Rebuilding Together Boston Works to Transform Neighborhoods

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Rebuilding Together Boston April 24, 2010

This past Saturday April 24, 2010 was National Rebuilding Day for Rebuilding Together.  Though a national organization it is made up of local affiliates that bring their services to towns and cities all across America.  We are lucky to have our own “branch” Rebuilding Together Boston (RTB).

RTB provides renovation services for those that can not afford them.  As the Rebuilding Together Boston website states:

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.

The timing of National Rebuilding Day ties in with other local Boston initiatives like Mayor Menino’s Boston Shines program as well as the end of Earth Week.  Sometimes overshadowed by these other events RTB is not that well known here in Boston.  If you want to know what RTB is think of it as somewhere in between ABC’s Extreme Makeover and Habitat for Humanity.  Individuals as well as non-profits can apply to receive services to help repair and renovate their properties.

This past weekend Rebuilding Together Boston not only worked on renovating homes in Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury but also did significant work for the Cristo Rey High School property.  They were preparing the school to welcome North Cambridge Catholic High School which will be moving to the Dorchester location for the 2010-2011 school year.

NCCHS is a member of the Cristo Rey (“Christ the King”) Network, an association of 24 Catholic college preparatory high schools across the country that serve low-income students.  All students at the Cristo Rey schools share entry-level jobs to earn tuition and gain professional experience; this requires them to make the commitment to both a longer school day and year than that required by other schools.

Though National Rebuilding Day is the major event of the year for RTB projects take place throughout the year with the help of volunteers from varying trades that donate their time and expertise.

How can you help?  Contact RTB to volunteer your services though skilled trades people like plumbers, carpenters and electricians are always needed they are willing to train you based on your experience.  You can also contribute supplies and money to be used to make these services available.  If you are a Boston homeowner or non-profit that needs help with repairs or renovations, applications are also available on the Rebuilding Together Boston website.

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