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Repairing Homes, Revitalizing Communities, Rebuilding Lives!

Rebuilding Together Kansas City open RT Store

Rebuilding Together, Inc. (RTI) is one of the largest volunteer organizations in the United States that is focused on transforming the homes and lives of low-income families, seniors, people living with disabilities, and veterans. Formerly known as “Christmas in April,” RTI changed its name in 2000 because many of the affiliates were not rebuilding in April (i.e. Kansas City’s “Christmas in October”). Since its inception back in 1972, it has grown to close to 190 affiliates across the country. The Clay County affiliate began as “Rebuilding Together Liberty,” then changed to “Rebuilding Together Clay County” in 2009 when our service area became county-wide, then changed again to “Rebuilding Together Kansas City” in 2017 when our services grew to also serve Platte and Clinton counties.

The Rebuilding Together store accepts donations of new and used materials, and we encourage anyone to purchase from our store. Our inventory includes modern and vintage building materials, cleaning supplies, tools, hardware, lighting, plumbing fixtures and appliances, as well as some architectural salvage. As an organization based on green principles, we enjoy fostering efforts to recycle, reuse, and re-purpose building materials.

Rebuilding Together Kansas City strives to transform the homes and lives of veterans, low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities. We have two programs that help us to accomplish this mission: Rebuilding Day and Safe at Home.

Rebuilding Day is our annual, one-day rebuilding blitz that utilizes hundreds of volunteers on the first Saturday of October. This is the day when we complete most of our home rehabilitation projects.

Safe at Home is our year-round home safety modification program. Our Project Managers train and supervise Safe at Home Volunteers in completing safety modifications like: installing grab bars, handrails, taller toilets, bathroom assistive devices, accessible showers, modified steps, and wheelchair ramps.