Thanks To….

Honeywell Retired Volunteers Program Volunteers who installed a ramp for a homeowner living with a disability in Crystal on April 22nd and 23rd and installed a ramp for a St. Paul homeowner on May 6th and 7th.

Safe at Home Volunteers who made safety and accessibility modifications for several homeowners.

Cross of Glory Volunteer Team who worked on an REO home on April 20th.

Youth Volunteer with Us for Big Day of Serving

More than 200 volunteers from over 20 churches located in Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Minnesota joined us on May 4th for the Big Day of Serving.  These hardworking young adults headed out to several different projects that included helping Minneapolis homeowners with spring clean-up and yard maintenance, prepping an REO home for painting, working on the nature scape at the Chelsea Heights Elementary School, and making improvements and organizing the Rebuilding Together office and warehouse.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered with us that day!  We look forward to working with you again next year!

Four South Minneapolis Homeowners Receive Critical Repairs on Opus Founder’s Day

We partnered with 80 employees from the Opus Group on April 19th to provide critical repairs for four homeowners in need who live near Phelps Park in South Minneapolis.  These projects were part of a larger company-wide effort to commemorate Founder’s Day, which celebrates the origins of earlier Opus companies through volunteering.

Karla, one of the homeowners we helped that day wrote, “I want to thank you and the Opus volunteers for all their hard work and positive spirit. I can’t believe what they were able to accomplish in such a short time. I am so happy with how beautiful the tile and painting turned out. The guys upstairs gave their all in a stupendous effort, too. How blessed we have been!I am summoning up energy I never thought I had. My boss said she noticed a distinct difference in me. That’s what hope and help will do for a person. I never received a gift like this in my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

We also received a thank you from Bill, another homeowner we helped, who wrote, “Thank you a million times over! This is FANTABULOUS! The work you have done today is something I have been trying to get done for a long time. It is so hard for me to find the words to express my gratitude. If my legs would hold me up, I would be dancing in the street.”

Thank you to all of the volunteers who worked hard to provide repairs for these families!  And, thank you to Minneapolis Ward 8 Council Member Elizabeth Glidden and President & CEO of Opus Holdings, Inc. Tim Murnane, who also joined us that day!

Rebuild-a-Block Community Project in St. Paul Was a HUGE Success!

We were thrilled to partner with Lowe’s, Carter’s Kids, more than 130 community volunteers and several local partners and sponsors to complete a massive community project in St. Paul that included a new playground at the Chelsea Heights Elementary School, repairs for three families who live near the school, and improvements at the Northwest Como Recreational Center.

HGTV personality and Carter’s Kids founder, Carter Oosterhouse, worked with volunteers on May 2nd at the playground project; and the project culminated with a ribbon-cutting celebration later that day.  Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education Brenda Cassellius, Commissioner of MN Housing Mary Tingerthal, Council Member Russ Stark, and Deputy Superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools Michael Baumann also joined us for the ribbon-cutting celebration.

Jill Gebeke, Principal at Chelsea Heights, sent us a thank you note that said, “The playground is absolutely awesome!!! I was outside at recess today with the kids, and it was absolute chaos (in a good way). We couldn’t have done this without your Rebuilding Together team. On behalf of the students and staff, thank you.”

We also received this thank you note from Lori, one of the homeowners we helped through this project, “Thank you doesn’t even begin to reflect all that we feel! You have put in exhausting hours once our kitchen project got going…Thank you for making it happen! We have been so impressed with everyone we have met from Rebuilding Together. I have bragged about how everyone has been while interacting with my family…including my dog! It says a lot about who you are as individuals. You really care about the families you help!”

We would like to thank everyone who came together to make this project possible, especially the volunteers who worked hard despite the rain, snow and cold weather.  We’d also like to thank Lowe’s, Carter’s Kids, the Chelsea Heights Parent Teacher Organization, MN Housing Finance Agency, Metropolitan Council, Wells Fargo, Comcast, McGough Construction, Damon Farber Associates, Valspar, Stouts/Chianti Grille, On Site Sanitation, Linders, Tubby Smith Foundation, Mortenson Construction, Como Park Lutheran, St. Paul Bagelry, Davanni’s, Saint Paul Public Schools, City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul STAR Program, Minnesota Wisconsin Playground, Builders Association of the Twin Cities, Citi Cargo & Storage, Rainbow Foods, and Sinclair Recreation who contributed to this project.