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                                                                                                                                                                                                         News from Rebuilding Together North Central Florida • WINTER 2008
                                                                                                                     Rebuilding Together this year. You
                  500 Volunteers                                                                                     can rest assured that your gift will

             1 Historic Community
                                                                                                                     keep on giving.                        IN THIS ISSUE                                Upcoming- 2009 National Rebuilding Day:
                                                                                                                     January 29- February 1, 2009
               1 Amazing Day                                                                                         Kick Off to Rebuild –Be on the
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                                                                                                                                                            Director’s Message
                                                                                                                                                            Holiday Gift Ideas
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Repairing Homes, Improving Lives
Join Rebuilding Together for the 14th annual Kickoff to                                                              RT National as you enjoy the Super                                                  On April 25, 2009– more than 8,000 homes              •      Volunteer as a House Captain.
Rebuild. This year, the events will be hosted by Florida                                                                                                    National News- Kick Off to Rebuild
                                                                                                                     Bowl this year.                                                                     and community centers across the country                     RTNCF is in need of skilled site-
affiliate Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay (RTTB) on a                                                                                                         Board of Directors                           will be painted, repaired, weatherized and                   leaders to help plan construction and
supersized scale aimed at revitalizing historic West                                                                 March 2009                             Upcoming Events                              rehabbed as a part of National Rebuilding                    manage volunteers for the day of
Tampa. The projects in partnership with the NFL                                                                      CWC volunteer energy auditor           Spotlight on Projects                        Day!                                                         rebuilding.
celebrate Rebuilding Together's work of preserving                                                                   training. Specific dates TBA. If                                                                                                                 Provide food for a worksite.
                                                                                                                                                            Thanks to Sponsors & Donors                  Here in Gainesville, Rebuilding Together              •
affordable homeownership and revitalizing communities.                                                               interested, please contact:                                                                                                               •      Help with publicity for the event.
                                                                                                                                                            Community Programs                           North Central Florida (RTNCF) will also be
This year, over 500 community volunteers including                                                                                                                                                                             And many other ways…
                                                                                                                                                            Local Statistics                             repairing homes for families in need with             •
superstars of the NFL will volunteer to provide free
                                                                                                                     March 7, 2009                                                                       the help and generous support of local
home repairs and renovations that embrace energy                                                                                                                                                                                                               Please contact us for more information, and
                                                                                                                     Home Buyer’s Educational Clinic                                                     sponsors and volunteers.
efficiency and healthy housing principles.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     stay tuned for updates on projects.
                                                                                                                     Brought to you by the Alachua          VISION                                       In our own version of Extreme Home
Celebrate with us at a weekend of festivities praising the commitment of our volunteers                              County Affordable Housing
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Makeover, RTNCF will complete all repairs
and sponsors in enabling Rebuilding Together and the NFL to make a difference in West                                Coalition. 9am-2pm- Best Western,      “A safe and healthy home for every           in one day– but change lives forever.
Tampa.                                                                                                               Gainesville. Serious home buyers       person.”
• VIP event on Thursday, January 29th                                                                                contact: GRU Conservation                                                           Join us! Don’t miss out on the opportunity
• Rebuilding BLITZ on Friday, January 30th in West Tampa                                                             Services (352)393-1495 or                                                           to be a part of this special day. There are a
• Community Block Party following the work day                                                                                   OUR MISSION                                  few ways you can get involved:

                                                                                                                     April 25, 2009                         “Bringing volunteers and communities         •     Become a project sponsor. Your
Rebuilding Together is proud to partner with the NFL, Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay
                                                                                                                     National Rebuilding Day- Reach         together to improve the homes and lives            company or group can sponsor a family
and local and national sponsors.
                                                                                                                     out to the community. Join this        of homeowners in need.”                            in need. This is a great way to
Join us this year at the Super Bowl to Make a Difference Now. For more information on                                nation-wide event as a Project                                                            strengthen the community within your
Rebuilding Together national initiatives, visit or the local                              Sponsor or volunteer. Please           PURPOSE                                            own organization while creating a
Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay Web site at For Sponsorship information                                  contact Melisa at:                                                                        noticeable change in Alachua County.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Gainesville work
contact Brian Annis at or 202-483-9083.                                             Rebuilding Together NCF is a home                                                                      hard to install a new doorway for a family in need.
