Support our Making Home Happen Campaign!

We have some big news to share!  We launched our Making Home Happen Campaign in late 2020 with the goal of raising $1.5M to expand our capacity so we can achieve our vision of safe homes and communities for everyone.  We have already raised more than 91% of our goal ($1.36M) to date, and we need your help to get us over the top!

Donate today:

NetGiver (via bank account – fee-free)

GiveMN (via credit card) 

Your donation to our Making Home Happen Campaign will expand our capacity to serve homeowners and neighborhoods in need. Home by home, space by space, we will rebuild people’s lives for a better tomorrow.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about how to contribute to our Making Home Campaign, please contact Annette Rodriguez at a.rodriguez@rtmn.org.

Ryan Karis (Previous Program Manager) Passed Away

We are very sad to share the news that Ryan Karis, who served as our Program Manager for several years before retiring in Summer 2020, passed away on January 15, 2022.  Everyone who knew Ryan knows that he had a heart for service and for helping those in need.

His family set up a Caring Bridge site to keep everyone up-to-date on their plans and allow people to send them messages.  The site is available at https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/ryankaris

The most recent message from the family thanked everyone for the outpouring of support and said they plan to have a virtual celebration of Ryan’s life on Saturday, February 5th.  

Ryan’s obituary can be viewed here.

We will forever be grateful for Ryan’s passion, hard work, and dedication to helping those most in need in our community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Trellis Grant for Home Modifications for Older Adults

We are thrilled to share that Trellis awarded us a grant to provide home modifications for older adults in the Twin Cities!  This funding will support Safe at Home projects for 50 older adult homeowners, which may include installing grab bars, handrails, handheld shower units, shower seats, no-slip bath treads, improved lighting to prevent falls, removing trip hazards, and more. With this support, we also plan to distribute Safe at Home Kits to 156 older adult homeowners, which will include a smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, no-slip bath treads, dawn to dusk lightbulbs and nightlights, grabbers, mini-flash light, batteries, kitchen fire extinguisher, reusable masks, sanitizing wipes, and an application for Safe at Home services. This grant will have direct, positive impact on the health and safety of the older adult homeowners we are able to serve and we are grateful for the support of Trellis!

To read the full award announcement, please click here.

Lowe’s Provides Ramp for Veteran in Need

We would like to send a special thank you to Lowe’s Home Improvement for providing the funding needed to build a veteran and his wife a ramp! This couple has lived in their home in the Nokomis neighborhood for more than 20 years.  Due to age and illness, they needed a ramp and interior accessibility modifications to be able to remain in their home.  With the support provided by Lowe’s, we were able to build the ramp and modify the home so they can remain safely and independently in their own home and neighborhood for years to come!