At Freedom House we feed the hungry, house the homeless, repair deplorable homes, give financial guidance, and provide utility assistance, hygiene kits, diapers, safety modifications and school supplies. We are able to advance our work because of our partnership with Freedom House and the ministries within its walls.
Here’s a spectacular video highlighting the work that has been done, and the organizations that have been positively impacted because of Freedom House!
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!
RT Store will be featured at the KC Remodel + Garden Show February 10-12 at the American Royal Center. Visit our booth to see our Upcycle Challenge, and purchase products designed out of items from our store! Click below for an additional $1 off your tickets when you buy online! ($10 at the door, $8 online or $7 using the link below!)
We can’t express our gratitude enough for the volunteers that committed their time and expertise to our neighboring families in the Northland. Crew leaders worked weeks, even months in advance to recruit other volunteers, visit their project sites and prepare material lists. Groups that participated include:
Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate
Continental Disc Corporation
Crescent Lake Christian
First Federal Bank of Kansas City
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church (A Turning Point)
Kearney First United Methodist Church
Liberty Christian Church
LDS Doniphan Ward
Liberty Fire Department
Liberty High School Serteens
Liberty Sertoma Club
Liberty United Methodist Church
Second Baptist Church
South Liberty Baptist
St James Catholic – Dinners for Eight
St Stephen Lutheran
Western Specialty Contractors
William Jewell College
We want to thank Pizza Ranch in both Liberty and Gladstone for donating pizzas to some of our volunteers, and to our donors listed below on our banner for their generosity.
We want to thank our 2016 Rebuilding Day Neighborhood Sponsors for their generous contributions in eliminating unsafe and deplorable living conditions in our community!
We have 23 homes selected for Rebuilding Day 2016! If you would like to donate your resources or time, we would love to hear from you. Give our office a call at 816-781-8985 or email us at officeRTCC@att.net.
Our Project Managers Ed and Marty finished up a Safe at Home project this week for a sharp 100 year old woman in the Northland! A new set of low rise steps were installed that are ideal for those who use walkers, to get both your feet and walker on the step at the same time.
A low rise step was also added inside.
Ed and Marty added a grab bar above the step to help the transition between the stair lift and main floor.
Only positive words from this lively 100 year old. “Just wanted to thank you for the great job you did on my steps and the extra step on the landing to go downstairs. Really made things easier for me! That was the first thing I looked at this morning, making sure it wasn’t just a dream. You are a couple of very nice guys to be around. Enjoyed your work and you even cleaned up after you finished. Thank you so much.”
Our annual House Selection Meeting is coming up on Tuesday, August 9th, at 7:00 pm. This is when crew leaders pick the house they are going to improve on Rebuilding Day (October 1st).
House Selection Meeting
Tuesday, August 9th
Second Baptist Church
300 E Kansas St, Liberty
(use South Entrance)
One week before this meeting, we will have project pictures available online of the repairs that need to be made on each house.
Please email us or give us a call (816-781-8985) if you are planning to have a volunteer crew on Rebuilding Day this year.
Be a House Sponsor $1,500 – Neighborhood Sponsor – Receive your logo on the event day banner, 500 t-shirts, RTCC Website, and promotional yard signs. $1,000 – House Sponsor – Receive your logo on 500 t-shirts & promotional yard signs. $500 – Project Sponsor – Receive your business name on 500 t-shirts. Other Amount – Every dollar donated is tripled in value and helps us to help more neighbors in need.
Please submit your payment no later than August 31st by using our PayPal “Donate” button to the right of this page or send check to “Rebuilding Together” at: 2050 Plumbers Way, #150, Liberty, MO 64068
We hope you are planning to join us in helping to eliminate unsafe and deplorable living conditions in the Northland!
Checkout the great work that volunteers from Liberty Christian Fellowship (LCF) did last week!