Rebuilding Together began in 1973, when volunteers in Midland, Texas decided to devote one day in April to repairing and sprucing up the dilapidated homes of low-income, disabled and elderly neighbors in their community. By 1982, the program had reached the Washington, D.C. area, where volunteers included Cabinet members, White House staff, and other national figures. With a commitment to spread the program to every state, Rebuilding Together’s national headquarters was launched in 1988.
Rebuilding Together continues to grow as volunteers pour forth to transform homes and neighborhoods in scores of communities nationwide. Today, the organization operates with 235 affiliates nationwide, works in 1,800 communities, and brings together more than 200,000 volunteers annually to preserve and revitalize 10,000 houses and non-profit facilities, totaling services provided to nearly 850,000 low income individuals and families. Nationally, Rebuilding Together has delivered over $1.3 billion in market value since it’s founding.
Rebuilding Together – St. Louis was incorporated in March 1992 with the first Rebuilding Day held in May of 1993. In 1993, 105 volunteers worked on five homes. Ten years later, Rebuilding Together – St. Louis completed its 500th home project. In 2010, Rebuilding Together – St. Louis assisted 112 homeowners with home repairs, completed four community projects and completed 80 R.T. Express projects in 24 communities throughout the St. Louis area. Thus far Rebuilding Together – St. Louis has assisted 1,275 homeowners, completed 52 community projects and 489 R.T. Express projects in over 50 communities throughout the St. Louis area!