Dear Friends,Happy Holidays from Rebuilding Together Seattle! On behalf of our organization, I wanted to thank you for your support of our programs in recent years. Your efforts to refer clients to our organization are truly appreciated. Last year, Rebuilding Together Seattle was able to help 98 families in the greater Seattle area with free home repairs – 35 more than the previous year. This year we hope to help 112 families in need. We are (again) asking for your help in meeting this goal.
Our office has begun the process of planning for our Spring programs, including our 24th Annual Spring Rebuilding Day (Saturday, April 26, 2014), where we hope to help 27 homeowners in the greater Seattle area with the support of over 1,000 volunteers. We also hope to help 30 more families through our year-round maintenance program, Safe at Home, and 16 more families through our Team Build program by June 30th. We are currently in need of more applicants to consider for all of our programs.
This year, Rebuilding Together Seattle has made a number of changes to our programs and operations in order to serve more homeowners in need of our services than ever before. We have reduced our average wait list time by more than 50%. Through the expansion of our year-round maintenance program (Safe at Home), we are often able to serve homeowners within just a couple weeks of having been approved for our programs. RTS has also made adjustments to some of our basic qualifications. Through our partnership with the King County Emergency Medical Service (One Step Ahead Fall Prevention program; 206-263-8544), we are now able to provide grab bar installations for homeowners throughout the county. Likewise, we have increased our income guidelines for veterans and their families from 50% to 80% of the HUD very low income guidelines for the Seattle metro area. Rebuilding Together Seattle is proud to be the only comprehensive and free home and nonprofit facility rehabilitation organization in our area, and we look forward to continuing our missing of bringing together volunteers and communities to help low income homeowners live in warmth, safety, and independence.
While Rebuilding Together Seattle accepts applications year round, we are requesting that interested homeowners apply ASAP or by January 17, 2014 to be considered for our Spring programs. www.rtseattle.org Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Rebuilding Together Seattle is happy to visit your office in person to talk about our programs in greater detail, or deliver program fliers and/or homeowner applications upon your request. Thank you in advance for your support!Sincerely,
Margie ThirlbyExecutive Director, Rebuilding Together Seattle
811 Harrison St, Seattle, 98109
P: (206) 682.1231 F: (206) 682.8962