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Stories from our Volunteers

Lynda Shaw

Lynda Shaw has been volunteering with Rebuilding Together St Louis for 5 years. She volunteers with Rebuilding Together St Louis because “It’s a great feeling to be of service”. Continue reading


Gary Tate was the accounting manager for Straub’s Markets where he worked for 38 years. He retired three years ago and has been wearing many hats as a Rebuilding Together St Louis volunteer since then. Continue reading

John Downs

John Downs is one of Rebuilding Together St Louis’ most long standing volunteers and has worked on almost 600 houses. His first Rebuilding Day was in 1995 and he hasn’t missed one since. That’s 16 years! Continue reading

Kevin Howard

Working for a non profit was truly a life changing experience for Kevin Howard. “I have been compelled to help as much as I can ever since.” Continue reading

Mike, close up

Mike Wind’s favorite part of Rebuilding Day is being able to work together with friends and neighbors. Everyone is able to share the experience of helping a homeowner in need. “It’s self satisfaction. It’s knowing that you personally made a difference in someone’s life.” Continue reading

John Wessling

One of the projects John served as a Captain for was a community project in O’Fallon Park in North St. Louis. He supervised volunteers to clean, repair and paint the fountain next to the Boat House. The transformation of the fountain had a huge impact on the revitalization of the park and neighborhood. Continue reading


When Damian Owens and his crew completed the work, the homeowner started crying and was extremely grateful for the time and effort they had donated to her home. This experience encouraged Damien to come back year after year to help older adults in the St. Louis area Continue reading