Rebuilding Together of Washington, DC
WISH LIST: $127: replaces a dripping faucet; $527: repairs dangerous electrical wiring and installs safe lighting; $3627: replaces a leaky roof
One elderly woman lived in a house with ceiling holes large enough to see the sky. A disabled woman, living 15 blocks from the Capitol, had never bathed in her own home because of the bathroom’s state of disrepair. A house with exposed live wires, and children in residence, prompted a case reviewer to fax this message: “Please help. I want to know these kids will live through the winter.” Isolated cases? Unfortunately not. But since 1983, Rebuilding Together has stepped in and revitalized over 2,700 homes for DC’s most vulnerable residents. For many, a new roof would cost more than a year’s income; so Rebuilding Together recruits over 3,000 volunteers to replace roofs, paint walls, purchase new stoves and refrigerators, and install air conditioning units and wheelchair ramps for low-income families. National Rebuilding Weekend occurs in April, but Rebuilding Together now operates year-round to accommodate emergencies and tight schedules. For 27 years, they have not only constructed homes, but created comfort, safety, and hope – which are truly built to last.
Janice T Stango
PO Box 40026
Washington, DC 20016