Mission: Rebuilding lives and neighborhoods...making homes safe, warm and dry.
Since 1992, Rebuilding Together OKC has provided critical repairs to over 3,000 homes, 30 nonprofit facilities, and 8 public buildings in the Oklahoma City metro area with the help of 70,000 volunteers. Our mission is responding to a crisis in our country – that of aging housing stock and the growing number of people who, because of age, disability, or lack of resources, live in dilapidated or inaccessible housing. What began as one workday in April has become a year-round mission to provide free repairs and rehabilitate the homes of low-income seniors in our community.
Home by home and block by block, Rebuilding Together OKC transforms lives through the year-round mobilization of 3500+ volunteers fueled by a diverse group of local, corporate, and federal partnerships. In most cases, our work is not an extreme makeover but a focus on improvements that have the biggest impact and keep homeowners safe, warm and dry. By leveraging our relationships with licensed professionals our capacity to provide larger, more holistic repairs has grown exponentially. The past two years Rebuilding Day efforts have focused on 30 homes in a specific neighborhood. This has strengthened our ability to have a far greater and lasting impact on the homeowners we serve through this community revitalization initiative and increase the visibility of our mission.
Substandard housing has a direct effect on our community. This has been measured through Rebuilding Together OKC’s ongoing partnership with OUHSC Occupational Therapy students and internal data collection. Through the rehabilitation of existing homes rather than providing new structures we maintain the culture and integrity of neighborhoods and the long-term members who live in it. Our mission prevents accidents, prolongs lives, reduces insurance claims, restores dignity and maintains independence. Empowering volunteers with home repair knowledge increases the sustainability of our work and mission for all homes to be safe, warm and dry. The connective and interdependent approach to our work has been a consistent part of urban renewal on a large scale.