POUGHKEEPSIE – Rebuilding Together Dutchess County, a local affiliate of the national nonprofit organization, Rebuilding Together, will hold its annual National Rebuilding Day on Saturday, April 30.
The organization works year-round to provide critical home repairs for its neighbors.
In Dutchess, some 75 volunteers will repair three homes on what is also the local nonprofit’s 30th year helping neighbors in need and making a difference in Dutchess County.
“The last few years have shown us the importance of having a safe place to call home,” said Christopher Pels, interim executive director and past president of Rebuild Together Dutchess County. ”The critical repairs being made not only in April, but year-round, are improving the physical and mental health of our neighbors, increasing their safety and sense of independence and are improving their economic security and sense of community connection.”
Candida, a Poughkeepsie resident, is one of those receiving repairs on the 30th. The 79-year-old widow fell in love with her home the moment she saw it 26 years ago and the love has continued ever since. She loves the peace and quiet, and being a “homey type,” spending most of her time there.
The two other Dutchess County residents who will be served this month are Comly, an 87-year-old disabled veteran and Alice, an 82-year-old widow. Both Comly and Alice have lived in the Town of Poughkeepsie for over 50 years.
As with all of RTDC’s repair projects, a variety of critical home repairs are made in order to ensure low-income homeowners live independently in warm, safe, healthy and dry homes. These can include things like flooring repairs, weatherization improvements, roof and window replacements, accessibility modifications, painting, landscaping, electrical work, and other major home rehabilitations.
The repairs are provided at no cost to neighbors in need.