Rebuilding Together Information Sessions

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.

RT Info sessions

Rebuilding Together Informational Sessions for 2018 Program

There will be three Community Informational Sessions to provide information on the 2018 Rebuilding Together program.

  1. Tuesday, September 12th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Tutt Library Branch. 2223 Miami Street, South Bend, IN 46613
  2. Tuesday, September 26th 4:00-5:30 p.m. at the Centre Library Branch 1150 E. Kern Road, South Bend, IN 46613
  3. Saturday, October 7th 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Main Branch-Dickinson Room 304 S. Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601

Please plan to attend one of these programs if you are interested in applying for the Rebuilding Together 2018 Program.

 

 

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for groups of volunteers to help us in this endeavor.  On April 22nd, we will be working in the Far South and Southeast Side neighborhoods to help repair homes. Your group can be varied in their skill set – everything from cleaning, painting, and minor repairs all the way to carpentry skills such as putting in a new door or window.  This is a great opportunity to work together on a project that can be completed in one day, April 22nd.  All materials and tools are provided.

Again, skills needed range from basic to skilled.  All we require is enthusiasm and grit.  Volunteers under 18 need to be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other group supervisor. The day starts at 8:30am and usually ends around 4pm.  A boxed lunch is provided at no cost.  Rebuilding Together day is a day of hard work with the reward of a great feeling of helping others when the day is done.

Please feel free to email Rebuilding Together at jessicakitchens@sbheritage.org or call 574-289-1066 ext. 214.  Want a Rebuilding Together volunteer to come to speak to your group?  Let us know when and where at the same email address above.  We will make arrangements.

We hope you can assist us this year.  The need is great and the more hands that help, the more that can be done.  Please let us hear from you by March 31, 2017 so we can plan accordingly.

PS:  Can’t volunteer? Rebuilding Together gladly accepts material and monetary donations as well.

2017 Neighborhood Selected

Rebuilding Together Announces 2017 Neighborhoods

Rebuilding Together of St. Joseph County is excited to announce the neighborhoods selected for the 2017 Rebuilding Together home improvement program. The 2017 Rebuilding Together program will focus on South Bend’s Southside neighborhoods including the Southeast and far South Side.

Rebuilding Together is a national program dedicated to helping eligible homeowners with home repairs. Partnering locally with the City of South Bend and the St. Joseph Valley Building Trades, Rebuilding Together is able to fix homes at no cost to the homeowner. On two Saturdays in April each year, approximately 1,000 skilled and unskilled volunteers join together to make repairs to about 20 homes selected in St. Joseph County neighborhoods.  All repairs are completed at no cost to the homeowner.

“Rebuilding Together is a truly transformational program. Our volunteers from both the local trades and other organizations in the community make a life changing impact for homeowners. From new roofs to handrail installations, these repairs and upgrades allow seniors and others to have a better quality of life for years to come,” stated Jim Scheetz, President of Rebuilding Together St. Joseph County.

Last April, Rebuilding Together repaired 18 homes in the Rum Village and Southeast Side neighborhoods. Priority for the home improvement program is given to the elderly, veterans and disabled homeowners that are within federal household income limits. (Eligible applicants must be income qualified.) Over the organization’s history, nearly 40,000 volunteers have donated their time and skills to rehabilitate 884 homes, with repairs valued at over $11 million.

Application packets for the 2017 program were recently sent to homeowners in the selected neighborhoods. Each packet has a letter detailing the program and an application to be completed. Applications are due October 14, 2016.

South Bend Heritage, a longstanding non-profit community development organization will help process applications and answer questions regarding the program.

If you need assistance with your application or would like more information about the program please plan on attending one of the informational sessions. The first session will be from Tuesday, September 20, 2016 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. SJCPL­Tutt Branch. The second session will be Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m at the  SJCPL­Centre Branch. The third session will be Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 11:00 – 12:30 p.m. at the Tutt Branch.