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News Release
Sunday, September 09, 2012

Rebuilding Together – Houston Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Organization to commemorate 2 million hours of volunteer service

HOUSTON — Since its inception, Rebuilding Together – Houston (RT - H) and its volunteers have helped provide much needed repair to over 6,000 homes of low-income families across Houston. Over the past three decades, RT - H has invested $55 million in local communities, mobilizing 115,000 volunteers who have provided approximately 2 million hours of service to the community.

On September 10, 2012, RT - H will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a "Partners in Progress" luncheon at the Junior League of Houston to honor the dedication and support of its volunteers, partners and sponsors. Rebuilding Together National President and CEO, Gary Officer— along with city, county and state government officials— will attend. Robert Mosbacher, Jr., Founder of Rebuilding Together – Houston, will deliver the keynote address.

“I am extraordinarily proud of all that Rebuilding Together – Houston has accomplished over the past 30 years, and I am equally excited about the opportunities for growth in the future,” Mosbacher said.  “We could not have done it without the wonderful community of supporters and volunteers who have advanced our mission to help improve the quality of life for others within their homes.”

RT - H's notable accomplishments are a result of the commitment of its volunteers, who put in approximately 75,000 hours a year to improve the homes of deserving homeowners throughout Houston. Highlights of the 30th anniversary celebration will include a ceremony to honor recipients of the Chairman's Distinguished Volunteer Service Award:

  • Dr. Kirk Lewis, Superintendent of Pasadena ISD
  • Brian Liczwek, District Manager for The Home Depot
  • Linda Merritt, Public Affairs Manager at Reliant

These award recipients have made significant contributions to the mission of Rebuilding Together - Houston through leadership, dedication and service. They have also been invaluable in providing dozens of volunteers and completing over 100 home projects through their respective organizations.

At the event, RT - H will also launch its vision for the future, "A Safe and Healthy Home for Every Person."

“Every year, our employees enthusiastically respond to volunteer opportunities with Rebuilding Together – Houston,” said Reliant President Jason Few. “We’re proud to support an organization that helps seniors to remain independent and comfortable in their own homes and that promotes a safe, healthy environment for the community.”

Averaging 5,000 volunteers a year, RT - H repaired 321 Houston homes in 2011 alone. Each year, hundreds of sponsored volunteer crews from area corporations, faith-based organizations and high schools come together to make critical upgrades and refurbishments to improve the condition of homes—from replacing siding, repairing windows, and installing exterior doors with peep holes and security locks to constructing wheelchair ramps—providing homeowners an environment that is safe, warm and dry.

“Rebuilding Together – Houston not only benefits homeowners with necessary upgrades who can no longer physically or financially keep up with their homes, many of them widows, but also offers volunteers the opportunity to be good neighbors,” said Jennifer Touchet, Executive Director of RT - H. “It provides a wonderful experience that builds camaraderie amongst corporate teams and students and gives them the satisfaction of restoring someone’s home and renewing community pride.”

Celebration highlights will include a video tribute capturing the essence of RT - H’s community engagement and featuring a congratulatory message from Mayor Annise Parker.  The event will conclude with an introduction of the next generation of supporters and partners, launching another 30 years with a larger vision of continuance service and growth.

About Rebuilding Together–Houston (RT-H): Rebuilding Together – Houston (RT - H) is Harris County’s largest volunteer-based community outreach organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods.  RT - H provides home repair and renovation services at no cost to income-qualified homeowners in need, such as the elderly, individuals with disabilities, veterans and people impacted by natural disasters.  Since its inception in 1982, RT - H has invested over $55 million dollars in Houston’s oldest neighborhoods and has completed over 6,000 exterior home repair projects with over 115,000 volunteers from Houston’s corporate and faith-based communities and schools. Rebuilding Together – Houston is part of the national network, Rebuilding Together. 

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