Southeast Michigan Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan will participate in National Rebuilding Day, which is April 24. Pictured, volunteers work on the exterior of a home.

Southeast Michigan Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan will participate in National Rebuilding Day, which is April 24. Pictured, volunteers work on the exterior of a home.

Photo provided by Rebuilding Together


Nonprofit to help community on National Rebuilding Day

Home repairs, Heritage Park cleanup planned

By: Zachary Manning | C&G Newspapers | Published April 22, 2021

 Southeast Michigan Volunteers work at a cleanup effort from a previous event. Along with exterior home repairs, Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan will have a cleanup effort at Heritage Park and will pass out healthy home kits to Farmington Hills residents.

Southeast Michigan Volunteers work at a cleanup effort from a previous event. Along with exterior home repairs, Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan will have a cleanup effort at Heritage Park and will pass out healthy home kits to Farmington Hills residents.

Photo provided by Rebuilding Together

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FARMINGTON HILLS/SOUTHFIELD — As part of National Rebuilding Day April 24, Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan will be helping out the community in a multitude of ways.

Throughout National Rebuilding Month, Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan will be one of 127 affiliates across the country completing repairs and projects for homeowners. Volunteers serve a variety of demographics, including veterans, older adults, families with children, people with disabilities, and victims of disaster, providing them with a variety of critical, safe and healthy home repairs.

National Rebuilding Month originated in 1973 in Midland, Texas, with volunteers helping neighbors rebuild their homes. The group founded Rebuilding Together — at the time, “Christmas in April” — and gathered around a month of service each year in April. The mission then grew beyond the idea of providing service one month per year to bringing volunteers together to provide neighbors in need with critical repairs year-round.

“What began as a grassroots effort to repair homes and revitalize communities is now a nationwide movement to ensure everyone can live in a safe home and community,” Rebuilding Together President and CEO Caroline Blakely said in a press release. “Through the work of our dedicated rebuilders we are able to positively impact the lives of our neighbors in need during the month of April and throughout the year.”

Though COVID-19 is still a problem, that isn’t stopping the organization from helping out. On April 24, the organization is rolling out a plan to help the community in three ways.

First, Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan will be repairing 10 homes in Farmington Hills, Southfield, and in the Milford and Commerce Township areas. Houses are picked via an application process, which can be found on the group’s website at rtsemi.org.

Without the pandemic, the organization would be able to repair more homes on this day. Despite that, Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan staff knew help was still needed and wanted to provide as much as possible.

These home repairs will get a lot of exterior work done, including regrading, tree trimming and basic beautification, among other things. Each project will have around 20 volunteers.

Next, the nonprofit is looking to revitalize Heritage Park in Farmington Hills with a cleanup effort. They expect to have around 100 volunteers doing a variety of tasks, like mulching, planting trees and other cleanup activities.

Lastly, they will be distributing around 100 “safe and healthy home” kits to Farmington Hills residents. These kits will include a fire extinguisher, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, a first-aid kit, a window insulation kit, DampRid for humidity control, and pest traps.

Distributing these kits at Heritage Park will help to increase the impact Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan has on the community by supporting homeowners that are not able to be served with home repairs. The kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“When you see people that are so enthused, so appreciative, so grateful, whether that is shown in tears of joy or homeowners that are so excited that volunteers are at their home that they start helping the volunteers out with the repairs at their own home or coming back the next year or in subsequent years and they become rebuilders themselves and volunteer at another home project, it’s infectious,” Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan Operations Manager Chris Perkins said.

Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan staff said that without the help of volunteers, they wouldn’t be able to serve the community as much as they do. They have hundreds of volunteers for numerous events, especially the home repair projects.

For more information on how to get involved or for general inquiries, visit https://rebuildingtogether.org.

“We like to say that we take a neighbors helping neighbors approach,” Perkins said. “Right now, it’s easy for all of us to be hidden away in our own homes and thinking about bills that are piling up for us or just the day-to-day tasks that we have to deal with, but being able to get out into the community to interface, even behind a mask, with someone else that may be in even greater need than you are can be a very profound experience.”

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