                                                                                                                                                            repair organization dedicated to
                                                                                                                                                            addressing the substandard housing needs
Thank You, Sponsors and Donors:                                                                                                                             in North Central Florida. We strive to
                                                                                                                                                            increase safety, security and wellbeing
                                                                                                                                                                                                             The Perfect Gifts for the Holiday Season
Laborer ($1-$99)                        Satchel Ray                                          In-Kind Donors:                                                for low-income residents by providing a
Network For Good
John and Patsy Detweiler
                                        Michael Jarrell
                                        Don Close
                                                                                             A Turner moving and storage
                                                                                             Alachua Elementary
                                                                                                                                                            tangible place for volunteers to get                                                                                   gi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This year, give a gift that keeps on giving…
Dorthy Farr                             Jim and Jane McMullen                                Appalachia Service Project                                     involved in rebuilding efforts.
Linda Gardner                           Richard and Irene Wright                             Barbara Miller                                                                                                                                   Donate in honor or in memory of a loved one.
                                                                                                                                                            Volunteers of all skill levels are trained
Pamela Lore                             Jocelynn Corp.                                       Bill Nettleton                                                                                                                                   Give a dedicated donation to Rebuilding Together NCF and
Danielle Collins                        Regions Bank                                         Bob Costello                                                   to help meet significant housing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              we will send a certificate in honor of the recipient. Your
Harpe & Associates Inc.                                                                      Boulevard Plaza                                                requirements in the area. Home repair
David and Deborah Prikle                Carpenter ($500-$999)                                Catarina Soares                                                                                                                                  donation is a meaningful gift and will also bless families in
Melisa Miller                           Brian Hickey                                         Charles Perry Construction                                     allows low-income residents to remain in
Faith United Methodist Church           Ward & Gina Simonton                                 Coca-Cola Bottling Company                                     their homes and communities, giving
Beverly Magee                           Dining for a Cause                                   Dave and Toni Cusick
Lea Arena                                                                                    ERA Trend Realty
                                                                                                                                                            them a firm foundation for continuing a                                           Shop through GoodShop.
Christine Clark                         Builder ($1,000-$4,999)                              Florida Concrete Recycling                                     successful life.                                                                  Planning to shop online? Go to It’s
Richard and Glenda Cain                 Roger & Beth Haines                                  Home Alone Designs
Carol and Sharon Miller                 Bill & Betty Sampson                                 I-75 Business Park & Self Storage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              easy to use. Designate “Rebuilding Together North Central
Wendell Porter                          Bob and Cathy Costello                               Leon Wetherington                                                                                                                                Florida” as your charity of choice, then click on the store of
Ramona Chance                           Wayne and Penny Archer                               Martha League                                                                                                                                    your choice. A percentage of your purchase will
                                        Leon and Marilyn Wetherington                        McCallum Cabinets Inc.                                         HOW TO CONTACT US
Apprentice ($100-$499)                                                                       Melissa Weber                                                                                                                                    automatically be donated to Rebuilding Together. There
Bruce and Susan Crosson                 Anonymous Donor- $50,000                             Michael Pellett                                                                                                                                  are hundreds of stores to choose from- including Best Buy,
Gainesville Health and Fitness Center                                                        Ringwood Family                                                Rebuilding Together NCF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Gap, Amazon, Sears and even Ebay. It is the easiest
Reginald Howard
Hazel Jones
                                        National Rebuilding Day
                                        Project Sponsors ($5,000 +)
                                                                                             Rotary Club of Gainesville
                                                                                             Santa Fe Community College
                                                                                                                                                            4550 SW 41st Boulevard- Suite 2                                                   donation you will ever give.
Carol Barron                            Charles Perry Construction                           Satchel’s Pizza                                                Gainesville, FL 32608
Suntrust Bank                           A Family Foundation (anonymous)                      Six-Six media                                                                                                   Each dollar donated equals $4 of repairs.
Tony and Lynn Domenech                  Gainesville Alachua County Association of Realtors   Stephen Fuller
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Your money goes far with Rebuilding Together. We take seriously the trust that our donors and
United Natural Foods
East Coast Endodontics Inc.
