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The Emanuel House is Finished!

Our project at the Emanuel House in Gaithersburg is wrapping up this week! This home will provide young adult mothers and their children with a permanent, supportive housing solution with guidance and support from other community partners as they work towards self-sufficiency. Through the work of professional contractors and volunteers donating countless hours, the house is now a home. We created separate “units” of bedrooms and a bathroom for each family and updated the common kitchen and living space for shared use. Volunteers installed new flooring, painted throughout the house, rebuilt the back decks, and addressed numerous handyman tasks to create a safe and welcoming environment for the families.

Now that our work is complete, the house is being decorated and furnished, and the first family will move in next week! It was an honor for us to have played a role in this fantastic project that will benefit the community for generations to come. Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers and partners for all the work and love that has gone into the Emanuel House.

We have many more projects that need our attention. We can rebuild more homes through your support and give our low-income neighbors a healthy and safe place to live. Please consider supporting our work.

Rebuilding Together Montgomery County names new Executive Director

Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC) announced today that nonprofit leader Maury Peterson has been named its new Executive Director. Peterson brings 25 years of domestic and international nonprofit, foundation and corporate philanthropy leadership experience to RTMC.

“Choosing the right person to lead Rebuilding Together Montgomery County is one of the most important decisions we make as a Board, and we are extraordinarily fortunate that Maury will be serving as our next Executive Director,” explained incoming Board President Nancy Floreen. “The Board is excited about the energy, passion, networks and national and international experience Maury brings to our organization, and we look forward to continuing our mission of repairing homes, revitalizing communities and rebuilding lives in Montgomery County. She added, “It is particularly important during this time of COVID-19 that we be in the strongest position possible to address the extraordinary need for safe and healthy homes.”

Peterson has a passion for and a long history of working with vulnerable populations.

“I am honored and humbled to join such a committed team and Board at Rebuilding Together Montgomery County. I look forward to building on the great work to provide free critical home repair, accessibility modifications and energy efficiency upgrades for Montgomery County’s most vulnerable low-income residents – seniors, veterans, individuals with disabilities and families with young children,” said Peterson.

Most recently, Peterson was the Executive Director at the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter in Bentonville, Arkansas. The Children’s Shelter is the largest shelter in Arkansas serving children who are victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect. She also work in Boston for 16 years as a nonprofit and corporate philanthropy leader. She served as Executive Director at Parenting Journey supporting at-risk families and spent nearly 12 years as head of the Grand Circle Foundation. During her tenure, she awarded $50 million in grants to schools and nonprofits in the US and in more than 30 countries. Peterson also held positions serving a variety of vulnerable populations in Mauritius, Switzerland, Rwanda and Zimbabwe, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University and a Master of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.

Maury Peterson can be reached at MPeterson@rebuildingtogethermc.org or 301-947-9400 ext. 100

REBUILDING TOGETHER MONTGOMERY COUNTY’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Rebuilding Together Montgomery County is closely monitoring the COVID-19 crisis. Our primary concern is protecting our homeowner clients, volunteers, staff and [Re]Build partners from the spread of the coronavirus.

As you know, this is a serious public health situation – one that disproportionately impacts those we serve:  the elderly, people suffering from underlying health problems, and families struggling financially while living in unhealthy or unsafe homes.

In addition to the CDC guidelines for hand washing, using 60% alcohol sanitizer, wiping down surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes, and practicing social distancing, Rebuilding Together Montgomery County has:

  • Instructed all employees to work from home,
  • Cancelled all in-person meetings, volunteer trainings, and other gatherings,
  • Suspended all in-home repair work,
  • Postponed National [Re]Building Day, She Builds, and all other group projects.

During this crisis, the safety of our clients, partners, and staff will be our highest priority, however, we will make every effort to meet the immediate needs of our vulnerable neighbors by continuing to provide external repairs such as fixing leaking roofs, adding or repairing accessibility items such as ramps, wheelchair lifts and railings, fixing broken windows and external walls, external air conditioning units, and other repairs that can be accomplished without direct interaction between clients and workers.

There are many ways to make a difference for the low-income clients we serve. The most effective and safest way you can get involved now, as this crisis continues to unfold, is by making a financial contribution to Rebuilding Together Montgomery County so we will be able to continue to support those who need our help the most.

We will keep you updated as this situation develops.

Leadership Montgomery’s Holiday Toy Drive!

Leadership Montgomery’s (LM) Toy Drive allow families to attend a distribution day, shop for the toys that they want, get them wrapped, receive a frozen turkey, winter clothes, a bag of food, and gift cards to Giant.  Because of the wonderful efforts of LM, there were over 200 families with 700+ toys, 150 holiday meal bags and grocery cards distributed and over $15,000 was raised for this event in 2018!

Would you like to get involved and be apart of this rewarding experience? Well, you are in luck because there are multiple ways to contribute!

