A letter from our President and Executive Director First of all, we would like to thank all of the sponsors, partners, volunteers, contractors, and all of our supporters who have made 2013 a successful year for Rebuilding Together – Roanoke. This has been a year of strong growth and major accomplishments for our organization. More importantly, it has been a year in which we have been able to serve more clients than ever before and to provide those services in a more efficient and effective manner. We are now providing services to low income, elderly, and disabled homeowners on a year round basis. Our Spring Rebuilding Day continued to be our signature event as we completed major work on homes throughout Roanoke and surrounding counties using funding provided by house sponsors. We also held, for the first time, a Fall Rebuilding Day, concentrating on the homes of veterans and widows of veterans. We continued to partner with the Roanoke Neighborhood Revitalization Partnership and the City of Roanoke to revitalize the West End/ Mountain View neighborhoods. We also continued to repair the homes of elderly homeowners throughout the year using funding from the final year of a generous grant from the Foundation for the Roanoke Valley. At the start of this year we set the substantial goal of providing major repairs to 100 homeowners in the area. As we prepare this letter, we are happy to report that we have not only met our goal, we have surpassed it with 105 projects completed this year! This has been accomplished using more than 1,100 volunteers! This year has seen many significant events and milestones for Rebuilding Together – Roanoke.
We completed work on the warehouse addition to our building. This extremely valuable addition was made possible primarily through a grant from the Foundation for the Roanoke Valley.
We were donated two properties through
the Real Estate Owned program of Wells Fargo Bank and are preparing these properties for sale in order to cycle the funds back into our home repair program.
We renovated two properties and are now using them to provide permanent supportive housing to clients of local social service agencies.
Finally, we have upgraded our office and program in many ways including a new and more efficient computer system, a new system for rating homeowner applicants , as well as many other system improvements. Even with the great many strides accomplished by our organization and partners this year, the need for our services remains very high. We continue to maintain a waiting list of over 100 homes that are in need of critical home repairs. A typical homeowner that we serve is an older adult living on very limited resources (frequently less than $1,000 per month of Social Security) who is unable to continue to maintain their home. Our small but dedicated staff and working Board (all members actually work on our projects!) will enable us to move steadily toward our goals in 2014, but we need your continued help. Funding is always an issue as we move forward and we ask that each person and organization consider how you may be able to assist us to continue to provide these much needed services to our clients. Once again, we would like to thank all of you who have helped us accomplish our goals this year, with a special thanks to those of you who have supported us over many years as we have strived to keep the homes in this area warm, safe, dry, accessible, energy efficient, and healthy.
Earl W. Saunders, Jr. President
Edward M. Murray Executive Director
ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW MISSION STATEMENT Bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners. VISION STATEMENT A safe and healthy home for every person. OUR PROGRAMS HOME REHABILITATION We provide critical home repairs to qualifying homeowners using volunteers and donated materials. This year, Rebuilding Together Roanoke completed major repairs on 105 homes. Common repair work completed includes roof repairs, plumbing and electrical, window replacements, and accessible home modifications, REAL ESTATE OWNED (REO) In 2013, Rebuilding Together Roanoke was donated two properties in Roanoke City. Both homes have been completely renovated to ensure their health and safety and are currently for sale. Profits from this program will be reinvested into the organization to continue our work in the community. In addition to these projects, RTR has renovated two properties to provide supportive housing to three lowincome households. SPECIAL PROJECTS NATIONAL REBUILDING DAY Our annual mass-rebuild event which is held on the last Saturday of April. This year, we engaged nearly 500 volunteer from local organizations, businesses, and churches to serve 30 homeowners in need. On National Rebuilding Day 2013, RTR and its volunteers invested a more than $250,000 value in the community.
Audited Financials, 2012 Revenues House Sponsors
Expenses Programs $419,835
CHANGE IN NET ASSETS
BEGINNING NET ASSETS
ENDING NET ASSETS
VETERAN REBUILDING DAY This was the first year RTR held Veteran Rebuilding Day, a day for volunteers to give back to our veterans and widows of veterans by providing them with critical home repairs. On Saturday, Nov. 9th, nearly 300 volunteers came together to serve 14 veterans. SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM From June to the end of August, Rebuilding Together Roanoke hosted youths from World Changers, Catholic Heart, and REACH. Throughout these summer months, volunteers completed 31 projects for low-income homeowners.
COMMUNITY IMPACT In 2013, RTR invested $2.9 million worth of home repairs into the Roanoke Valley.
