Thanks Again for Making the American Indian Family Center Project a HUGE Success!

“Mii Gwech” is Objibwe for “thank you.”  The American Indian Family Center and Rebuilding Together Twin Cities would like to thank everyone who came together to renovate the American Indian Family Center in St. Paul.  Together, we created a teaching kitchen that will be used to provide classes on nutrition and cooking; renovated the bathroom to make it ADA compliant; and landscaped, painted, and made other improvements to Center.   Through this project, sponsored by Maxwell House Drops of Good, we have created a more welcoming and functional space for the people the Center serves.

On Tuesday, August 7th, we hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was attended Brad Radke, former Minnesota Twins player and Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer, and several local, state and federal elected officials, including  U.S. Representative Betty McCollum, Mayor Chris Coleman, Saint Paul City Council President Kathy Lantry, Saint Paul Council Member Amy Brendmoen and Sheriff Matt Bostrom.  Thank you for joining us for this special event!

We would also like to thank the amazing volunteers and local contributors to this project, including the Pohlad Foundation, True North Remodeling, On Site Sanitation, Warners Stellian, Yarusso Brothers Italian Restaurant, Minnesota Timberwolves, Autumn Oaks Landscaping, Cub Foods, Stemwedel Murdoch Architecture, Valspar and the East Side Development Company.  Your efforts have made a difference in the lives of the people served by this important community center!


National Rebuilding Day Was a Huge Success!

Thanks again to the hundreds of volunteers who braved the rain to help 25 families in need on April 28th for National Rebuilding Day!  Thanks to your efforts, we were able to help homeowners like Erin, a proud owner of her Camden Neighborhood home.  Erin’s grandson recently began living with her, and because of the expense of taking care of him, she is not able to afford repairs to her home.  In her thank you note to the volunteers who worked with her, Erin wrote, “Thank you for allowing my house to become more of a home.”

We would also like to thank U.S. Senator Al Franken, who came out to meet volunteers and one of the homeowners we helped that day, as well as MN Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal, State Senator Linda Higgins, State Representative Bobby Joe Champion, Minneapolis City Council Member Don Samuels, and Rebecca Lucero from Congressman Keith Ellison’s office.

Finally, we would like to thank our sponsors and partners for National Rebuilding Day, including Wells Fargo, Builders Association of the Twin Cities Foundation, Honeywell, MidCountry Bank, US Bank, On Site Sanitation, Valspar, Catholic United Financial, Lowe’s, Caribou Coffee, Subway, CitiCargo & Storage, Target, The Big Day of Serving, Dunwoody College of Technology, Tree Trust, Mortenson Construction, Ironwood Carpentry, Neighborhood Improvement Program, American Public Media, Coca-Cola, Cookie Cart, Webster/Windsor Insulation and ABC Supply Company.