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Skilled Trades

Since Rebuilding Together-St. Louis began helping low-income elderly and disabled homeowners in 1993, local skilled trades’ men and women have provided plumbing, electrical, sheet metal and window glazing repairs to hundreds of families in St. Louis. Thanks to the enormous support of local trades, Rebuilding Together-St. Louis has been able to make a much greater impact in our homeowner’s lives. We are addressing serious health and safety issues thanks to the trades’ involvement in our cause. This year was the eighth year in a row that the Electrical Connection has supported Rebuilding Together. During that time, it has donated $560,000 in labor and material to improve nearly 350 homes for low-income and elderly St. Louisans.

“Rebuilding Together is so much more than just cosmetic work — some of the people we help are living in unhealthy and unsafe conditions. Our members readily volunteer their time, and in some cases when the work is not completed on Rebuilding Together Day, they go back and make sure the project is finished.”

-Marty McClimens, journeyman member, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #562, coordinator of the plumbing portion of Rebuilding Together-St. Louis.

“We fixed a number of dangerous electrical conditions in the homes, including exposed service panels and wire splices, outlets endangered by a water source and not protected by a ground fault interrupter, and a number of nonfunctional fixtures. After making the repairs, we realized these were not just safety issues for low income residents, but hidden dangers for any homeowner that we are frequently called upon to repair. So we decided to post safety tips to our web site.”

-Steve Licari,  IBEW Local One business manager

“I have had the pleasure of speaking at the breakfast that the volunteers from various locals enjoy prior to working on Rebuilding Day for the past several years.  Seeing the hundreds of volunteers who have given up their Saturday to significantly improve the life of someone they don’t know is a great testament to skilled labor’s commitment to making our community a better place to live.  Part of Rebuilding Together’s mission is to allow people to live safely in their homes.  With skilled craftsmen making so many of the repairs, Rebuilding Together – St. Louis is, without a doubt, accomplishing that portion of our mission.”

– Robert Staed, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rebuilding Together-St. Louis