Safe at Home Volunteers Help Homeowners Live More Independently and Safely

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities believes that everyone should have a safe and healthy home. Our Safe at Home volunteers work on projects focused on improving the accessibility of the home, so that the home’s residents can live more safely and independently.  For example, Safe at Home volunteers Sam and Liz recently helped us finish a handicap-accessible first-level bathroom in a South Minneapolis home. The homeowner was wheelchair bound and had to take sponge baths because she could not access the second-floor bathroom where the shower was located.  The addition of a downstairs bathroom increased the homeowner’s independence and greatly improved her quality of life.  We are grateful to all of our Safe at Home volunteers for helping to improve the independence and safety of the people we serve!

Thanks To…

Steve Ivancic – We would like to give a special shout out to one of our amazing Safe at Home volunteers! Steve is one of our “three musketeers” and he has been instrumental in helping many of our clients live more independently and safely in their homes. He has “retired” from volunteering because he recently accepted a new job. We just wanted to say THANKS for all that you’ve done and best of luck on this next chapter! We will miss you!

Kaironn – Our summer student intern – please join us in welcoming him to the team!

Thanks To…

Catholic Heart Workcamp – Completed the Wieda Park basketball court project and maintenance on a ramp.

Mariette Cole, Wesley Anderson & Stephen Ivancic – Our incredible Safe at Home team.  AmeriCorps member Chris Lyle said of this team, “Their quality of work is beyond expectations and they are absolutely wonderful people.”

Mounds Park United Methodist Church Urban CROSS Program – These awesome volunteers installed safety modifications to help homeowners stay safe and secure in their homes.

TechDump Event – Thank you again to everyone who donated their old electronics at our TechDump event last month!  The proceeds from this event will help homeowners in need in our community.

Thanks To…

Taylor – One of our long-time, dedicated, regular volunteers.  Thanks for being awesome!

Student group from Jennings Community Learning Center in St. Paul, especially instructors Tom Wendt and Zach Fielsted – who partnered with us to start a repair project for a Saint Paul homeowner in need.

Stephanie Lipetzky, Ken Tillges, Taylor Winscher, Tess Cooper, Terza Kurki – for attending our Safe at Home training.

Ken Tillges, Stephanie Lipetzky, Tess Cooper, and Paul Tolzmann – special shout out for being our new Safe at Home volunteers!

Melody Oakes and Anna Krech – Student interns from St. Kate’s helping us to develop an evaluation process for our Access for Always program.

Kristin Weise and Jeff Walker from The Opus Group – special thanks for supporting the projects throughout the day!

RAMP crew – Huge thanks to Armand Peterson, Bill Berschnieder, Paul Parrish, and George Johnson for their help in previewing and designing projects.

MidCountry Bank – Thanks to Greg Krenz, Jim Herbert, Cami Sonnenburg and Branch Managers throughout the MidCountry Bank Network for supporting Brewing, Banking and Bidding to Rebuild Together at Lift Bridge Brewing Company’s Townie Tuesday Event 4/28.