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Yard Cleanup and Deck Replacement cont.

October 16th, 2021

We were back today at the house that we cleaned up the yard a week or so ago. Now that we could see the rotten deck boards, we started replacing them. The problem that we ran into was that the infrastructure was rotten too, so we ended up rebuilding it in spots also. We tore out some old steps and rebuilt them today also. The homeowner is so happy.

Emergency Water Heater Replacement

October 15th, 2021

We did an emergency repair this morning…a disabled senior had a hot water heater that was leaking all over her basement. This all too often leads to mold growing in the home; so we fixed this for her.

Yard Cleanup and Deck Replacement

October 9th, 2021

With the help of the Alpha XI Delta Sorority of SIUE, we got the first part of this project done this morning. Now we can see and replace the unsafe, rotten deck boards. Let me tell you, these young ladies were INCREDIBLE. Check out the amazing work they did cleaning up a senior, disabled woman’s yard. Girl Power.

Huge Project for Local Veteran

October 8th, 2021

Here’s our latest big project with the AMAZING folks from Phillips 66. We received a call from the Veterans Assistance Commission of Madison County, asking if we could help a veteran with an issue he was having with his siding. We try very hard to help our veterans out as much as possible. Here’s some before, during and after pictures.

Labor Day Weekend Projects

September 7th, 2021

We did a few projects on Labor Day weekend…just finished them up this morning. The porch was falling apart to where the homeowner could not receive mail or go in and out the front door. Someone had kicked in the front door and the screen door was torn apart. So we rebuilt the front porch and steps, installed a new front door and locks and also installed a new screen door. These projects turned out great. Thanks to Charles for your help.

Renovations for Stroke Survivor

August 29th, 2021

We finished up a big project today. We built a wheelchair ramp, replaced rotten decking, tore down a swing set and cleaned up the yard. The homeowner recently had a stroke and is confined to a wheelchair. We partnered again with Edwardsville Neighbors in Need and the amazing soldiers at Scott Air Force Base, 375th Civil Engineer Squadron to get this project done. Also, many, many thanks to Larry who was always the first one there and last one to leave – we could not have done these projects without your help.

Home Repairs In Alton, IL

August 12th, 2021

We partnered with the great folks at Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery to do a lot of work in Alton. They installed a new toilet, screen door, 2 ceiling fans, garbage disposal; painted the living room, hallway and bathroom walls and ceilings; tore down and rebuilt a fence and gate; and trimmed the bushes and brush on the property. Amazing amount of work was done by an amazing bunch of folks.

“Our employees rose to the challenge – beating the summer heat to provide GOOD ENERGY to our community! We were pleased to work with Rebuilding Together Southwest Illinois to complete several home renovation projects for a local homeowner in need. We painted, trimmed, weeded, installed appliances, demoed and built a new fence, and more all in one day! We’re proud of our employees and their passion for making a difference in our community. #goodenergy #providingenergyimprovinglives”

-Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery

Fixed Hazardous Stairwell

August 7th, 2021

We helped out a single mother of three with a dangerous situation in her stairwell. We replaced the handrails and installing new banisters, balusters and railings. It turned out nice…Thanks to Rich for your help.

Replaced Lock & Demolished Shed

August 1st, 2021

Ever have one of those days? We started out working on a small project that turned into a bigger project, but the senior homeowner was absolutely thrilled with the result. We installed a new lock set and reinforced a door frame and we ended up tearing down a shed.

Home Repairs For Local Senior Homeowner

July 31st, 2021

It was a busy day today. We had a professional plumber fix a sewage and other water pipe leaks, painted a kitchen, installed a new drop ceiling, installed a new pantry door, installed a new screen door and installed a hand rail for the porch. The senior homeowner was ecstatic with the results.

Wheelchair Ramp

July 26th, 2021

We had some folks come out from Scott Air Force Base to help us build a wheelchair ramp this weekend. It was HOT, let me tell you. These soldiers worked incredibly hard and we made a huge difference to this wheelchair-bound homeowner. He is thrilled beyond description now that he can get in and out of his home safely. Thank you to Lindsey, Nick, Natalia, Anna, Stephane, and so many others. You guys are amazing.