VOLUNTEERS ENGAGED IN SERVICE
WORDS FROM AN RTR VOLUNTEER The opportunity to participate as a volunteer for Rebuilding Together was introduced to me by a mentor of mine, Mark Tamaro. I researched Rebuilding Together and learned of the outstanding work that they were providing the Roanoke community and communities nationwide. As a contractor, you have to realize that your work and craft brings people great joy. The opportunity to bring that joy to a local resident of my community by offering up my services was not just a wonderful experience, but also a true honor. I had the pleasure of working on Ms. Trudellâ€™s bathroom, installing new laminate flooring, as well as replacing her back exterior door. There was a very specific and intoxicating energy among all of the volunteers that day as we all came together to provide a safe and peaceful home for Ms. Trudell. As a contractor, it is rare that one has the opportunity to participate in such a heartwarming project. Seeing the reaction and appreciation in Ms. Trudellâ€™s smile as the day came to a close was one of the most gratifying moments in my career as a contractor.
AVG. HOUSEHOLD INCOME $16,584
ELDERLY HOMEOWNERS SERVED
VETERANS REO PROJECTS SERVED
Ryan Mecca of Church of the Holy Spirit. Roanoke Times, 4/28/2013.
My business, Mecca Building Services, is still in its infancy, but has grown substantially over the past year and a half. Any success that I gain is driven from the mentors and teachers that have guided me along the way. Coming together with a group of contractors, volunteers, and my mentors for Rebuilding Together was an opportunity that I will never forget. Ryan Mecca Mecca Building Services November, 2013
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Earl Earl Saunders, Saunders, President President Ret., RRHA Ret., RRHA Al Holland, Vice President Al Holland, Vice President Ret. Ret. Steve Gross, Treasurer Steve Gross, Treasurer Roanoke Rescue Mission Roanoke Rescue Mission Steven M. Belanger Cox Communications Steven M. Belanger Cox Communications David Bowers Mayor Roanoke David of Bowers Mayor ofColes Roanoke Carolyn
Annette Lewis Total Action for Progress
Mac Lloyd Varney Inc.
Cindy Martin Allstate
Dan Pollock Ret., City of Roanoke
Carolyn Riddleberger Bank of America
Carolyn Coles Jeffery Comer Ivy Realty Jeffery Comer Gwen ElectricFaw Pros
First Citizens Bank K. Stockburger Consulting
Gwen Faw Ben Fink Wells Fargo AECOM
Ben Fink Sarah Glenn AECOM AECOM
City of Roanoke
Kit Hale Sarah Glenn MKB Realtors AECOM Mike Hertz Kit Hale Woods Rogers, PLC MKB Realtors John Leftwich Mike Hertz Ivy Realty
WSLS News 10
Sandra Turner Lindsay Ward Allison Wolf Freedom First CU
STAFF MEMBERS Edward Murray Executive Director Rick Sheets Director of Operations Kendall Cloeter Program Administrator Alyssa Bostrom AmeriCorps Project Specialist Rebuilding Together - Roanoke is an affiliate of the national nonprofit. Rebuilding Together’s network of almost 200 affiliated nonprofits brings together 200,000 volunteers and completes nearly 10,000 projects each year. To learn more about Rebuilding Together and our efforts across the country, visit www.rebuildingtogether.org
Josh Woodhull Advance Auto Parts
Rebuilding Together – Roanoke is an organization that I have volunteered with for several years and a short time ago I became a board member. I am passionate about what this organization can accomplish. RTR, along with our volunteers, is able to keep so many people in their own homes by making the homes safe and healthy to live in. Recently we had the opportunity to make September 11th a day to remember in a good way. There is a Veteran that lives in the City of Roanoke who has been fighting to keep his home. Due to financial and physical problems, his home was in need of much repair and the City Inspectors had cited him with so many code violations that he was in danger of losing his home and going to jail. RTR met with code enforcement and was able to get them to agree to help the Vet if we could do some work on the exterior of the home. It was a unanimous decision of the board that we would get the work done and help out this deserving man. We set the date, 9/11, and got to work. All of the board members who could be there were. After getting the porch ready to paint, we grabbed our paint brushes and rollers and got to work. It was amazing to see what we accomplished in just one day. The house already looked so much better because of the selfless care each of us put in to getting it done. The Vet was there with us the whole day and spent time talking to each one of us and thanking us for all we were doing. That day we honored our Vet, as well as all of the people affected by the tragedy of 9/11, by coming together to start the rebuilding his future and proving that we, as a nation, will always be there for each other. Cindy Martin Board Member November, 2013
