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We are filled with gratitude as we look back on our year. Here’s a recap of 2016 for Rebuilding Together Clay County!
 
We served 126 Families -a 60% increase from last year!
We served 126 homes with 232 residents, plus 1 nonprofit facility housing 18 residents.This is the most families we have ever helped in a single year and was a major increase from 75 houses in 2015.
 
We added two full-time staff members
Marty Clariday started as a part-time Project Manager for us in February 2016. We liked him so much we hired him full-time in April! His skilled background and willingness to go the extra mile is a great asset to our team. Marty joins Ed Kephart as our two full-time Project Managers. Katie Raines joined us in July as our Director of Development. Katie specializes in all things digital, keeping our Facebook page up-to-date and bringing our staff’s average age down a decade or two! 😉 

We helped a veteran avoid homelessness

Our biggest project of 2016 was for a veteran in Liberty who was in serious risk of losing his home. Our Project Managers and over 50 volunteers saved this man from homelessness, and provided him functional plumbing, electrical and weatherproofing. We worked on everything from a broken dishwasher to installing a new heating and cooling system. 
 
Survey showed 96.7% fewer falls after our modifications 
Our Safe at Home services for seniors are in high demand. Our survey results gathered this year found that clients in 2015 fell 62 times before modifications and only 2 times after modifications in the areas we improved! What a spectacular outcome, revealing the effectiveness of these services!
 
We partnered with North Kansas City Hospital for an Aging-in-Place Demonstration
This year we were thrilled to be a part of a demonstration focused on reducing hospital readmissions for former NKC Hospital patients . We installed grab bars, railings, bathroom assistive devices, low-rise steps and more to help aging adults stay safe and healthy in the comfort of their homes. Here’s a great video featuring this program, and the work we did for Jim Taylor:

23 Homes were rehabbed in ONE DAY 
Our annual Rebuilding Day was a success, with nearly 400 volunteers transforming the homes and lives of 23 families in the Northland! Churches, businesses and individuals installed new windows, trimmed trees, built new decks, painted exteriors and the list goes on! 

The RT Store had a major expansion
This summer we expanded our RT Store, a thrift store for building materials, and made it open to the public in June! We are thrilled with the surplus of space and look forward to the ways this store will continue to support our programs. 
 
 
 
Wells Fargo Partnership for Safe and Healthy Housing
In October we partnered with Wells Fargo to transform the lives of a disadvantaged family in KC North. The senior couple both experienced health challenges, and their house had deteriorated to the point where they were at risk of losing their homeowners insurance. Not only this, but the husband’s wheelchair tires were getting tangled up in the aging carpet. With the help of Wells Fargo and volunteers, we were able to create a safe and healthy home for this deserving family.

We had more help than we could ask for
In 2016, 648 Volunteers invested 8,572 hours and completed home repairs and modifications worth a market value of $259,956 for Northland residents. WOW! Thank you for your commitment to create a safe and healthy home for every person! 

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