One elderly woman lived in a house with ceiling holes large enough to see the sky. A disabled woman, living 15 blocks from the Capitol, had never bathed in her own home because of the bathroom’s state of disrepair. A house with exposed live wires, and children in residence, prompted a case reviewer to fax this message: “Please help. I want to know these kids will live through the winter.” Isolated cases? Unfortunately not. Since 1983, Rebuilding Together has stepped in and revitalized over 2,900 homes for DC’s most vulnerable residents. For many, a new roof would cost more than a year’s income, so Rebuilding Together recruits over 2,000 volunteers to replace roofs, paint walls, purchase new stoves and refrigerators, and install air conditioning and wheelchair ramps for low-income families. National Rebuilding Weekend occurs in April, but Rebuilding Together operates year-round to accommodate emergencies, urgent repairs, and handicapped modification needs. For 31 years, it has not only repaired and modified homes, but created comfort, safety, and hope – that are truly built to last.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 3

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; All DC neighborhoods, especially Wards 7 and 8 (which includes Historic Anacostia).

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+); All

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: All; Disabled; HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students

Awards & Recognition

Mayor’s Award of Excellence-25 years of Service; Soroptimist International Award of Excellence for helping low-income females; St. Columba’s Episcopal Church-Excellence in Community Service; Acadia Federal Bank Nice Guys Award 2 years running; Bethel Christian Fellowship Award for service in Anacostia; Heroes at Home Award from Sears; Home Depot Community Partner Award 6 years running; HGTV grand prize winner in “Change the World, Start at Home” contest; and many more.


Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Rebuilding Together of Washington DC is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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