Rebuilding Together Thurston County

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

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Location: PO Box 5816 Lacey WA 98509 USA

Mission: We are a volunteer-based home rehabilitation program providing free home maintenance and repairs to qualified less-advantaged homeowners in the Thurston County area. Founded in 2003, we are a non-profit affiliate of the national organization, Rebuilding Together. Our mission is to preserve and revitalize houses and communities, assuring that low-income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly and disabled and families with children, live in warmth, safety, and independence.

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Rating: 5 stars  

RTTC is growing and it's exciting to see! Now with the first full-time paid staff person (Executive Director), we have the personnel/expertise to plan more projects and we're doing so year-round, rather than just the spring projects that were the focus of the past. With a large population of very low-income elderly and disabled persons, as well as veterans, Thurston County is in great need of the services that this program offers. RTTC helps clients remain in their homes, making them happier and utilizing fewer resources for the family or the community in the way of specialized housing. With an emphasis on health and safety issues, RTTC will do a variety of repairs or installations, such as dealing with leaky roofs; installing grab bars; repairing rotted flooring in the bath, at the front door or on a front porch; replacing non-functioning switches or wiring; installing new windows to replace leaky old ones; install new plumbing fixtures as needed, etc.

Clients have included a Vietnam veteran experiencing the ravages of Agent Orange, where RTTC poured a sidewalk to replace the stepping stones that were an impediment to the walker that he was now using. When Dani's roof started leaking beyond the point of a patch, the roof professional she contacted suggested she call RTTC. What ensued was practically a whole house make-over that took a month and involved dozens of incredible volunteers, both professionals and compassionate community members. At the end of it all, she and her two teenage daughters could stay in the 640 square foot home (!) that had been nearing a state of non-habitability. For Esther, who at 65 had been disabled for about 10 years, critters were gnawing at the edges of her foundation and she feared that they were soon going to be in the house; with the expertise of a local contractor and his crew, the gutters/downspouts (the origin of the problem) were replaced and the siding repaired. Following a full-house paint job performed by a local real estate company on their annual "giving back" day, she was in tears with happiness and a new found sense of safety. These 3 stories are typical of the homeowners receiving services from RTTC on a regular basis.

If you're interested in being involved (need services, want to volunteer, want to financially support), call 360-539-7830. You will feel good and you will make someone else's life just a little bit better . . . maybe even a whole lot better!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire two more staff and increase the funding by at least double.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

Well organized non-profit with lots of enthusiasm. Provides a great service to the community.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I am really impressed by how well organized this non-profit is is and how thoughtful it has been retaining local community control and culture while being a national organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The testimonials of those in the community that have received its services.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Grow it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The diversity of its board members

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Energetic and committed

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Could insure safe and affordable housing for low income Thurston County families and insure that every home of eligible recipients was universally accessible.

Ways to make it better...

I had learned about the organization sooner.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting the word out about its services and obtaining funds to carry out its mission.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am confident that over time the growth and funds will become available.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

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