Each year, Rebuilding Together Roanoke (RTR) receives more than 250 applications from homeowners requesting home repair services. Staff and Board members review these applications and select homeowners based on their level of need and the funding available. RTR then reaches out to its dedicated corps of partners and volunteers to complete the project. Step 1. Review application Homeowner: Ms. Turner of Step 2. Complete a home visit Roanoke, VA and develop a scope of work ∙77 years old, widow of a veteran, - Replace windows (10) lives alone, has difficultly walking ∙ Annual income of less than 30% - Install accessible ramp (8’x10’) of the Area Median Income - Install railing along driveway Repairs requested: Windows, repair - Renovate bathroom handrail along driveway, fix exterior ∙Install accessible shower steps (too steep), install a grab bar in the bathtub ∙Install accessible commode ∙Repair bathroom flooring and walls
Step 3. Assign a workgroup/event Volunteers from Coca-Cola with Ms. Turner during National Rebuilding Day on April 27, 2013. This group completed the window replacements. Volunteers from WH Gearhart Construction completed the accessible bathroom and ramp. A note from the homeowner... First of all, I want to thank you for the windows, this will be a life saver on my heating bills this winter. Also, for the shower that was installed. When I broke my knee cap in November of last year the shower was a blessing. One last thing, thank you for the ramp that was added to the side of my home. Words cannot express how much I love all of you for helping people like me. You all are the greatest. Each crew that did the work was so kind and nice. May God bless all of you. HOW FAR DOES A DOLLAR GO?
Every $1 donated to Rebuilding Together Roanoke is turned into a $5-$10 value. By using donated materials and volunteer labor, your donation makes a major impact on your community. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND HOW TO MAKE A DONATION, VISIT: RebuildingTogetherRoanoke.org/donate
Love, Ms. Turner
Many thanks for each and every donation. Every dollar truly matters.
CORPORATE PARTNERS Roanoke Valley Rebuilders
INDIVIDUAL DONORS Community Rebuilders
Foundation for Roanoke Valley Community Rebuilders
John Leftwich Neighborhood Rebuilders
The Home Depot Foundation Housing Assistance Council Sears Heroes at Home Wells Fargo Neighborhood Rebuilders ($5,000-$14,999)
Bank of America Bob Welch Construction Carilion Foundation Erie Insurance Lowe’s SunTrust Varney Electric Home Rebuilders ($1,000-$4,999)
AECOM Advance Auto Parts Allstate Catholic Diocese of Virginia City of Roanoke First Citizens Bank First Fridays Freedom First Federal Credit Union Kiwanis Club of Roanoke RRHA Roanoke Valley Assoc. of Realtors St. John’s Episcopal Church Valley Bank Friends of Rebuilding Together ($100-$999)
County of Roanoke Cox Communications Woods Rogers, PLC
Home Rebuilders ($1,000-$4,999)
John & Susan Cloeter The Frith Family Christina Koomen Friends of Rebuilding Together ($100-$999)
Joel Baker Karen Barnhart Steve Belanger David Bowers Chris Chittum Carolyn Coles Jeff Comer Carol Debusk Ben Fink Sarah Glenn Steve Gross Kit Hale Mike Hertz Annette Lewis
Joann Lloyd Mac Lloyd Cindy Martin Andrew Moore Edward Murray Chad Scott Rick Sheets Rodney Shepherd Karen Stealhy Kathy Stockburger Craig Thompson Sandra Turner Allison Wolf
IN-KIND SPONSORS Building Integrity, Inc. Coca-Cola Continental Diversified Solutions EI Inc. LMW Engineering Rusco Windows Dugwell Pest Control Trane Heating & Air WH Gearhart Construction WSLS News Channel 10
VOLUNTEER GROUPS Bonsack Baptist Callaway Ruritan Club Catholic Heart Central C. of the Brethren Church of the Holy Spirit First Baptist Franklin Heights Baptist Hillstreet Baptist Hollins University BSA Huntington Court UMC
Koppers Military Family Support Center Military Officers Assoc. of America Morningstar Baptist Radford Baptist Church Raleigh Court United Methodist REACH Real Estate Investors Roanoke College Roanoke Rescue Mission
Southeast Action Forum St. John’s Lutheran St. Thomas of Canterbury TAP YouthBuild Valley Word VT Alpha Phi Omega VT Newman Ministry VT Holly House World Changers West Point Society
Rebuilding Together Roanoke, Inc. P.O. Box 4532 Roanoke, VA 24015
Rebuilding Together Roanoke's Annual Report 2013