Repairing Homes, Revitalizing Communities, Rebuilding Lives
Safe homes and communities for everyone.
Rebuilding Together Henry County makes its impact through providing free-of-charge home repairs and updates to existing homeowners in the Geneseo, Cambridge, Annawan, Colona School districts as well as the City of Kewanee. Thanks to our many volunteers.
The number of low-income homeowners increases each year. This growth means that more and more families are placed in the position of choosing between vital necessities, such as food or medicine, or a roof that does not leak. Rebuilding Together works to ensure that as many of those families as possible do not have to make these difficult choices.
Homeowners must be low-income and elderly, veterans, disabled, or families with children, and unable to do the work themselves. Individual families are referred through neighborhood associations, churches, synagogues, community organizations, and service groups, or by self-referral.
Our affiliate works all year round performing home modifications and work throughout the year to plan our home rehabilitation which are completed April through October
Anyone 14 years and over can volunteer! And Rebuilding Together needs people with many talents and abilities — from people who can help scrape paint to those who are trained craftsmen. Business executives, students, bus drivers, politicians, and policemen pitch in annually across America to help build better communities. Tradespeople are always in demand and carpenters, plumbers, electricians, roofers, and others with special skills donate their time as house captains and crew leaders.
All home rehabilitation services are free for low-income homeowners. Labor and many supplies are typically donated. Homeowners and family members are asked to welcome the volunteers into their homes and work alongside them to the extent possible. Our work is done with families and neighborhoods, not for them. Donations are always accepted to help us offset the costs of these free-of-charge repairs to low-income homeowners.
Our home modification services are provided to all homeowners, regardless of income. Low-income persons receive free modifications; middle-income persons are asked to contribute material costs; high-income persons are asked to contribute material and labor costs.
Funds come from generous individuals, corporations, foundations, civic organizations, churches, and schools that are interested in helping to build a better world. Rebuilding Together is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization supported by voluntary contributions of time and money.
Yes. All contributions are tax-deductible. Contributions can be sent to Rebuilding Together Henry County, P.O. Box 254, Geneseo, IL 61254 or make an online donation.
In 1973, caring people in Midland, Texas saw that many of their low- and fixed-income neighbors were living in homes with no hot water, electricity or indoor plumbing and holes in their walls large enough to walk through. When they discovered that there weren’t any programs to help these homeowners, they took action. Taking their cue from the old idea of barn-raising, they recruited volunteers to rehabilitate deteriorating homes in their community. The program got its name when one of the early recipients likened the help of having “Christmas in April.”
By 1988, there were 13 loosely affiliated Christmas in April operations across the United States, including one in Washington, DC. Patty Johnson, then Executive Director of the Washington, DC program, recalls an increasing deluge of calls from people across the nation interested in bringing the program to their own communities. The need for this program existed in every city in America, so a national office was officially launched. Christmas in April USA provided a focus for replicating the soon-to-be trademarked program and assisted in the planning, development, and execution of affiliate services. Johnson became the first president and CEO of Christmas in April USA in 1988, and she has been there ever since. Seventeen years later, there are more than 250 programs operating in more than 900 cities and towns across America.
In early 2001, the organization became “Rebuilding Together”, a name which reflects its expanded mission and additional year-round services. For seventeen years, the organization has been rebuilding America, one house at a time. As part of the expanded mission, Rebuilding Together is tackling several new projects, including rehabbing more non-profit community centers and providing home modifications to aging and disabled homeowners.
National activities include Kick-off to Rebuild, in cooperation with the National Football League in the host city for the Super Bowl, NBA Cares, in cooperation with the National Basketball Association in the host city for the All-Star Game and a building program in cooperation with Major League Baseball in the host city for the All-Star Game. In addition following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Rebuilding Together initiated Rebuild 1000! to rebuilding 1000 homes in the city. It will complete this program in 2012.