This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Super Bowl Sanctioned event Kickoff to Rebuild hosted by Rebuilding Together, a community revitalization partner. The event provides critical home repairs to low-income homeowners and mobilizes hundreds of volunteers in the host city of the Super Bowl.
This year Rebuilding Together, Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun in Phoenix and their partners are extending their impact by working with several Phoenix neighborhoods in the fall culminating with a rebuild project in January that was held in conjunction with the Super Bowl.
On Thursday, January 29 and Friday, January 30 over one hundred volunteers braved the rainy weather and completed the Kickoff to Rebuild projects in the Fillmore neighborhood. They installed a new Carter’s Kids playground for the Crisis Nursery and completing renovations on several neighborhood homes nearby. Volunteers helped long-time residents of Phoenix like Beatriz who is 101 years-old and remains in her home through the help of her daughter. Beatriz’s home will receive a new stove, safety repairs in the bathroom and a fresh coat of paint. These improvements will help ensure that Beatriz is able to remain in her home for the rest of her life.
View photos of the project on our Flickr site.
Special Guests Included:
- Ophelia Basgal, Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Katie Hobbs, State Senator, District 24
- Reginald Bolding, State Representative, District 27
- Councilwoman Kate Gallego, District 8
- Carter Oosterhouse, Founder of Carter’s Kids
- Justin Bethel, Arizona Cardinals
- Alexa Rogers, Miss Arizona
- Amber Barto, Miss Outstanding Teen Arizona
Media Coverage Included:
- KRCA- Sacramento: NFL gives back to neighborhoods surrounding Super Bowl host city
- AZFamily: Carter Oosterhouse’s “Carter’s Kids” unveils new playground for Phoenix children’s shelter
Rebuilding Together also teamed up with NextGen Homes to give a brand new safe and healthy home to a veteran in need. In his application for a new home, a young veteran named Zahid wrote that owning his own home would mean that he would finally be able to fully provide for his family. “It’s my way of showing them my love and appreciation for everything they do to help as a wounded veteran.” The home was built at International Builders Show in Las Vegas, and then transported to Phoenix for permanent placement in the Sunnyslope neighborhood this spring. Chicanos Por La Causa has donated the empty lot where the home will be permanently placed. The permanent placement of the home will be in the Spring with a formal ceremony.
October Project (2014)
On Saturday, October 11, 2014, in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Kickoff to Rebuild volunteers provided critical repairs to the Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) De Colores programs’ domestic violence shelter. CPLC De Colores is the only domestic violence shelter in the Phoenix area to exclusively offer a bilingual and bicultural environment in which women and their children can make the transition to a lifestyle free of violence. Volunteers repaired bathroom walls, painted the bedrooms and bathrooms, installed new bathroom mirrors, and repaired the outdoor play and seating area for the program children clients.
November Project (2014)
Led by Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun, 20 volunteers from Lowe’s provided critical repairs to the home of William and Judy in the Villa Park neighborhood on Thursday, November 13, 2014. William entered the United States Marine Corps in the early 1950s and received an honorable discharge in 1959. William and Judy have lived in their home since they were married in the early 1960s. The house has fallen into disrepair and the couple is living with physical disabilities on a limited income. Volunteers sealed the home by replacing roof fascia and exterior siding. They made the home more accessible, enabling William and Judy to live safely and independently, by installing a walk-in shower and replacing the carpet. To ensure the family has a healthy living environment, volunteers addressed plumbing issues and restore hot water service. Finally, volunteers repainted the kitchen, living room and dining room to brighten up the home.
View media coverage of the project: Fox10- Marine veteran getting help with a home makeover
Thank you to the Kickoff to Rebuild Sponsors!