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RUTHERFORD HOUSING PARTNERSHIP INC

Rating: 4.9 stars   21 reviews 134

Nonprofit Issues:

Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Philanthropy

Address:

PO Box 1525 Rutherfordton NC 28139 USA

Mission:

To improve thequality and increase the supply of safe, affordable housing for low-incomepeople in Rutherford County

Programs:

Our primary program is making urgent repairs to the homes of qualified low-income homeowners

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Reviews for RUTHERFORD HOUSING PARTNERSHIP INC

Rating: 5 stars  

Dear RHP,
You have been there for me every time I’ve had an emergency. I didn’t know where to turn to until you. My roof was leaking and RHP came and put a new roof on for me. I desperately needed heat and air and you came out and put in a heat and central air system. You are a GOD send. Thank you my angel’s of mercy.

Julia Lewis
Forest City NC

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

Having my roof fixed, heat and air

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

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

RHP replaced by back door when it was broken into so that I would be safe. This is a wonderful organization. They help senior citizens who need help in their homes.

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

because they fixed my door after it was broken in

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

make sure they have more money to help more people

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Rating: 5 stars  

they helped me get into my trailer by fixing my stept, they help me with electric hookup, they help me by getting me a refigratoer. I thank them for helping me with everything. I thank the Habitat store.
Kathleen Ownesby

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

by them helping me get into my trailer

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

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

RHP stretches every dollar like no other nonprofit I have ever seen. It does its work mainly with volunteers. Lots of volunteers. The board members have a true sense of mission and a diversity of talents; some of us don't actually work on the projects but all of us are active in helping with the operations, out front or behind the scenes, each in our own way. It is very fulfilling to me to find myself among people whose purpose is not only genuinely compassionate but also deeply practical. It is very moving to hear the testimonials of the people who receive our help. It is also inspirational to see the positive way the board conducts the business of the organization. The need is so great it is almost overwhelming. RHP just keeps on working away at the problem day by day and in so doing is making a meaningful difference in the lives of the people it can help.

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

Monthly board review of operations, including reports of projects completed and pending, personal stories of folks who have been affected by their experience working on projects as well as folks RHP has helped

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

Add another staff position.

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Rating: 5 stars  

On behalf of my mom and dad they would like to thank Rutherford Housing Partnership for all they have done. They moved here from Kentucky, and purchased a home here in North Carolina. They needed help from the community to get our home winterized so we could stay here and not have to move back to Kentucky. A friend of the family suggested that we try Rutherford Housing to try to get help. We explained our situation to the Housing and they took our information and said we qualified for the help. I am on oxygen and my husband has health issues also. We are very appreciative of the hospitality that we have experienced with the help within the community from the Rutherford Housing Partnership. We would recommend anyone that needs help in winterizing their home, to contact the Rutherford Housing Partnership and see if they qualify for the help, if it had not been for the help of these people we wouldn't have been able to stay here, they all were very nice to work with. Thank you Rutherford Housing Partnership for your help we are very appreciative.

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

having a winterized home

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

not change one thing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

If it's free, it's to good to be true.Rutherford Housing Partnership is an exception to that saying. I,Myrtle Phillips, did get free home improvements to reduce heating costs and maneuver safely with a handicap ramp.
Rutherford HousingPartnership insulated my attic,caulked a window, serviced my furnace, checked air vents, blocked some holes around water pipes and gave me some light bulbs. I really appreciated those energy saving measures.
Rutherford Housing Partnership also built me the best ramp to get outside safely. The church group that built made it most convenient to push a walker or use a wheelchair. I can even hold onto the sturdy handrails and walk down with my cane.
The Partnership even gave my daughter the phone number of an organization that made my bathtub into a shower,added a seat, installed a safety pole, and reversed the door. All free.
All the people who worked at my home were very nice. They also told me exactly what they were going to do and asked if it was OK with me. Their kindness and generosity makes a 90 year old grateful. Thank you, Rutherford Housing Partnership.

