Meet Ray Perhus one of our Amazing Volunteer’s

Ray began a relationship with Rebuilding Together Fargo- Moorhead Area in October of 2013. A coworker of his was involved with the organization, interested in giving back to the community Ray asked for more information . After researching RTFMA’s mission he felt it would be good fit. Ray already possessed a background in construction and saw us as a good way to  put those skills to use helping low –income homeowners  in his community. Ray has helped on several projects over the last three years including repairing a deck and landing, repairing gutters, tub repair, and installing handrails. With a busy life and career Ray finds volunteering with Rebuilding Together a perfect fit, he is able to improve the lives of others and sqeeze it in to his busy schedule. In appreciation of his generosity and support for our mission Ray was awarded a 2016 “Builders Award” at our Nov 8th Building Change Breakfast! THANK FOR ALL YOU DO RAY!!

Meet Our Board President and Founding Member Tom Newberger

 

Tom became involved with Rebuilding Together before it was even a local organization.  He has known Russ Richards (our executive director) for years. While Russ was working for Habitat for Humanity, the two started brainstorming on how to keep people in their homes rather than building them new ones.   Many discussions where held while kayaking and over lunches.  Russ did some research and found Rebuilding Together.  In 2010 they  processed all the paper work with the IRS and State of North Dakota to become a legal entity.  They raised funds, assembled the Board of Directors, worked on many projects together, and really got the organization off the ground.  During this time frame, few funds were available and all the money RT had went to projects to support people and to keep them in their homes.  No pay was given to Russ at first.  Through Russ’s contacts and commitment Rebuilding Together today has three staff, many volunteers, and has kept over 120 area residents in their homes by making them livable.  The impact we have on people’s lives is huge and we need to keep expanding our services ; too many people in the Fargo-Moorhead area and beyond need our help.

 

December Work Bench

The holiday season is a time to spend with family and friends, counting our blessings in the warmth and comfort of our homes. Unfortunately for many of the people we serve this time of year warmth and comfort are almost impossible to obtain. A family in Moorhead is just one example of the needs we see in our community.

A single mom of three young children came to us this summer hoping we could help her make critical repairs to her mobile home.  After being homeless for three months in 2015 she managed to scrap together the funds to purchase an older mobile home in attempts to provide for her kids. She suffered a potentially disabling injury shortly after purchasing the home that was then compounded through injuries inflicted by her estranged husband.  With the help of “Masters Heart Ministry’s” the most critical and dangerous repairs were made. However the roof she so badly needed was placed on hold until a wonderful house sponsor stepped up  “Bethel Church”.  Unfortunately when assessing the property and preparing to get the roof completed it was determined the mobile home was in such disrepair it was not worth fixing.   Rebuilding Together entered into the mobile home buying business; we were able to purchase a small home in much better condition. The new house still needs minor repairs and we would like to  demolish the old home to ensure it is not sold to another unsuspecting family in the future. WE NEED YOUR HELP  to make those repairs and  to continue to give our neighbors in the FM community a hand up! Help us  create a safe and healthy home for this family  for 2017!

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RTFMA News:

RTFMA  transformed the live of  26 area homeowners in 2016. We are now working hard to increase this impact in 2017 . “ Claws for a Cause” planning is in full swing  Mark the date , 3-7-17 and order tickets now . A new development team had their first meeting on December 7th and will be a wonderful asset to the organization. If you are interested in making a difference in  the lives of others  by giving back of your time call  Lisa at  find out about our many volunteer opportunities in 2017 701-356-7836.

A Big Thank You To!

  • The Consensus Counsel and Bush Foundation for a $10,000  community innovation grant !
  • Jeff’s Plumbing  for their generous end of the year Foundation Builder gift!
  • The Iseminger children in honor of their parents, Gordon and Trudy  Iseminger for their generous end of the year Foundation Builder gift matched by Sammons Financial Group!
  • Our Amazing donors, volunteers, and partners who helped transform the lives of their neighbors in the Fargo-Moorhead community in 2016!!!!
  • Sammons Financial Group for their commitment to another year of giving back to Veterans in our community for 2017!

 

 

 

Thank You! the Consensus Counsel and Bush Foundation

                                       

Rebuilding Together Fargo-Moorhead Area has received a $10,000 Community Innovation Grant from the Consensus Council in Partnership with the Bush Foundation  to transform the lives and homes of area residents. The community innovation grant will allow Rebuilding Together to educate our community on the issues surrounding safe, healthy, and affordable housing . Thank You!!