RTS Quarterly Newsletter
Winter 2016
  

I am so proud to share with you the exciting things happening at Rebuilding Together Seattle this year!  With your support, we hope to expand our community impact this year to provide over 200 households with the home safety, accessibility, and health improvements they need. 

This work cannot be possible without the partnership of supporters like you. We hope you'll join us in transforming the lives of our low income neighbors for the betterment of our community as a whole!
 
Best,
Nicole Ferrer
Executive Director, Rebuilding Together Seattle
Mohammed and his family have hot water!
Mohammed and Muluka raise their four young children in their White Center home, where they've lived for 10 years. They approached RTS in late 2015 in dire need of home repairs: their boiler was broken beyond repair and they had been living without heat or hot water for over a year. With the support of generous RTS donors and volunteers, Mohammed and his family had a new boiler installed, finally giving them the ability to live warmly and comfortably in their home!

To learn more about this family and others that we've served, visit the impact page of our website.
Spread the love with Hearts Rebuilding Homes (Last chance!)
Our 6th Annual Hearts Rebuilding Homes campaign is in full swing! Thanks to your support, we are on our way to meeting our goal of raising $4,000 to provide four deserving families with the home repairs they need to live safely and independently. If you donate to Rebuilding Together Seattle during the month of February, RTS will send a customized valentine with a Theo Chocolate bar to your loved one(s)! We encourage you to make a donation by TOMORROW, February 11th to ensure that your valentine receives their gift in time for Valentine's Day! We hope you'll join us in spreading the love this Valentine's Day by spreading the word about the need for safe and affordable housing in Seattle!

For more info and to donate, please visit www.rtseattle.org/hrh.


RTS's grab bar program prevents falls in the home every day!
RTS installs grab bars for low income seniors in collaboration with the King County Emergency Medical Services Fall Prevention Program. Last year alone, volunteers installed over 100 grab bars for seniors and people with disabilities in the greater Seattle area! Thanks to these installations, 96% of the recipients who reported falling prior to the intervention reported zero falls post-installation in 2015! Accessibility improvements like these keep people safe in their homes every day. 

To learn more, email Mike Lahoda at mlahoda@rtseattle.org
New community impact event: Lowe's Build-a-Block! 
On March 23rd and 24th, over 100 volunteers from Lowe's will gather for a Build-a-Block event in partnership with Rebuilding Together Seattle! With the support of RTS, volunteers will restore the homes of four Seattle area families and build a "tiny home", all within the Othello neighborhood of Seattle. This is the ninth year of partnership between Lowe's and Rebuilding Together, transforming over 1,400 homes nationwide. We are so thrilled to partner with Lowe's for this momentous event! 
Volunteer spotlight: thank you, Mike Rodgers!
 
Mike Rodgers has been volunteering with RTS  since March of 2015. Since then, Mike has helped ensure the safety  of over 40 seniors in the Seattle area by installing bathroom grab bars in strategic locations. When asked about volunteering with RTS, Mike shared:  "My biggest joy in volunteering is seeing the looks on peoples' faces when we complete a project and knowing we added a little bit of comfort and security to their lives. When I read about the reduction in falls directly related to our work, it really makes it worthwhile. I continue to volunteer not only to be of some help to folks who are unable to do the work themselves, but also I feel very good inside when I drive away from a completed job knowing I made a difference. Lastly, my wife claims I have more tools than is legal, so getting to play with them regularly is fun." 

Rebuilding Together Seattle is thankful for our dedicated volunteers  like Mike that transform the lives of low income homeowners. To learn more about volunteering, contact Mike Lahoda at mlahoda@rtseattle.org .
3rd Annual Sip & Support success!
On Saturday, January 23rd, supporters of the RTS Young Professionals Society (YPS) gathered at The Factory Luxe for the 3rd Annual Sip & Support. Event attendees raised $7,000 toward YPS volunteer projects to benefit low income homeowners in need! Guests also enjoyed a silent auction, fun raffles, networking, and beer and wine. 

Learn more about Sip & Support and the Young Professionals Society here or by contacting Jenny Whelan at jwhelan@rtseattle.org.

Spring Rebuilding Day planning is underway! 
Rebuilding Together Seattle's  26th Annual Spring Rebuilding Day   is less than three months away! On  Saturday, April 30th , volunteers will restore 25  homes and nonprofit facilities with roughly 1,000 volunteers. If you or your company would like to get involved with Rebuilding Together Seattle for Spring Rebuilding Day, please contact Caleb Marshall, Program Director, at cmarshall@rtseattle.org.  RTS is currently looking for skilled volunteers who can lend their home repair skills to volunteer teams, and companies who are willing to provide  in-kind donations  of skilled labor, project materials, equipment rentals, or volunteer food!

Learn more about Spring Rebuilding Day and other RTS programs on our website .
RTS is now a member of the
Housing Development Consortium!
Learn more here.
Upcoming Events
Lowe's Build-a-Block Community
Impact Event
March 23rd - 24th
26th Annual Spring Rebuilding Day
April 30th
3rd Annual Safe and Healthy Homes Breakfast
May 4th

We hope you'll join us!
About Rebuilding Together Seattle
Together we transform the lives of low income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities. Our vision is a safe and healthy home for every person.
 
Rebuilding Together Seattle
500 Aurora Ave N #305
Seattle, Washington 98109
206-682-1231 | www.rtseattle.org | info@rtseattle.org 

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