Rebuilding Together started with the simple act of neighbors helping neighbors in 1973, when a small group of people in Midland, Texas realized a growing need in their community. Their neighbors’ homes had fallen into disrepair and the homeowners could not afford to fix them on their own. They volunteered their time and skills to rehabilitate the homes of their neighbors. Realizing the potential impact of this work, the group formed Christmas in April, with the intent of performing repair and rehabilitation work in their community every April.
News of the group’s good work spread slowly, but eventually achieved national recognition. The mission spread beyond the idea of providing service once a year in April to bringing together partners from all walks of life to help our neighbors year-round. We became Rebuilding Together and opened the national office in 1988. Today, Rebuilding Together has grown into the premier nonprofit housing organization, garnering five consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator.
Rebuilding Together is a leading national nonprofit in safe and healthy housing with more than 40 years of experience. Together, with our corporate and community partners, we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year.
In March of 2007, the Rebuilding Together, Platte Valley East, Inc. affiliate was established with a mission of bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners. Our first director worked faithfully out of her home on a part-time basis with a small budget of $32,000. From those humble beginnings, Rebuilding Together has rapidly expanded our capacity to be able to support a full-time Executive Director, part-time Development Manager and a part-time Project Staff person with an office and a budget approaching $200,000. As we grow, we continue to expand our capacity to assist more homeowners, including offering a year-round emergency repair and home modification program for elderly and disabled homeowners, our annual participation in National Rebuilding Day, and many vital partnerships with several volunteer groups that allow us to stretch our funds to reach even more homeowners in need. We also enjoy the wonderful support of many local contractors and businesses who generously give time and labor to our mission. In 2018, Rebuilding Together received a rural capacity building grant through the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development to expand our services into Cuming County in Nebraska.
We have an active and engaged Board of Directors and several committees that work together to improve our operations, fundraising and community outreach so that we can continue to increase our capacity to meet the ongoing needs of homeowners in the Fremont, and the rest of Dodge and Cuming Counties in Nebraska.
We would like to extend a sincere THANK YOU to everyone who gives of their time, talents, and resources to make Rebuilding Together a success. A volunteer is not paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.
Repairing Homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives.
Our mission reflects the core of what we do. We repair homes, we revitalize communities, and we have a deep impact on the lives of the people whom we serve.
Safe Homes and Communities for Everyone.
Our vision reflects where we are going. It is our ultimate goal and includes our broader approach to community revitalization. It communicates what success looks like for Rebuilding Together. Everyone wants to live in a safe home and a safe community.
Brad Wiese, Executive Director, Dodge County
Carla Kai, Program Director, Cuming County
Gail Goltz, Development/Office
Cindi Lamprecht, President
Paul VonSeggern, Vice President
Nick Leland, Secretary
Emily Pernicek, Treasurer
Fr. James Keiter