National Rebuilding Day
National Rebuilding Day is an annual event that takes place every year in April. This one-day rebuilding event brings together volunteers and corporate sponsors to rehabilitate the homes and community facilities of our low-income neighbors and revitalizes communities in the metro Denver area. 2012 National Rebuilding Day was on Saturday, April 28th.
NRD 2012 Sponsors & Homeowners
Sponsor: Dakota Consulting
Dakota Consulting has been participating in National Rebuilding Day since 2009. Dakota Consulting, Inc. provides creative business solutions to meet their clients’ needs. Their technology, software development, and security expertise is combined with a thorough understanding of government processes. Dakota prides itself on their ability to successfully manage IT and security projects from cradle to grave–within budget and on schedule.
Tessie is 89 years old and is the the widow of a veteran who has lived in her home for 58 years. Tessie is confined to a wheelchair and needs assistance to do many things around the house. Her son Vincent lives with her and provides much of the care she needs. Tessie and Vincent have tried to keep up with the home maintainance and have had some weatherization and remodel work done over the years but have felt it getting behind more recently.
Sponsor: Travelers Insurance
Travelers has been participating in National Rebuilding Day with RTMD since 2008. In an uncertain world, Travelers is an insurance leader, committed to keeping pace with the ever-changing needs of our customers, and anticipating their needs for the future. There is no stronger testament to our dedication to protecting customers from loss than our continued innovation and ability to transform our industry.
Rudy is 67 years old and has lived in his home for 4 years. Rudy is diabetic and also suffers from end liver disease. His daughter lives nearby and is his main source of in-home care and often cooks his meals. He is a very pleasant individual who would like to have safety upgrades to his home so that he may continue to live there with his wife without fear of falling.
Sponsor: Booz Allen Hamilton
Booz Allen Hamilton has been participating in National Rebuilding Day with RTMD since 2009. This is what Cory Civilla, Sr. Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton had to say about the event, “Knowing we are continuing to contribute to the work started a year ago (by RTMD) gives us the added satisfaction of actually seeing our contributions in a broader context.” As a trusted, long-term partner, Booz Allen works side by side with their clients, offering expert, objective advice to help solve their most important and complex problems. Clients have trusted Booz Allen’s management, and technology consulting services for 98 years. Their insight, deep domain knowledge and market-leading capabilities help their clients be ready for what’s next.
Inez is an 80 year old widow of a veteran and has lived in her home since July 1955. She has raised 10 children, six of which were her own. She has trouble getting around due to her age. Inez used to do all of the work around the house herself but can no longer keep up with the maintainance due to age and finances. She worked all of her life until she retired from the Denver Woodbury Library after working for Montgomery Wards for thirty years. She has very supportive children and grandchildren that live nearby and have tried to helped with the upkeep over the years.
Enerplus has been participating in National Rebuilding Day with RTMD since 2009. In 2011 Enerplus did two rebuilds with RTMD both focusing heavily on energy efficiency repairs. Enerplus is an independent North American energy company with a diversified asset base of oil and gas properties across a variety of resource plays. They are focused on creating value for their investors by providing organic growth in production and reserves complemented by a monthly dividend.
Katherine has 3 kids, one still lives at home, and 5 grandchildren. Her mother Evila (72) lives with her. Evila has raised 2 daughters and has 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Evila recently had a stroke and is recovering well from it. Born in Alamosa they all moved to Denver in 1968. Evila’s husband was a veteran and passed away in 1992.
Sponsor: Swinerton Builders
Swinerton Builders has been participating in National Rebuilding Day with RTMD since 2006. Kerry Swain, Project Executive at Swinerton Builders had these words about participating in NRD 2012, “With our construction skills, our team takes on some significant repair work that makes a big difference in the lives of those residents. We always have such a great time together supporting Rebuilding Together Metro Denver every year.” The Swinerton Family of Companies provides commercial construction services throughout the Western United States, delivering innovative construction solutions and outstanding customer service to a diverse range of business clients that demand exacting performance.
Donna is a third generation Denver native. She is the daughter of a coal miner and a nurse. She received a degree from the Colorado Womens College and practiced as an Interior Designer for 45 years, retiring in 1999. She was married to her first husband for 20 years and her second husband for 35 years, and quite sadly, was widowed twice. Both husbands were veterans. Donna has lived in west Denver in her home for 46 years. She lives alone but her daughter comes and cleans the house regularly. She is very appreciative for any help she gets.
First Bank has been participating in National Rebuilding Day with RTMD since 2005. FirstBank owes their success to the core values they have held since they were founded in 1963. Ever since, they have maintained a strong commitment to convenience, friendly and intelligent customer service, and loyalty to their employees. FirstBank has grown through consumer and commercial lending, innovative banking products and services and a high regard for community investment.
Frances is 87 years old and has lived in her home in the Barnum Neighborhood for over 38 years. Frances is the widow of a veteran who passed away in 2007. She is cared for by her daughter Crucita. Since the death of her husband they have been unable to make the necessary repairs around the house. It has been difficult for them to take care of the interior repairs on their home. They are very appreciative of any help that may be available to ensure that Frances can continue to live in her home safely.
NRD 2012 Rebuild Map
NRD 2012 focused on the Barnum Neighborhood. This is a very familiar neighborhood to RTMD. “Returning to this neighborhood demonstrates RTMD’s commitment to revitalizing communities as well as the homes of qualified individuals,” said Kathryn Arbour, RTMD CEO. In June of 2011 RTMD revitalized 30 homes in the historic Barnum Neighborhood as part of our mission to provide safe and healthy homes for Denver’s at-risk seniors, veterans, low-income and multi-generational families. Work began on Saturday, May 21 with a demolition crew and culminated with a huge rebuilding weekend and hundreds of volunteers on June 18 and 19 as part of a special pre-conference event to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s National Healthy Homes Conference. The revitalization of the Barnum neighborhood was the kickoff to HUD’s National Healthy Homes Conference in Denver June 20- 23. Later in the year RTMD returned to do 3 more projects in Barnum.
Be a Part of NRD 2013
There are many ways that you can get involved with National Rebuilding Day 2013 or other future RTMD projects. Every project that RTMD does requires dedicated lead volunteers to help facilitate the many aspects of the project.
Sponsor a Rebuild
National Rebuilding Day exists because of sponsors and there are many more homeowners who need assistance. This is an incredible team building experience! Check out our Project Gallery for rebuild project pictures. Join us for a fun and rewarding day! Email Jolynn Snyder or call her at 303.217.2071 to discuss sponsorship options.
Volunteering with Rebuilding Together Metro Denver is a unique experience that brings together individuals from all sectors and associations. Volunteers work together to improve the quality of life for low-income homeowners and are the backbone of the organization. When you volunteer, you make a lasting impact on the people who you serve as well as the people you serve with.
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