Ways to contribute 

  1. You can host a toy drive at your company to collect toys for the distribution day.  If you are interested in this, contact Greg Smith.
  2.  If you would like to contribute toys, please drop off unwrapped toys valued at $20-$30 between now and December 13th for children whose families do not have the resources to celebrate the holidays. Drop off locations are listed below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     3. If you prefer, you may donate money for the toy drive to the M&T online page: LM 2019 Toy Drive

     If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact via Greg Smith or phone 240-632-7873!

 

[RE]BUILD MOCO GOLF TOURNAMENT 2019

We had a blast at our golf tournament, which was held at on October 7, 2019 at Bretton Woods. This year, our tournament sponsor was Miller & Long DC. With the support of our sponsors, players, and volunteers, we were able to raise over $63,000! Your support provides RTMC the opportunity to continue serving the low-income homeowners in our community and ensure their home is safe and healthy.

Thank you to all who participated and we can’t wait for next year’s tournament!

Please check out our Thank You Video below and stay tuned for pictures!

SALON EVENT HOSTED BY NANCY FLOREEN

Nancy Floreen to host an intimate gathering of friends and colleagues at her home on November 6, 2019. This home-style evening event gives RTMC the opportunity to share our passion for our mission with others who may not be familiar with the amazing work we do on a daily basis.

If you could help us spread the word about the significant impact we have in Montgomery County by hosting a similar event, please contact Elisa Hermes via phone (301-947-9400 ext. 101) or email her at EHermes@rebuildingtogethermc.org

Temple Beth Ami Brotherhood’s 17th Annual Golf Tournament

[RE]Builders – Mark your calendar and join one of our longtime supporters, Temple Beth Ami Brotherhood, at Worthington Manor Golf Club (8329 Fingerboard Rd, Urbana, MD 21704 ) for a fabulous day of golf and camaraderie on May 14, 2019! Temple Beth Ami Brotherhood’s Golf Tournament check-in will begin at 11:00 am, followed by a shot-gun start at 12:30 pm!  Their golf tournament helps support our mission of having safe homes and communities for everyone in Montgomery County!

Please join Temple Beth Ami Brotherhood in support of Rebuilding Together Montgomery County while having a fun day of golf!

Please contact Peter Cantor, pghcantor@yahoo.com, for more information or register here!

She Builds 2019

In partnership with Women Building Washington Group of ABC Metro Washington Chapter, Rebuilding Together Montgomery County hosted a She Builds event on March 8, 2019. This sister to sister event supported low-income female homeowners by creating safer and healthier homes, and gave female builders a meaningful, hands-on opportunity for service. The event took place on International Women’s Day and was strategically planned around 2019 Women in Construction Week.

This year, we had approximately 40 volunteers working on one project site and raised over $20,000 through a peer to peer campaign with the support of over 190 family, friends, colleagues, and businesses. Funds raised for She Builds not only supported the project itself but will go towards supporting safe and healthy home repairs in many other households throughout Montgomery County.

To learn more information about She Builds or how you get involved, please contact Elisa Hermes at 301-947-9400 ext. 101 or ehermes@rebuildingtogethermc.org

National Rebuilding Day Homeowner Story

“I knew everything was going to get better, I just had to believe it. Kelley and Lance were great to work with, they did a really good job.” -Mrs. P

National Rebuilding Day was a major success this year with over 15 sponsors working on the homes of 13 Montgomery County homeowners. Volunteers are the lifeblood of National Rebuilding Day, and this year the 400+ participants spent the month of April completing safe and healthy home repairs on our client’s homes. Repairs ranged from accessibility modifications to full bathroom remodels.

Donohoe Construction Company, a long time supporter of RTMC, worked on the home of Mr. and Mrs. P in Silver Spring for their NRD project. Mr. and Mrs. P both suffer from serious medical complications and have found navigating their home to become a challenge over the past few years. Upon meeting the homeowners, the team members from Donohoe knew that they could leverage their relationships with business partners in order to address more of the P’s needs and make their lives safer and healthier. The generous contributions of time and materials allowed Donohoe to tackle a large scope of work and complete the necessary repairs for this aging Silver Spring couple.

RTMC interviewed Kelley Darling from Donohoe’s Corporate Communications department in order to get an insiders view on what National Rebuilding Day means to their organization, their employees, and business partners.