                                        Multiple Listing Service (MLS)
                                        Gainesville Jaycees
                                                                                             The Crom Corporation
                                                                                             The GIN System
                                                                                                                                                            352.692.4973                                     supporters confer upon us, and remain committed to using our resources in the most responsible
Lilio Alvarez                                                                                Trinity United Methodist                                                 manner. Rebuilding Together is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
Robert and Mary Ann Mooney                                                                   Wesley Hoy
Director’s Message
                                             Spotlight On Projects:                                                                              Local News:

                                             A New Independence                                                                                  Energy Efficiency for Residents in Need
                                                                                                                                                 Energy efficient repairs can help preserve         A number of community participants have        Board of Directors
                                                                                                                                                 affordable homeownership for those in need         partnered to make the CWC a success.
                                             One homeowner this fall was given a gift         “She is a wonderful woman,” says Executive
                                                                                                                                                 by lowering the burden of utility costs.           These partners include: * Gainesville          OFFICERS
                                             that most of us take for granted-                Director, Melisa Miller “and a joy to work for.”
                                                                                                                                                 Rebuilding Together NCF is proud to be a           Regional Utilities * Rebuilding Together
                                             independence in her home. She has lived                                                             partner in the Community Weatherization            NCF * Neighborhood Housing and
                                             in Gainesville her whole life, raised two                                                           Coalition (CWC). The CWC is a grassroots           Development Corporation (NHDC) *               President
                                             adopted children along with her own and                                                             community coalition focused on improving           Central Florida Community Action               Bob Costello
Lately, I have been getting a lot of         worked at Tacachale for 21 years before                                                             weatherization and energy efficiency for           Agency (CFCAA) * ACTION Network                RETIRED ATTORNEY
comments about current economic              retiring. She is now bound to a wheelchair                                                          low-income households through education            and the faith based community * Alachua        Secretary
difficulties. These comments are usually     as a double-leg amputee due to                                                                      and volunteer work projects.                       County Community Support Services *            Leah Winter
coupled with sympathy about how much         complications with diabetes. However,                                                                                                                  Gainesville Community Ministries *United       REGISTERED NURSE
harder it must be for Rebuilding             this does not keep her spirits down; she is                                                         One of the big efforts of the coalition is to                                                     Care Tenders Home Health Services
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Church of Gainesville * East Gainesville
Together to fill the need while affordable   an exuberant and cheerful woman.                                                                    involve volunteers in decreasing utility           Development Corporation * and many             Treasurer
housing is in crisis. We are clearly on a                                                                                                        consumption throughout the community.              individuals *                                  Andrea Newman
bumpy road, but I am hopeful for the          “Before the repairs, I                                                                             Volunteers are trained to perform
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT
next year. I am hopeful because of the                                                                                                           comprehensive energy audits on homes.
generosity I have seen in volunteers,          wasn’t able to get around                                                                         Auditors also educate residents on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   James Moore and Company
donors and homeowners over the last            in my home- everything                                                                            behavioral changes to conserve resources
year. It seems that as times get harder,                                                                                                         and are able to complete some of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   BOARD MEMBERS
neighbors emerge in awe-inspiring ways.        was tight. But, now… I
                                                                                                                                                 recommended energy saving measures at
A few weeks ago, a licensed plumber            can do my own cooking; I                                                                          the home.                                                                                         Jim Brandenburg
called our office. He had been laid off
from work, but wasn’t calling with repair      can do everything for                                                                                                                                                                               PRINCIPAL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Alachua Elementary School
needs. Instead he wanted to volunteer          myself. Now I am more                       Many modifications were needed to make                Did you know…
his expertise to help others during his
lack in work. That same week, I received       independent. Thank you,                     the home safe and accessible. We had our              Appliances in standby mode                                                                        Ann Goodman
                                                                                           work cut out for us.                                                                                                                                    PHYSICAL EDUCATION
a call from a woman who was without            Rebuilding Together.”                                                                              still use energy. Unplugging                                                                     Sidney Lanier School
water due to a leak that caused a $600
water bill. The plumber was able to                                        -Homeowner      After much hard work, the volunteers                   your computer monitor or                                                                         John Kish
                                                                                           were able to complete the modifications
repair the leak and get water running to     When we first met this homeowner, there       that would make life much easier.                      TV when not in use can save                                                                      GENERAL CONTRACTOR
the house again. The homeowner was           were a number of obstacles that were                                                                                                                                                                  Kish Construction
ecstatic. She said she had been sent an                                                    Custom-made cabinets and counters were
                                                                                                                                                  an average of $190 a year!
