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Home repair stories from the RTWC community 

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Helping Ms. H. Siding

On April 30th, RTWC and Tualatin Rotary will be repairing siding and painting the home of Ms. H. Ms. H was first introduced to RTWC’s home repair program last July through her case manager at Washington County’s Disabilities, Aging, and Veterans Service Department. The case manager and Ms. H. had identified a number of repair needs they hoped RTWC could fix; the most immediate need was a safe walk from the front door to the sidewalk.

Learn about Ms. H and the work of RTWC. 


NRD photoA look back at National Rebuilding Day 2015: The impact for homeowners

Last April, we helped 15 homeowners stay safe, warm, dry, and independent in their homes right here in Washington County, Oregon, on National Rebuilding Day.  Feedback from homeowners expressed tremendous gratitude for our hardworking volunteers who came out on a sunny Saturday to lend their help.

Read what homeowners wrote about the impact of home repairs 



Kicking off the planning for April Day: A sponsorship in honor of Bob

Our April Day work started with a gift from longtime supporter Pat Caughlan, a gift made in honor of Robert (Bob) Meinert. Thanks to Bob, Pat volunteers, donates, and champions for Rebuilding Together Washington County and the homeowners it serves because he has seen how hard they work, how proud they are of their homes, and the difference a couple dollars and a few hours of service can make on a home.

Read about how Bob and his work with RTWC changed Pat’s view of home repair needs. 


TimDrainWhy Donations Count: An Interview with Tim Drain

Tim was elected president of the board in 2013 and has remained active as a supporter and driving force behind RTWC since. One of the things that Tim feels strongly about is helping the homeowners RTWC helps – low income families, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and veterans. “I see RTWC as a safety net for homeowners in the community who for any number of reasons find themselves in a condition where essential repairs are needed in their homes. These repairs are associated with basic needs for accessibility, safety, and being able to stay warm and dry.”

Read more about Tim’s dedication to RTWC’s home repair work. 


Grab BarSafe at Home: Ms. V’s story

The Centers for Disease Control note that there is an increasing trend in fatal falls in the elderly with 2.5 million falls treated in emergency rooms each year.  Statistics from the National Center on Elder Abuse also note that the elderly population is increasing.  In 2013, people over the age of 65 comprised 13% of the population.  By 2050, it will be 20% or 1 in 5 people.

Learn what that means for one Washington County homeowner. 


Alden 1RTWC, Affordable Housing, & Alden Potter

Rebuilding Together Washington County (RTWC) has been around since 1994. The mission to keep people safe, warm, dry, and living independently in their own homes remains the same.  Or, as RTWC’s project manager Alden Potter puts it, “We help people who otherwise would not be able to help themselves.”

Read more about Alden’s perspective on home repair needs. 

 

 


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