  1. What keeps Donohoe involved with Rebuilding Together Montgomery County and as a sponsor for National Rebuilding Day? 
    1. “RTMC serves as a niche where we happen to have some expertise, so our home sponsorship is a natural fit. We appreciate that RTMC does an excellent job of vetting and assigning homes, providing project guidance and facilitating project support like dumpsters and Montgomery County dump trucks so that we can concentrate on our goal — to restore/improve the access, health and safety of our assigned project for the homeowner.”
  2. As the coordinator for Donohoe, how do you explain National Rebuilding Day to prospective volunteers?
    1. “Donohoe has been involved with RTMC for many years, dating back to when you were called Christmas in April. So, many of our employees are very familiar with NRD and are looking to sign up every April. To the newcomers, we simply explain that it’s the most fun you’ll ever have on the weekend!”
  3. What is your favorite memory of this year’s National Rebuilding Day?
    1. “I’m really touched by all of the people who have contributed to this year’s project. Our subcontractors, who showed up to work many days throughout the month were amazing! Rover from Owl Pest did a thorough job, ultimately ridding the home of mouse and carpenter ant infestations, and he was incredibly kind to our homeowners in the process. Daniel from RV Carey fixed toilets and manned the grill to make everyone had lunch (he washed his hands first!). The ladies from Palm Cleaners were angels who graciously cleaned the home from top to bottom, twice. Lisbeth and her paint crew from Precision Wall painted the entire home and guided our volunteers to get it done correctly. And to top it all off, Donohoe volunteers showed up ready to work on April 28th and 29th – everyone was in full force, willing and proactively painting, digging and scrubbing – they went above and beyond to put the finishing touches on the house. It is just so inspiring to witness so many of our friends and colleagues motivated to come together and help out.”
  4. How does National Rebuilding Day compare to other volunteer events that Donohoe participates in?
    1. “Since we are a commercial real estate company, we are capable of taking on some of the heavier projects vetted by RTMC, and for that reason, NRD tends to be the most intense volunteer event that Donohoe participates in annually. We make the greatest effort to do as much as we can to improve our assigned project and support the family. The value of the scope of work we complete typically comes in the $30,000 range and involves coordinating at least 50 Donohoe employee volunteers in addition to engaging subcontractors to assist with donations and skilled work over a four week period culminating on NRD.”
  5. What do you think your volunteers gained from this experience?
    1. “Our volunteers gain an opportunity to team-build while giving back to the community – and to take ownership and pride in the project they choose to contribute to onsite. During this year’s rebuild, Mrs. P took a moment to let everyone know how much our work is helping she and her husband. It is satisfying to know you’ve made a difference – and that it’s appreciated. At project completion, Donohoe volunteers have shared that they feel they’ve made a positive impact for Mr. and Mrs. P’s family, they’ve made connections with colleagues and that they are motivated to continue to volunteer.”

To view more photo’s from Donohoe’s National Rebuilding Day project, or to check out other groups project’s, please visit our Facebook Page. We hope you will join us for 2019’s National Rebuilding Day!

Make your home safe and healthy during National Rebuilding Month

  • Keep It Clean

    Keep It Clean

  • Keep It Contaminant Free

    Keep It Contaminant Free

  • Keep It Dry

    Keep It Dry

  • Keep It Maintained

    Keep It Maintained

  • Keep It Pest Free

    Keep It Pest Free

  • Keep It Safe

    Keep It Safe

  • Keep It Thermally Controlled

    Keep It Thermally Controlled

  • Keep It Ventilated

    Keep It Ventilated

    Make your home safe and healthy

    During the month of April, Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country come together to celebrate National Rebuilding Month. Throughout the month affiliates make safe and healthy home repairs and modifications for low-income homeowners in need of support. National Rebuilding Month culminates over the last weekend in April as sponsoring faith-based organizations, businesses, and groups come together to complete repairs and modifications over National Rebuilding Day. This is our largest event of the year, allowing Rebuilding Together Montgomery County to mobilize over 300 volunteers to work on more than 12 project sites throughout the County.

    If you are not volunteering during National Rebuilding Day this year, but still want to be involved, we invite you to examine these safe and healthy home principles in your own home. Checking over these items will ensure your home is a safer and healthier space for your family.

    IS YOUR HOUSE:

    Dry: Damp houses provide a nurturing environment for mites, roaches, rodents, and molds, all of which are associated with asthma.

    Clean: Clean homes help reduce pest infestations and exposure to contaminants.

    Pest-Free: Recent studies show a causal relationship between exposure to mice and cockroaches and asthma episodes in children, yet inappropriate treatment for pest infestations can exacerbate health problems since pesticide residues in homes pose risks for neurological damage and cancer.

    Safe: The majority of injuries among children occur in the home. Falls are the most frequent cause of residential injuries to children, followed by injuries from objects in the home, burns, and poisonings.

    Contaminant-Free: Chemical exposures include lead, radon, pesticides, volatile organic compounds, and environmental tobacco smoke. Exposures to asbestos particles, radon gas, carbon monoxide, and secondhand tobacco smoke are far higher indoors than outside.

    Ventilated: Studies show that increasing the fresh air supply in a home improves respiratory health

    Maintained: Poorly maintained homes are at risk for moisture and pest problems. Deteriorated lead-based paint in older housing is the primary cause of lead poisoning, which affects some 535,000 U.S. children.

    Thermally Controlled: Tenants and homeowners are at risk for various health problems related to prolonged exposure to excessive heat or cold when their homes do not maintain adequate temperatures.