National Rebuilding Day happens on the last Saturday in April every year. Volunteers of all skill sets come together and assist homeowners who are low-income, elderly, disabled, and/or veterans who can not afford or just physically can not fix up their homes.
First Presbyterian Church volunteers and AmeriCorps member Mary Katherine Rust replaced two windows and two doors, and cleared out a host of items that had built up in this disabled veteran’s home. They also did painted a bathroom and craft room. Skilled volunteers performed electrical and plumbing work in advance of Rebuild Day. The homeowner no longer needed extension cords throughout her house, and she didn’t need to shut off the water main every time she wasn’t using water.
Thanks to a local dog groomer, two of her dogs were taken for some sprucing up as well. AmeriCorps member MaryKate said her time at the home was
“Really cool. I hadn’t done any kind of volunteering before. This was completely different. I felt like I was making a real impact on her life. When I walked in, she seemed really overwhelmed. It was so worth it in the end.”
Rebuilding Together Spokane ended their National Rebuilding Day with one house complete and two that were near completion with some follow up work. Overall, their impact was seen and felt.
One homeowner’s son said “You guys just solved like three weekly arguments between my siblings, uncles and my dad. Not to mention, the independence it represented for my mom.” Rebuilding Together Spokane will continue to help those in need so they can remain in their homes for longer and more independently.
Written by Alex VanderHouwen,