Charity of the week
In the 1970s, a civic-minded group from Midland, Texas, saw that homes in their community were falling into disrepair. Homeowners didn’t have the funds to fix them, so the group began offering their skills to repair their neighbors’ houses. This organic effort formalized in 1988 into Rebuilding Together (rebuildingtogether.org), which expanded the mission to giving free home repairs across the nation to the 2.6 million homeowners who live in deteriorating homes. A majority of the repairs have helped improve accessibility and reduce risk of falling for the elderly. Many of them have kept seniors from being forced out of the homes they live in. Since its inception, the charity has renovated more than 200,000 homes and community facilities, and is now active in 39 states.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating. ■
April 12, 2019 THE WEEK