On Friday, September 14th the team from the Center for Financial Planning came out to Curtis Simpson’s house in Southfield to help make some repairs on his home. They were a great team, everyone worked hard and got along great with Curtis, who was an incredibly kind and friendly man.
The scope of the work largely focused on the outside of the house, with various teams focusing on projects like building a retaining wall on the outside of the house. Others power washed the siding and replaced part of the siding that was missing in the rear of the house. A couple of particularly handy volunteers fixed the rear storm door and repaired the deck in the rear of the house.
On the inside of the house, a team was put to work on painting the rear room of the Simpson household. They did a wonderful job, being very careful not to get any paint on the floor. The whole team was filled with willing and able volunteers, eager to help in any way they could.
When all of the work on the outside was complete, Curtis came out and immediately said: “this isn’t my house, this is somebody else’s house.” He was elated with the work that the volunteers did that day, and was so grateful for everything that they did. We want to extend a huge thank you to the Center for Financial Planning team, they really did an excellent job on Curtis’ house. And, of course, we thank Curtis for welcoming us into his home and allowing us to help him.
We had a great time with Hope Community Church this past weekend, helping out three homeowners in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood of Detroit, Ralph and Nicola on Friday and LaTina on Saturday. This was a particularly exciting weekend for us as it marked not only our first project in Jefferson-Chalmers but Detroit as a whole. And if our time there this past weekend is any indication of our future in Detroit, it is safe to say that things are looking bright.
On August 10th, volunteers from Barton Malow gathered at a home in Southfield to help out a member of their community, Alfonso. We were so excited to be working with Barton Malow for the first time, with them helping out as a part of their Community Week. The majority of the work done that day was on the inside of the home, helping Alfonso have a safe and healthy home to live in. It was a busy day for the volunteers, as they replaced the hot water heater, installed new kitchen flooring, put in a new sink and painted the living room walls and ceilings. In addition to the work done by our wonderful volunteers, a professional plumber came to Alfonso’s house the next day to fix a shut-off valve that had been broken.
On October 11, 2017, Plex Systems employees came together to help Everlina, a homeowner in Oak Park, rebuild her home. Despite the torrential downpours that day, the volunteers came ready to complete the work scope which included cleaning the gutters, re-grading the sides of the home with dirt and grass seeds, cutting down backyard foliage, installing new handles on the back door, putting down concrete in the cracks in the driveway and front pathway, installing railing at the back steps, installing new plumbing fixtures and fixing the lighting in the kitchen.
In May, Delphi Technologies volunteers worked on two homes, one on May 10th and the other on May 18th. On May 10th, volunteers served Steven Haley, a Madison Heights homeowner with a disability and also of extremely low income. The repairs on his home included carpet replacement and removal, painting the walls and ceiling in various rooms, bathroom repairs, fixing the garage door and painting it, repairing plumbing in the kitchen and other kitchen repairs. After two days of repairs, the Delphi volunteers went and volunteered at a home in Pontiac.
On April 28th, Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan had our annual rebuild blitz day called National Rebuild Day. Many Rebuilding Together affiliates participate on this day, blitz renovating many homes in their respective areas. The day started when, in 1971, a group of neighbors in Texas saw one of their own struggling to keep up with the maintenance on their home. They came together and performed many repairs on their neighbor’s home, calling it Christmas in April. Afterward, the neighbors formed a group after the same name and many years later, changed their name to Rebuilding Together, to reflect the many kinds of neighbors that participate.
On October 21st,2017 Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan helped a nonprofit organization that provides a sanctuary for women survivors of human trafficking called Sanctum House. Together, there was a total overhaul of the new facility that offers a much needed safe space in the world.
Sanctum House was founded in 2017 to empower survivors of human trafficking with life skills to achieve a sustainable and independent lifestyle. Their founder Edee Franklin and Board member Christina Alvaro met with Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan Board and staff to ask if we could assist them in preparing their new building to open as a safehouse.
On October 28, Cricket Wireless volunteers gathered at the Cass Community Social Services building in Detroit to help refurbish their gym. After gathering inside, the group started their work, with the majority working in the gym. Volunteers worked on cleaning dust off the gym pads, behind the grated windows and floors. When they finished cleaning up around the gym, the volunteers started on the walls, using ladders, paintbrushes and rollers with extension rods to reach the high walls above the padding.
On May 10th and 11th, volunteers from Eaton Corporation worked at the Bedford Woods Park in Southfield. Volunteers gathered early in the brisk morning to huddle and to go over the work scope to rebuild this wonderful park. On the first day, volunteers broke off after the huddle, separating themselves into three teams.