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Rebuilding Together

Charitable Organization Helps with Low-Income Housing


Charitable Organization Repairs Low-Income Housing for Free

Rebuilding Together, formerly Christmas in April, is a national program where volunteers come together and paint, repair and or remodel homes. Over the greater Chicago metropolitan area more than 3,000 volunteers worked on Saturday, April 28, 2018 to provide free home repairs to low-income residents.

In Winthrop Harbor, The Highland Park Presbyterian Church and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America under the guidance of house captain, Bob Rundell, remodeled and repaired a home off of 7th Street.

In Zion, near 29th and Gideon Avenues, Donna Flammini served as House Captain along with about 30 volunteers came together with Zebra Technologies to repair a home. Zebra Technologies provided the supplies. The resident received a new refrigerator and stove. And volunteers remodeled the bathroom.

“We probably had about $9,000 out of pocket in supplies and repairs. We probably had about 200 volunteer man-hours. For every dollar we spend, we get from 3 to 5 dollars of in kind work,” says Frank Flammini who serves on the Board of Directors of the organization. Flammini evaluate and coordinate the projects to be done in the Zion area.

Most of the work is done by volunteers, usually a church or a company.


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