We completed 82 sites - 72 homes and 10 nonprofit facilities
We had a total of 792 volunteers who worked a total of 4,789 hours
We served 156 families/individuals who fell into one or more of these categories:
65 and older - 25%
19-64 years - 49%
Children under 19 - 25%
Average age of homeowner - 60
Average years in home - 20
Disabled - 49%
Average annual income - $21,000
Since our inception in 2003 we have completed 469 projects and served 871 people.
Rebuilding Together Receives Donation from Saratoga Builders Association
RTSC was presented with a check for $42,000 from the Saratoga Builders Association. RTSC partners with the Showcase of Homes through the support of over 300 Rebuilding volunteers who staff the homes during the three weekend event. This years event was a huge success and we are grateful to the SBA for their continued support of RTSC in making a difference in our community.
Pictured left to right:Barry Potoker, Executive Director Saratoga Builders Association; Tammy DiCara, Board VP Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Washington and Warren Counties; Stephan R. von Schenk, Executive VP, Adirondack Trust Company; Lisa Licata-Stoll, Co-Chair SoH committee, Realty USA; Jesse Boucher, SBA Board President, Kodiak Construction; Michelle Larkin, Executvie Director, Rebuilding Together
Our 2013 Annual Video is here!
We are eternally grateful to Kim Smithgall, Bonnie Minick and Tom Robinson for their year round support in filming the work we do. It is critical to our mission in getting the message out to homeowners, volunteers and sponsors. Please enjoy our celebration of 10 years in the making!
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SARATOGA SPRINGS >> Even at the early Saturday hour of 9 a.m., even under a rainy sky, the volunteers of Rebuilding Together Saratoga County turned out by the dozens to celebrate their 10th anniversary with a flash-mob photo in Congress Park. Sporting T-shirts from the past 10 years, in shades of turquoise, red, green and yellow, some 60 volunteers gathered to pose for the picture. As each new person walked into the park, the others would call out greetings and share hugs. "This is a great group of volunteers," said Paula Lomasney, president of the nonprofit's board. "We all work together as one big team." The team's mission is to bring volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of homeowners in need, including those with low incomes, disabilities and children.
Rebuilding Together, an affiliate of the national organization, wants to ensure warmth, safety and independence for all homeowners. The volunteers build decks and ramps, do plumbing and electrical repairs, and make areas handicapped-accessible. Executive Director Michelle Larkin said the Saratoga community had embraced Rebuilding Together more quickly and more extensively than she had expected when she first founded the local organization in 2003. She said she was thrilled to be at the decade mark Saturday and looked forward to future projects, including more public education.
City Council Agrees on Affordable Housing for Two City Parcels
More than a year after Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan first championed the idea, the city is moving ahead on plans to give two parcels of city land to Habitat for Humanity so that the non-profit group can build affordable housing units in Saratoga.
The idea for the land swap actually came from the city's planning department in April of last year. At that time the city was in the process of auctioning off more than a dozen properties taken because of delinquent back taxes, and the planning department proposed that four of the parcels be used to create affordable housing stock in the city. By May that plan was reduced to two parcels, one at 26 Cherry Street and the other at 195 Division Street.