2017 Volunteer Day is Saturday, April 22nd!

Rebuilding Together is a nonprofit, community-based partnership of volunteers from local government, businesses, and other nonprofits, that rehabilitate the homes of low-income homeowners and improve neighborhoods.

On two April Saturdays each year, approximately 1,000 skilled and unskilled volunteers join together to make repairs to about 20 homes in a selected St. Joseph County neighborhood.  All repairs are completed at no cost to the homeowner.


In 1972 a group of volunteers in Midland, Texas, decided to devote one day in April to repairing and sprucing up the homes of their low-income, disabled, and elderly neighbors. “Why, this is like Christmas in April,” they were told. The spirit of giving spread to local affiliates across the country.

Christmas in April * St. Joseph County began in 1989. Following the lead of the national organization, the local Board of Directors voted to change its name to Rebuilding Together, St. Joseph County in 2002. Over the organization’s history, nearly 30,000 volunteers have donated their time and skills to rehabilitate 650 homes, with repairs valued at over $11 million, in South Bend.

Board of Directors

Jim Scheetz, President
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 172

Christin Kloski, Vice President
Center for the Homeless

Laurence R. Bauer, Treasurer
1st Source Bank

Charles Waddell, Secretary
Business Agent, Local No. 23
Roofer, Waterproofers, Allied

Joe Barilich
Sofa Select

Gary Booth
Teachers Credit Union

Dan Garnett
Hilti Corporation

Haleigh Ehmsen
St. Mary’s College

Ray Leliaert
South Bend Tribune (retired)

Emily Magagula
Growing Kids Learning Center

Stanley B. Miles
IBEW N. 153

Rick Rozenboom
1st Source Bank

Jackie Rucker
University of Notre Dame
Community Relations

John Speybroeck

Andrew Waddell
Saint Joseph Health System

Jim Williams
Habit for Humanity of St. Joseph County

Clint Zalas
Lee Groves & Zalas

George Efta
Board Member Emeritus

Bob Wolf
Board Member Emeritus

Advisory Committee

Kevin Bell
The Sherwin-Williams Company

Dan Custer

Melanie McDonald
IU Health Goshen


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