed contractors and volunteers to provide home modifications designed to enhance the safety of a home environment. The scope of services provided under this program includes repairs and modifications to make homes safer and healthier.
Ramp Angels provide wheelchair-ramp construction on a year-round basis and utilizes small teams of skilled volunteers to build ramps and improve entrance and egress for disabled homeowners.
Students in Service is the youth-education component of Rebuilding Together's Volunteer Home Repair Program involving young people ages 15 to 21. Under adult leadership, hundreds of high school and college volunteers are able to experience learning outside of the classroom. Hands-on construction skills are learned in a compassionate, neighborhood-service environment that benefits the students as well as the homeowners and their families.
"CenterPoint Energy supports Rebuilding Together Houston for three reasons. First, our Vision is to “lead the nation in delivering energy, service and value”. Supporting Rebuilding Together helps us lead by delivering corporate contributions and employees’ energy, in service and value to our communities. Second, our employees love to get involved with community projects. And third, stronger communities make our company stronger.
"Supporting Rebuilding Together is good for business; and it’s the right thing to do!"."
Tracy B. Bridge