St. Louis: October 8 – 11, 2015
Unsafe or unhealthy living conditions at home account for many of the leading causes of preventable fatality, illness and disability in the United States today. We will be working in diverse community of St. Louis to energize and revitalize their homes and restore the neighborhood.
Demonstrating their commitment to safe and healthy homes, Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit working to provide critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and improvements for America’s low-income homeowners and their communities, led a major three-day rebuilding effort in St. Louis in October 2015.
On Columbus Day weekend nearly 500 community and employee volunteers made accessibility modifications, weatherization and energy efficient upgrades and other major home rehabilitations for St. John homeowners, many of whom have been a part of the greater St. Louis community for their lifetime.
Volunteers also transformed a vacant lot into a vibrant community space for all residents to use, complete with birdfeeders, a footpath and a fountain.
This project was made possible through the generous support of the event’s national and local partners, including lead partner Lowe’s, as well as Charter Communications (through its Charter our Community initiative), Emerson, Bank of America, CBRE, Pepsi, MiTek and Eagle Bank and Trust Company of Missouri.
Visit the Lowe’s In the Community tumblr to learn about Lowe’s Hero Robbie’s experience volunteering during Building a Healthy Neighborhood 2015!
About St. John
This year, Rebuilding Together St. Louis, volunteers and community and corporate partners focused on the community of St. John. Growing from a small trading post along the Mississippi River to a bustling city of over 300,000 people, many of the St. John neighborhood residents still work in trades industries. Residents of St. John earn $35,000 on average per year, roughly $10,000 less than the average in the state of Missouri. St. John has received several community development grants to improve business along St. Charles Rock Road and improve city walkways and parks. Though the retail and commercial buildings continue to improve, many low-income residents struggle to maintain their homes on resulting in unsafe living conditions.
Media Response to Building a Healthy Neighborhood 2015
- 3BL Media: Official Press Release
- com (AP) – Volunteers rehab St. John houses as part of national `blitzbuild’ program
- Louis Post-Dispatch – Volunteers rehab St. John houses as part of national `blitzbuild’ program
- KMOV – Charter Our Community
- RealEstateRama – Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s Host Fifth Annual Building a Healthy Neighborhood
- 3BL – Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s Host Fifth Annual Building a Healthy Neighborhood
- JustMeans – Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s Host Fifth Annual Building a Healthy Neighborhood
Building a Healthy Neighborhood was also featured on local stations KTVI and KSDK in St. Louis.
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