Beginning in the spring of 1991, this non-profit home-restoration effort has since refurbished not only its name, but over 4,200 homes in the Sacramento area as well.
Originally dubbed Christmas in April, the name was changed to Rebuilding Together in 2000 to reflect a year ’round organization beyond its annual Rebuild Day.
Boasting an average of 13,770 volunteer hours annually, Rebuilding Together Sacramento (RTS) works to preserve and revitalize the aging housing stock belonging to low-income families, disabled and elderly persons living independently in the Sacramento area.
A large portion of the organization’s service recipients are senior citizens. RTS is dedicated to serving individuals who are physically incapable of making repairs to their homes by helping them receive proper safety accessories. This special focus became known as RTS’ Safe at Home program. Safe at Home offers the services of trained volunteers to install modifications that improve accessibility within one‟s home such as hand-rails, guide bars and other safety furnishings.
Staying in-tune with the local community, RTS has lent its support to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) in various capacities since early 2000. One very noteworthy contribution includes a $20,000 grant awarded to SFBFS through the Rebuilding Dreams Project organized by RTS and partner company, Choice Hotels. Using this grant, along with volunteer labor from both organizations, SFBFS began construction of an outdoor demonstration kitchen in the organization’s new Demonstration Garden. Volunteers from both organizations also lent a hand laying soil, painting the kitchen’s shade structure, planting fruit trees and constructing garden beds for SFBFS.
However, RTS support also directly reaches out to SFBFS’ clients. SFBFS’ Senior program matches isolated senior citizens with volunteers who visit twice monthly, delivering fresh groceries from SFBFS’ Food program. Recently, volunteers from RTS’ Safe at Home program installed a safety rail and made repairs to the steps of the house belonging to a Senior program participant at no cost.
“Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is a great non-profit organization with an equally great reputation in the community,” said Andrea Jaggers, Rebuild Program Manager with RTS. “We know SFBFS helps out the low-income community much like we do at RTS and we often refer a lot of our clients who are seniors to their Food program. We thought it would be a great partnership and a worthy cause for the Rebuilding Dreams award,” Andrea continued.
Shauna Ross, SFBFS’ Development Director is grateful for the organization‟s support. “RTS is an amazing community partner,” Shauna offered. “The gift of the outdoor kitchen structure is crucial in allowing SFBFS to increase the educational opportunities to help families in our community not only grow healthy food, but prepare it in a nutritious manner.” Shauna continued. “Donors like RTS help us fulfill our mission of educating families on their path to self-sufficiency and financial independence.”
A reciprocal relationship with a marked impact on the Sacramento community, both SFBFS and RTS hope to further cultivate their partnership on into the future.