Wheelchair Ramp for Vietnam Veteran

July 21st, 2021

So many people to thank…we just finished up a wheelchair ramp in Alton for a disabled Vietnam Veteran. This was a big job because we had to tear out bushes, remove existing cobblestone walkway and pour a sidewalk for him also. Plus, the unseasonably hot weather has slowed us down. Thanks to all who came out, sweated and helped. The homeowner was thrilled with the results.

New Bathroom Flooring

June 4th, 2021

We had a good start to the weekend…we tore out ceramic tile that was breaking and coming loose and installed new waterproof, vinyl flooring in a single mom’s bathroom today. Thanks to Lowe’s for the funding and thanks to Ricky for all of your hard work.

These quick projects make a world of difference to homeowners. A single mom’s kids were getting their feet pinched and cut by the porcelain tile breaking up, so we took care of that for her.

Safety Walls & Insulation

May 30th, 2021

It is fitting that we finished up a project for a disabled veteran today – Memorial Day weekend. We added insulation to her attic and built two wing walls for safety. She was worried that her grandkids were going to fall through the stairway opening, so we took care of that. Thanks to Lowe’s for the project funding and thank you again to Larry for all of his help.

Wheelchair Ramp in Collinsville, IL

May 24th, 2021

We finished up a wheelchair ramp today in Collinsville…it was a hot one. Thanks to Lowe’s who helped fund this project and special thanks to Anya Covington and her crew…you guys are awesome.

“Lowe’s support is integral in helping to drive the mission of Rebuilding Together forward. Through volunteer work and the donation of rebuilding tools and materials, they have served as a partner with us on our annual Building a Healthy Neighborhood since our inaugural event in 2011. Through Building a Healthy Neighborhood – and working with Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country – Lowe’s Heroes have served as revitalization partners in Denver, Philadelphia, Columbus, Nashville and St. Louis, helping create more prosperous communities and providing safer and healthier homes for residents.”

Power Washing A Porch

May 20th, 2021

We hate to hear of seniors being taken advantage of, so we had to step in and help. It’s not something that we normally do, but she is a previous homeowner who we have helped in the past. Someone was going to charge an 85 year old widow $1,500 to power wash and paint her front porch. Seriously? Stop taking advantage of our seniors. Here’s the pics after power washing, scraping and applying our first coat of paint (non-skid, of course).

“Thank you, Rebuilding Together Southwest Illinois, for helping our seniors! Bravo!”

- Main Street Community Center

Ramp and Soffits

May 1st, 2021

Here’s another project that we’ve been working on for Rebuilding Month. We got rained out on Saturday, but we made pretty good time on Sunday and Monday. The homeowner is 99 years young and still getting around pretty good (for her age).
Squirrels had gotten into the soffit of the homeowner’s house and was making a mess of things. I’m so thankful for the many neighbors and folks that came out from Scott Air Force Base to help out last week and today.
What I like about Rebuilding Together is you are able to meet the nicest folks. A bunch came out from Scott Air Force Base on Sunday to help out with a bunch of smaller projects around the house – cleaning up the brush, painting the windows, painting the shed, hanging a new porch light, building the ramp.

Bathroom Renovation

April 19th, 2021

During April – which is Rebuilding Month – we’ve been working on a bathroom project for a homeowner. The toilet was leaking, so we had to replace the subfloor and flooring, as well as install a new vanity, mirror, lights and a new tub surround. As you can see by the pictures, the wall behind the old tub surround was pretty bad shape, so we had to replace the drywall behind there before we could install the new tub surround. It was a big job that turned out really nice.

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National Rebuilding Day has been postponed due to COVID-19.

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The repair work that was scheduled for the National Rebuilding Day has been postponed due to the COVID-19 that is sweeping across the Nation. When we reschedule, if you’d like to help out in any way, please call 618.960.2440 or email: help@rebuildswi.org to volunteer.

Rebuilding Together Southwest Illinois preserves homeownership for in need families, especially seniors, disabled, and veterans by making essential repairs and modifications at no cost. But none of that is possible without YOU. We need your help with various projects throughout the year. For example, on the last Saturday in April, volunteers commit one 8-hour day to make life-changing repairs for a joyous homeowner at our National Rebuilding Day. Due to the incredible ongoing need in our community, National Rebuilding Day is now spread out throughout the year.

And if hammers and paint aren’t your passion, we are also always looking for talented, enthusiastic people to help further the mission of the organization through project planning, social media support, administrative support, fundraising along with many other needs.

Please contact us at 618.960.2440 or email: help@rebuildswi.org if you have any questions.