Oklahoma City – Imagine being 72 years old, a widow and having $1,100 per month income. You have bills to pay, medical expenses and a house to maintain. You are proud of the home you have earned and raised your family in, and you want to stay there forever. There is a good chance you are raising some grandchildren. It is a difficult choice when it comes down to paying for food, medicine or home repairs. You are the average client of Rebuilding Together OKC… and many survive on much less. Rebuilding Together helps by providing free repairs and modifications to keep low-income seniors safe, warm and dry. To qualify, a person must be at least 55 years of age, own and reside in the home, and be financially unable to make the repairs.
Originally Christmas in April, the name changed in 2001 to “Rebuilding Together” to better reflect our work and our expanded ability to provide year-round emergency repairs and simple modifications. Our work is done mostly by volunteers (approximately 2,500 per year) with donated and purchased materials, always at no cost to our client. Since 1992, we worked on over 1,000 homes.
Impact dollars will increase our capacity to repair/modify kitchens and bathrooms. We could convert bathtubs to showers, make more extensive adaptations for physically challenged seniors, and provide major plumbing repairs and appliance replacements. Imagine the gift of being able to bath regularly and safely, to prepare your own meals – essentially to take care of yourself and stay in your home. These projects drastically improve daily activities and increase independence. Your support can have tremendous impact, especially when combined with varying contributions of in-kind labor and materials. We believe all people deserve to age independently, with grace and dignity, and you can help them do so.
To learn more, visit Rebuilding Together at www.rebuildingtogether.org.