What's Going On with Rebuilding Together Indianapolis

January 11, 2018

What a wonderful year of accomplishments it has been for Rebuilding Together Indianapolis! We have been hard at work engaging new board members and recruiting even more to lead the cause in 2018. Long time board member Bill Davis graciously stepped into the Executive Director’s role and replaced the “difficult shoes to fill” of Vicki Perkins who for years tirelessly worked to uphold our mission of delivering a sustainable impact on every home and life that we touched.

The Rebuilding Together Indianapolis Board of Directors updated our strategic plan to include four primary objectives:

  1. Further defining roles and responsibilities of our board, staff and committees.
     

  2. Upgrading our branding and mes...

October 30, 2017

Each year for the past 10 years the Indianapolis Colts have built playgrounds around the Greater Indianapolis area, all of which have been constructed in underserved areas of the city.  In 2011 the Colts added Rebuilding Together Indianapolis as a partner to increase the impact of the project by improving the space with landscaping, painting, and other beautification elements.

This year, a new playground was built at Jonathan Jennings School # 109.  Rebuilding Together Indianapolis’ contribution to the project included: directing over 100 volunteers in reconstructing benches and a blackboard for an outdoor classroom, trimming, weeding and mulching around school property, repainting of games on the school...

January 4, 2017

Back in August 2016, at the corner of East 23rd Street and North Arsenal Avenue, rests the family home of Lewis Morris, a veteran of the Marines. Morris had been homeless for some time when City Contractor, Tony Roberts, wandered over to the home one morning where he found Morris asleep in the backyard.
 

Even though the house was rundown and dilapidated, Morris found himself returning to his childhood downtown home where he would sleep in the backyard. He simply wanted to be close to the only place that has ever felt like home. After having a conversation with Morris and realizing Morris' last name matched the home's previous owner, Roberts wanted to do something to help him out.

Veterans make up roughly...

November 28, 2016

“A safe and healthy home for every person.” Rebuilding Together Indianapolis (RTI) recently received a National Conference Scholarship, awarded by the Rebuilding Together National Association. This opportunity supported the participation of two local board members at the National Conference, which allowed them to expand their knowledge of Rebuilding Together best practices across the country.

RTI President, David Werking of ERMCO, Inc. and Past President Bill Davis of Key Bank attended. David commented, “Attending the national conference is a big part of the local board’s commitment to assuring that we are putting forth the best possible program in striving to meet the expectations of our community, spons...

September 20, 2016

More than 150 volunteers from the Indianapolis Colts, IPS School 114, Lucas Oil Products, Ingredion Incorporated, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, IPL and Republic Services will join with Rebuilding Together Indianapolis and Sinclair Recreation on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, to build a new, safe playground at Paul I Miller School 114. This is the ninth consecutive year the Colts have worked with their partners to build a playground in Central Indiana. Colts players, as well as Colts Cheerleaders and Colts employees will be on hand to help with the event.

The new playground will provide students at School 114 and neighborhood children with a safe and fun recreational space. In addition to the playground bui...

April 21, 2016

 

The City County Council recognized Rebuilding Together Indianapolis for its commitment to Indianapolis neighborhood revitalization.  Bill Davis, Craig Jackson and John Griffin accepted the award on behalf of Rebuilding Together Indianapolis. The council thanked Rebuilding Together Indianapolis for their continued commitment to improving our city by strengthening our neighborhoods on home at a time.

 

Ironically, at the same meeting, the Council endorsed naming the new Transit Center after former Congresswoman Julia Carson.  Bill Davis commented that it seemed appropriate because Julia was a long standing supporting of Rebuilding Together Indianapolis and strengthening the core of our city with grass roots...

February 26, 2016

Phil Votaw, Executive Director of the Westside Community Development Corporation (WCDC) feels the excitement amplifying as we approach the 2016 Game Day for Rebuilding Together Indianapolis. On Saturday, April 30th hundreds of volunteers will converge on the Haughville area to transform the lives of 15 low-income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly or disabled, by improving the safety and health of their homes. This one-day work blitz will build upon the success of the 2010 Rebuilding Together program in the same neighborhood.

 

Votaw has been with the WCDC since1992 and has been Executive Director for the past four and a half years. He said, “I appreciate the opportunity to repeat this life-alt...

January 20, 2016

For more than 13 years, Rebuilding Together Indianapolis and IPL have worked alongside one another to improve Indianapolis neighborhoods. Greg Fennig, Vice President of Public Affairs for IPL and Rebuilding Together Past President shares that Rebuilding Together greatly aligns with IPL’s community outreach vision.  “Rebuilding Together is the best at organizing volunteers to help those most in need remain in their homes.  They really are building the backbone of strong Indianapolis neighborhoods”, Fennig stated.

 

IPL has a long history of commitment to strengthening neighborhoods and was an early supporter of Rebuilding Together Indianapolis.  “Through research with IPL personnel, we know there is a...

January 6, 2016

The mission of Rebuilding Together Indianapolis is to enhance the lives of low-income and elderly homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing their communities.  Each year, we work with the selected neighborhood Community Development Corporation to select homeowners meeting the criteria to be part of our program.  In an effort to create a streamlined process, we assign each homeowner a House Captain.  We are searching for community leaders interested in joining us as House Captains to deliver this program successfully.

 

As House Captain, you will work hand-in-hand with our Captain Chairman and committee to finalize the details of the improvement scope and materi...

November 11, 2015

As we celebrate Veterans Day across this great nation, Rebuilding Together Indianapolis took a moment to utilize our time and talents to help a veteran right here at home in Indianapolis.  On Friday, November 6th, our friends at Fifth Third Bank joined forces with us to create a team to rehabilitate the home of a Hoosier veteran, Tyrone.  Tyone is an Indianapolis native who served 10 years in the U.S. Army National Guard. He completed deployments in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars before being forced to retire due to his injuries. 

 

Tyrone's home required several significant updates, including a new heating and cooling system, redisign of an outdated kitchen and painting and floor repairs. More th...

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