Sincerely,
Myrtle Phillips

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

2010

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

Inform more people of the services.

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Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

Rutherford Housing Partnership is an organization defined by compassionate action. I first became involved with RHP as a donor because I believed in its mission. Wanting more hands-on, I became a woman roofer. When asked to be a board member, I hesitated at first because of prior experience at meetings where talk was the order of the day with little action. This is not the case with RHP. It is amazing to me the amount of work that gets done by such a small non-profit. The word partnership in the title refers to more than housing to me. There are partnerships formed between grateful clients, volunteers, board members, supporters and the general public. I cannot say enough about this incredible organization and it is truly an honor to be connected with it.

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

Meeting several of the clients and seeing how the security of their homes has been improved.

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

Our leadership of Nell Bovender and Billy Honeycutt is impeccable so no changes are needed there. The only thing needed is more money. The waiting list is huge and RHP would love to serve all those in need.

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Rating: 4 stars  

RHP has been in existence since 1995. Begun with a handful of volunteers and a few donations, the organization has grown, but continues to remain small with a large impact in addressing housing issues in Rutherford County, N.C. Having been involved with the iniial organizing of RHP, it has been humbling to see the response and support from people, groups, churches, businesses and foundations to help with the mission of RHP over the years. In the last 10 years or so to see from 100-400 volunteers on an annual basis roof houses, repair floors, porches, plumbing, windows, doors, and build handicap ramps out of their own sense of caring is grafifying. The use of volunteers has allowed far more to be done with the limited resources of RHP. To finish a roof for an elderly lady who is on a restriced income and see the joy in her face as her worry is relieved concerning her leaking roof motivates volunteers to do more. To build a handicap ramp for a person bound to a wheel chair ensures that in case of a fire they have a greater chance to get out of their house is a relief. To take care of plumbing issues that create unsanitary conditions makes a house safer. For many of the clients of RHP, limited income excludes house repairs for the important needs of food, medicines, utilities,etc., consume a monthly income check so quickly.
RHP has become an important agency in Rutherford County along with other agencies in addressing housing issues. Currently, over 130 clients have an application with RHP for some assistance with housing issues. Any and all funding will be carefully used to help address this list of clients. RHP is grateful for any consideration.

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

seeing people with great needs have those met.

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

Find greater avenues of resources to help with constance funding issues.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am an elderly woman recently widowed. I am fortunate to be allowed to live in an old house for free. It was badly in need of paint and the steps were very dangerous. I live on $350 per month and have no money left at the end of the month to repair my home, Rutherford Housing Partnership came in and painted my entire house and replaced the steps with new ones and even installed a small deck and didn't charge me a penny. These people were a God send for me and I am so thankful for what they do in my community.

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

They get the most out of their money because the work was all done by volunteers. It was so good to see all of the young people helping, even the children helped to paint my house.

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

Ask people to be generous and give to them. They are a great organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Rutherford Housing Partnership is the only organization of its kind in our area. We provide urgent home repairs such as new roofs and floors as well as building handicap ramps for low-income homeowners. Our clients include the elderly, single parents and the disabled. We raise funds by various means to purchase the building materials needed for each project. We then enlist volunteers to complete the work. We partner with other local nonprofits to make our resources go farther. Our clients have no other means of accomplishing these repairs and are so grateful for the assistance. Once the repairs are completed they no longer have to worry about getting wet when it rains or falling through the bathroom floor or how they'll get into and out of their homes. I can truly say that Rutherford Housing Partnership models professionalism and passion in fulfilling its mission. It is a great example of people-to-people community service.

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

Seeing how people's lives are improved by the repairs we have made. The repairs meet a physical need, but the clients are also touched by the fact that a bunch of strangers care enough to help them out. It gives them hope. The volunteers are blessed because they can see how their efforts make a tangible difference in the life of another human being.

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

Find more ways to increase our revenue. We have grown in recent years, but there's always more work to do. The only thing that impedes our progress is lack of funds.

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