Rebuilding Together Eastside

About Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together was established 1997, and has renovated over 100,000 homes and community facilities. The majority of the low-income homeowners we serve are elderly or disabled individuals or residents who are physically and financially unable to maintain safe and warm living conditions for themselves and their families.

Each year during our Rebuilding Days, we gather donated materials and rally hundreds of volunteers to help repair and rehabilitate homes and nonprofit facilities. Our program provides both major and minor repairs and renovations that result in life-changing improvements for the homeowners and organizations served.

Read our stories to learn more about the work that has been accomplished through the generous help provided by Rebuilding Together Eastside sponsors, donors, and volunteers.

Mission Statement

Rebuilding Together's mission is to preserve and revitalize houses and communities, assuring that low-income homeowners, from the elderly and disabled to families with children, live in warmth, safety, and independence. In partnership with communities, our goal is to make a sustainable impact.

We make this impact through providing necessary repairs free of charge to existing homeowners. These necessary repairs often include home modifications, roofing, plumbing, and electrical repairs and/or improvements - our goal is to provide a warm, safe and dry environment for low-income homeowners , enabling them to live independently and with dignity. While many affiliates provide year-round services, all affiliates plan and prepare rebuilding projects or another special event on National Rebuilding Day, typically held on the last Saturday in April. Volunteers from all ages, faiths, and walks of life come together to help their neighbors in the "American Barn-Raising" tradition.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is composed of volunteer professionals.

  • Bruce Burgoyne, Fiserv
  • Dean Enyeart, Stack Steel (Retired)
  • John Hendow, Walt Disney Company
  • Teri Kato, Theraputic Associates. Inc.
  • Ron Krueger, Federal Mgr. (Retired)
  • John McDonald, Honeywell Inc. (Retired)
  • Jim McWha, Habitat for Humanity, Boeing Inc. (Retired)
  • Rhonda Rae Murphy, Boeing Inc.
  • Paul Oscar, Oscar & Sons Landscaping
  • Peggy Schmitz, Schmitz & Assoc., P.S.
  • Jerry Hardebeck - Advisor
  • Jamie Van Norstand - Legal Counsel

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Our History

In 1973, an oil scout in Midland, Texas named Bobby Trimble gathered a group of caring neighbors to help a widow living on a fixed income with some much-needed home repairs. At the end of that productive and hard day of work, the beneficiary exclaimed, "This is like Christmas in April!"

Christmas in April became a national non-profit organization headquartered in Washington DC in 1988. In the year 2000 the name was changed to Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April, and today there are over 260 affiliates in 49 states. The national office provides assistance to affiliates in program development, board and staff development, marketing, communications, and financial management.

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