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It's a G-R-E-A-T Month!!

Comfort and Joy

-from the desk of Cathy Johnson, President, Board of Directors

As I was decorating the house for the holidays last week, I listened to the rain hitting the windows. It made me think back to April and the work Rebuilding Together Thurston County did for Tracey and her two young children. Tracey’s home, built in the 1930s was darling, but its original windows were single paned and not energy efficient. She spent more than she could afford during the winter months on heat and during the hot summer months her home was uncomfortably warm because of the single paned windows. On top of the window issue, she didn’t have any water at her kitchen faucet, making cooking and washing dishes a challenge. The kitchen was also very small and the layout was difficult. Lifespan Construction was up to the challenge of this Rebuilding project. Its dedicated crew replaced the old windows with energy efficient ones, greatly reducing Tracey’s heating costs and keeping the family cooler during our 90+ degree summer. With the kitchen faucet fixed, a new stove installed (only one burner was functional) and counter space added, Tracey is able to more easily care for her family.

Tracey isn’t able to work because of health issues. She volunteers her time to help the community by collecting and redistributing clothing and household items for others in need. Because of her collection efforts, her basement and carport area had become cluttered with empty containers and unusable items. The clutter had become more than she could handle, but it wasn’t too much for our Rebuilding Together volunteers. We worked with Tracey to take the boxes, bags, and unwanted items to the landfill. She now has room to collect more items to distribute to those in need and her home is cleaner and more organized.

Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers and Lifespan Construction for helping Tracey and her children have a warm and happy holiday season.

Great news! RTTC was one of the very fortunate non-profits all across the United States who received a significant donation from the Marshalls Store within their community. Marshalls is part of the TJX Companies which also includes T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, and Sierra Trading. Sarah Holloway, the local Marshalls District Manager, presented the donation to the RTTC Board on November 29th. The funds will go a long way to help low-income homeowners in our community live in safety and comfort. Thank you Marshalls for your very generous $10,000 donation to Rebuilding Together Thurston County!

Who Do YOU Know?

A long serving Rebuilding Together board member and dedicated volunteer, Julie started a new job working for TJX Companies Inc. this year. As Julie was learning the ropes and becoming comfortable with her new job, she discovered that TJX had a community giving program. Even better, the company especially liked to donate funds to organizations that their employees were involved with. Through her efforts, Julie was able to secure a $10,000 donation for Rebuilding Together Thurston County!!

Does your employer offer donations or grants to non-profits making a difference in the community? We would love to hear from you and your company!! There’s a well known saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Who do you know who could make a difference for the low income homeowners in our community? We can always use money, but we also need skilled volunteers with roofing, plumbing, electrical, carpentry and handyman expertise. The father of my son’s best friend is very talented in the building trades, and Rebuilding has been able to tap Danny’s expertise on several projects. He’s done everything from hanging doors to fixing floor issues – our clients love his warm and easy going nature and we love having his skill set. Who do YOU know?

Mark your calendars: Rebuilding Together’s third annual Build-It Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, March 21st at

7:30 a.m. More information next time...stay tuned!

RTTC has had storage space at Airport Self Storage in Olympia/Tumwater for years-thanks to Donna Ewing and the property owners. But it is currently stuffed with boxes including two large patio covers/canopies. The boxes are large and very heavy. The space needed to store these boxes would be about 5 feet square x 7 feet tall. We desperately need a space to store them for the next 5 to 6 months. Can you or someone you know help us with this need? Please contact the office at 360-539-7830 or

When prompted by Amazon Smile, just type in Rebuilding Together Thurston County!!

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