Grace UMC Team Participates in Rebuilding Together


Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC) works in partnership with state and local governments, community volunteers, nonprofit service providers, and corporate partners to provide free critical home repairs, energy efficiency upgrades, and accessibility modifications to our county’s most vulnerable residents.

A Grace UMC team of 28 strong volunteers participated in Rebuilding Together, (formerly known as Christmas in April) providing free critical home repairs and maintenance in a Four Corners neighborhood in Silver Spring. Our delightful client, Maxine, is elderly with mobility issues and qualified for these services through Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (see below for more on RMTC).
The project team was led by Captains Rob Wells and Gary Baumgarten, and Client Ambassador Jennifer Miller. Deb Randall provided lunch and refreshments around mid-day on a very hot Saturday, April 29. Key to our project was providing safety railings for our client along the entire length of the home’s walkway from the driveway to front door. While a group labored on the railings all day till 6:00pm, other teams from Grace painted exterior wooden surfaces, cleaned out fully clogged gutters, provided electrical and plumbing updates to kitchen and bathroom, removed tree stumps, and huge amounts of brush and underbrush that had completely overtaken Maxine’s backyard (four huge Montgomery County truckloads removed!). Thanks to all who participated in this joyful serving event sponsored by Grace UMC

WHEN: Saturday, April 29 from 8:00am Till 6:00pm
WHERE: A Single Family Home in the Four Corners Area of Silver Spring.

Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC) will be coordinating 18 home rehabilitation projects across the county thanks to the help of 27 generous volunteer groups, including Grace UMC, and more than 700 volunteers.    
Rebuilding Together Montgomery County focuses on providing home repair services to low-income homeowners throughout the county in an effort to preserve the affordable housing stock. The repairs that we provide are designed to make homes safer and healthier for homeowners allowing them to remain in their homes and reducing the risk of homeowner displacement. At RTMC, we know that displacement destabilizes entire communities and it is far more cost effective to simply preserve the current supply of affordable housing.
That’s where we come in. Our largest volunteer event of the year, National Rebuilding Day, deploys groups of volunteers to homes throughout the county to provide revitalization services that allow our most vulnerable neighbors including senior citizens, veterans, children and families, and individuals with disabilities to remain in homes they can depend on for years to come.

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