Rebuilding Together: Bergen County

Rebuilding Together: Bergen County

Rebuilding Together is a safe and healthy housing organization that believes community starts at home. Our core work focuses on critical home repairs and modifications that serve a variety of populations: low-income homeowners, seniors at risk, veterans and military families, families with children, people living with disabilities and victims of disaster. Fifty-five million American (one in five) are living with a disability that creates social and economic barriers.

How do we assist people who are living with a disability or who provide care to someone living with a disability?

*Rebuilding Together can modify a home with critical upgrades to ensure it is adapted to meet daily needs, eliminating hazards that threaten safe and independent living.

*Services include home repairs and safety modifications such as grab bars, shower seats, raised toilets, widened doorways, smoke and CO detectors, transition ramps and adaptive devices for the visually or hearing impaired.

*We can also assist non-profit and community organizations serving those with disabilities by providing accessibility modifications and other improvements to their facilities.

What we do:

Rebuilding Together Bergen County is a non-profit organization that provides critical home repairs, accessibility modifications, fire-safety and energy-efficiency services for low-income homeowners, particularly seniors, people living with disabilities, veterans, and families with children at no cost to recipients of service.

Programs:
National Rebuilding Day:
On the last Saturday in April, hundreds of volunteers provide critical repairs and home modification that make a lasting difference for the individuals and families we help. Volunteer skills range from professional tradespeople to handy DIYers.

Fire Safety:
In partnership with the American Red Cross and the Henry & Marilyn Taub Foundation, Rebuilding Together Bergen County provides and installs 10-year battery smoke alarms, CO-Detectors and fire extinguishers and fire-prevention education for low-income seniors in neighborhoods at greatest risk.

Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding:
After Super storm Sandy, Rebuilding Together Bergen County repairs 81 homes and seven community buildings. As part of Bergen VOAD (Volunteer Organization Active in Disaster), our focus is long-term recovery.

Expansion:
Rebuilding Together Bergen County will become Rebuilding Together North Jersey and broaden in service area, beginning with Paterson in 2016. In addition to our core services mentioned above, we will focus on housing-related community needs including crime prevention, asthma reduction and community revitalization.

How You Can Help:
Volunteer:
*Skilled semi-skilled and non-skilled volunteer provide home repair services for National Rebuilding Day and special projects throughout the year.

*Licensed contractors provide emergency and other home repairs. Materials supplied by Rebuilding Together but we need your time and talents.

* Community members serve on committees or behind the scenes activities such as project selections, fundraising, development, marketing, outreach and expansion.

Donate: Building Material & Tools:
Call (201) 447-8886 to determine suitability of materials or supplies offered.

Financial Support:
Donate securely online at rebuildingtogetherbergen.org or mail you tax-deductible check payable to Rebuilding Together Bergen County to the address at left.

Sponsorship:
Rebuilding Day projects are sponsored by local businesses, faith-based communities, civic organizations and families. Contact our office for more information about the levels and benefits of project sponsorship.

To apply for assistance in Bergen County:

Call (201) 447-8886
Email: Info@RebuildingTogetherBergen.org
Visit: http://www.RebuildingTogetherBergen.org
Write: PO Box 1389, Ridgewood, NJ 07451
Applications accepted May 1st through October 15th

Disclaimer: Since I have not used this service, I can not give my personal opinion either yes or no on how good the service is but please call the above number for more information on the program.

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About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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