Help For Homeowners On Rebuilding Day & Beyond
As of October 1, Rebuilding Together has received 41 applications for help this year. We have helped 22 homeowners with critical repairs and ADA modifications and completed seven 2020 and three 2021 Rebuilding Day projects for a total of 32 completed projects.
Sally and Carlita’s 2021 Rebuilding Day projects were completed in “record time.” Volunteers removed, replaced, and repainted Sally’s water damaged siding and porch awning, and completed numerous inside projects as well. Sally, 85 years young, has called Yelm home for over 20 years.
Carlita lives in Olympia. Volunteers from First United Methodist Church removed an old storage shed and landscape debris from Carlita’s property in February and repaired her deck stairs as well. Realtor volunteers painted her home on May 20. Our project manager installed numerous safety products for Carlita including grab bars, smoke detectors, and a new set of stairs (with handrail) from her kitchen to her carport.
We have two 2021 Rebuilding Day projects awaiting completion. Gordon, disabled and a military veteran, is still waiting for his new flooring. Volunteers were going to install the flooring over the summer but with ongoing COVID-19 concerns a contractor is going to install the flooring instead. His wheelchair ramp did get built in time for him to get out of his home and enjoy the summer weather.
Chong, the widow of an Army veteran, lives in Lacey. Deaf, but proudly independent, Chong needed help with various home repairs. PCI Pest volunteered at her home in March and completed much needed home maintenance and repair projects including: gutter and roof cleaning, tree and shrub pruning, fence repair, pest treatment, and blackberry bush removal. In May, volunteers from various organizations including Oly Fed and Pope John Paul II High School painted her home’s exterior. We still have some interior repairs to complete.