Help Make Houses into Homes Again

Thank you for your support of Rebuilding Together North Central Florida’s (RTNCF) life changing, and awe-inspiring work.Geneva, one of more than 60 people who applied for services with Rebuilding Together North Central Florida last year, is still anxiously awaiting repairs. We simply didn’t have the resources to help her. The high-spirited 71 year old is the primary caregiver for her 49 year old daughter who is confined to a wheelchair. The two are struggling to get by on limited disability and social security checks. Their daily budgeting decisions are often difficult–medicine or food? Pay the utility bill, or make a long-needed repair to their shared home?
In the midst of these impossible decisions, the ramp they use to get Geneva’s daughter in and out of the home is mossy, slick and slippery. The two have fallen in the past while using it. The siding along the north side of the house is in bad shape. This has led to pest and moisture infiltrations that threaten the family’s health and safety. Perhaps most urgently, the bathroom is in need of repairs that will stop leaks at the toilet. Additionally, the peeling lead-based paint around the window in this room is a major hazard to the family’s health.Rebuilding Together North Central Florida is said to “answer prayers” of homeowners in need, like Geneva and her daughter. Our 12 year history in Alachua County has not only removed the types of hazards threatening Geneva’s family, but created lasting community relationships and bonds. One homeowner described a volunteer team as “coming on like family” to make the repairs that changed her life for the better. Rebuilding Together builds community, makes “houses into homes again,” and brings hope to families that have experienced hardship and despair.We cannot do this work alone. We ask for your help in serving our community.
This year, RTNCF served less than 20% of the applicant families who requested repair because we didn’t have the funds available to do more. Will you join us in this life-changing, hope-restoring work? Will you build community and empower neighbors with us? This winter, we have set a goal of raising $15,000 to continue this work. Click here to make a secure, tax-deductible donation that will help Geneva, and others like her to remain in their homes. We ask for your compassion and generosity. I hope you will join me in giving the gift of health and safety this season.

Community is what we do best, and we are so grateful to have you as part of ours. Together, we can make Alachua County safer and healthier. Thank you for your consideration.

In service,

Bob Costello
Board President