We recently joined a group on a visit to Miami that was heading out into the community with Rebuilding Together to lend a helping hand to a senior homeowner in need.
It was exciting to get to play a small part in their mission -- to be of service to the elderly, people living with disabilities, and military veterans facing difficult times, giving them the chance to remain in their homes by providing much needed repairs.
Over the past 25 years, Rebuilding Together has modified, upgraded, or repaired 150,000 homes, with nearly 100,000 volunteers completing about 10,000 projects each year.
All of these are provided with no charge to the homeowners. Unfortunately, even those impressive numbers leave many people on waiting lists for much needed assistance.
Our group of post 50 volunteers became a precision painting crew for an elderly South Florida woman, a retired nurse who spent her entire life helping others.
Okay, perhaps we weren't quite precision -- or the youngest chicks in the coop -- but we were enthusiastic, and relentless. We split into two teams, and while one tackled the outside, the other took on the interior.
We scrubbed away mold, sanded and scrapped away old chipped paint, and then spread on the new.
We also had a wonderful time meeting and getting to know new friends from all over the country. The conversation, and laughter, flowed every bit as easily as the paint.
Within a matter of hours we had painted nearly the entire house -- it was amazing how much we accomplished! But for us this was just one day, Rebuilding Together is rejuvenating homes -- along with people's lives -- all across America every day.
Their network includes affiliates across 41 states and in the District of Columbia, so a project could be happening right in your neighborhood. To find one, just click here to see if there is a Rebuilding Together chapter near you.
If there are none nearby, they are always in need of donations as well.
We can promise that there is no better feeling than joining helping hands to provide a better place to live for folks who just want to stay in their homes.
David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com
YOUR TURN: Can you believe how much we got done in one day? Have we convinced you to look into Rebuilding Together?