                                             making life at home difficult to manage.
angel to fix her plumbing. The holidays      She lived alone and found everyday tasks      installed that are easily accessible from a                                                                                                             Martha League
                                                                                                                                                                                                    The CWC will be training a new class of        FACULTY MEMBER
would have been a lot harder without         to be onerous at best. She was unable to      wheelchair. The laundry room floor was                This fall, the coalition trained 24 new
running water.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    auditors in March 2009. If you are             University of Florida, Special Education
                                             access the laundry room because of            raised and appliances were re-arranged so             auditors. These dedicated volunteers are           interested in volunteering or want more
I have hope because of smiles on             differing floor heights. She couldn’t reach   the homeowner is now able to do her own               now equipped to help make a significant            information, please contact Rachael at our     Ryan Murphy
volunteers’ faces, thank you cards from      certain cabinets or the freezer door on top   laundry. A new doorway and a handicap                 impact on the energy consumption of local          office or        ESTIMATOR
homeowners, and the simple peace             of the refrigerator. She was unable to        accessible commode were installed in the              homeowners.                                                                                       PPI Construction Management, Inc.
there is when a family calls to let us       access the commode due to space               bathroom. And a new side-by-side
                                             restrictions in the bathroom and had been     refrigerator was installed, so storing                                                                                                                  Greta Rice
know that life is better because of our                                                                                                                                                                                                            SALES MANAGER
efforts. There will always be challenges.    using a bed pan for 3 years. It seemed        frozen food will no longer be a chore.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Tioga Realty
Some days I am overwhelmed by the list       like everywhere you looked, there was a                                                                Local Statistics- Impact 2008
of homes waiting for repairs. But, the
                                                                                           It’s the little things… Due to some astute
                                             new challenge for this wheelchair bound                                                                                                                                                               David Treleven
good thing is- Rebuilding Together is                                                      volunteers, this resident is also able to
                                             woman. Needless to say, independence                                                                                                                                                                  MASTERS STUDENT
here through the tough times- and I feel                                                   save more energy because all her light                   • 23 Homes Repaired, 24 Energy Audits Completed. From your community: 66                       Rinker School of Building Construction
                                             seemed impossible to this resident.
lucky to be a part of the solution. With                                                   switches, thermostat and fan pull-chains                   family members impacted; 47 women; 19 men; 12 children; 15 disabled, 3 veterans.             University of Florida
your help, we can fill the need and                                                        are now at a height that is accessible from
continue making a meaningful impact in                                                     her height. Volunteers also installed a                  • Type of Repairs: 3 homes painted; 4 plumbing repairs; 5 ramps built; 1 sink                  Leon Wetherington
our community- one house at a time.                                                        slanted mirror above her stove so she can                  installed; 3 sets of stairs built; 2 doors installed; 5 floors replaced; 1 drainage ditch;   RETIRED PROFESSOR
Thank you for your support. Have a                                                         see when pots are boiling on the back                      3 grab-bars installed; 4 ceiling fans installed; 1 kitchen replaced; 7 homes with            Rinker School of Building Construction
wonderful holiday.                                                                         burners.                                                   modifications for disabled; 27 homes with energy efficiency improvements.                    University of Florida

                                                                                                                                                    • 14.5% of people living in Alachua County live below the poverty line. There                  STAFF
                                                                                           The grateful homeowner says that the
                                                                                                                                                      are an estimated 7,500 homes classified as “substandard” in Alachua County. The
                                                                                           repairs have truly changed her life and
                                                                                                                                                      average yearly income of households serviced by RTNCF in 2008 is $18,112.                    Melisa Miller
                                                                                           that the volunteers made her feel included
                                                                                           in all the work days.                                                                                                                                   EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
                                                                                                                                                    • Rebuilding Together North Central Florida facilitated: 323 volunteers with
Melisa L. Miller
                                                                                                                                                      over 1,874 hours of service, giving the equivalent of $142,450 worth of project              Amanda Cusick
Executive Director
                                                                                                                                                      value on homes in Alachua County.                                                            OFFICE ASSISTANT

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