Frequently Asked Questions

Is Rebuilding Together like Christmas in April?

It is the same organization. Several years ago, the new name Rebuilding Together was adopted to more accurately reflect the fact that many affiliates work on projects year-round, serving homeowners in need without regard to religious affiliation.

Who is eligible to have RTKCMD make repairs on their home?

RTKCMD does repair and rehabilitation work on the homes of individuals who meet these criteria. First, they must own their home and live in it (or intend to live in it, if it is currently not habitable). Second, they must be elderly (over age 60) and/or disabled and/or their household includes children under the age of 18. Third, their income and assets must fall within a sliding scale that is based on the number of people in the home.

How much does a homeowner pay for the work RTKCMD does?

There is no cost to the homeowner. RTKCMD meets the project costs by combining gifts of money, donated materials and supplies, and countless hours of donated labor by skilled and unskilled volunteers. To the extent they are physically able, the homeowner, his/her family members, neighbors and friends are encouraged to work on the project side-by-side with our volunteers.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone 16 or older who is interested in helping our neighbors maintain homeownership and live in a safe, warm and dry home! (Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign the volunteer release.)

I want to volunteer but I don’t have construction skills. Can RTKCMD use my help anyway?

You bet we can! On just about every project we do, our House Captains use unskilled volunteers on a variety of tasks -- painting, removing flooring or drywall, trimming shrubbery, caulking, serving as the day’s volunteer coordinator, the list goes on. Perhaps you’d like to make snacks and lunches for a project team. We can also use your help now and then on non-project work, such as working at a fundraiser or getting out a mailing.

Is Rebuilding Together the same as Habitat for Humanity?

No. Both Rebuilding Together and Habitat for Humanity work to help ensure that individuals and families with limited financial resources have a safe, warm, dry place to live. There are several key differences between the two organizations, however. 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 through providing necessary repairs free of charge to existing homeowners. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, financed with affordable loans.