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Rebuilding Together Baltimore, an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, is partnering with national sponsor Shell to promote energy efficiency in the home by delivering critical home renovations for local homeowner, Ms. Johnson.
Rebuilding Together Baltimore will work with 25 volunteers to complete renovations, focusing on energy efficient upgrades and critical safety repairs on the home of Ms. Johnson, which will help make her home warmer, safer and drier. Volunteers will install weather stripping, energy efficient light bulbs, and numerous other energy saving measures in Ms. Johnson’s home.
Additionally, repairs will be made to safety hazards that exist throughout the home. The grant from Shell is also making it possible for Rebuilding Together Baltimore to repair Ms. Johnson’s roof and to connect her with a program that will replace her furnace. Ms. Johnson has been living in her home without a consistent heat source for two years.
Rebuilding Together works to increase the health, safety, and quality of life for homeowners providing green home rehabilitation to homeowners and families in-need. These repairs allow homeowners to save money on utility bills, thrive in cleaner environments and easily meet other essential needs.
“Rebuilding Together Baltimore is pleased to partner with Shell and engage local volunteers to not only assist a homeowner-in-need, but also to educate the community on the importance of energy efficient practices,” said Bonnie Bessor, Rebuilding Together Baltimore Executive Director. “Shell is dedicated to the education and use of green practices in everyday life.”
Volunteers will be joined by Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry (4th District), whose office originally referred Ms. Johnson for assistance with home repairs. Shell has been a sponsor of Rebuilding Together since 2009 and recently sponsored Rebuilding Together’s National Conference in New Orleans.
Since 1989, Rebuilding Together Baltimore has repaired over 1,200 homes and community spaces in more than 30 neighborhoods in Baltimore City and County. Rebuilding Together Baltimore works in partnership with volunteers and communities to make homes warmer, safer and drier for low-income homeowners who are seniors, people with disabilities or families with children.
In its more than 22-year history, Rebuilding Together Baltimore ‘s work represents over $7 million in value to the community. In 2008, Rebuilding Together Baltimore was chosen by HGTV (Home & Garden TV) as one of five cities in the U.S. for their inaugural “Change the World. Start at Home” initiative.
Rebuilding Together Baltimore is an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, Inc., a national organization with 200 affiliates across the country. Rebuilding Together Baltimore is now able to provide home repairs all year-round for eligible homeowners throughout Baltimore City and/or County.
As always, energy efficiency is a priority for Rebuilding Together Baltimore —the organization works with communities and homeowners on energy efficiency, providing energy efficiency education to community members and energy efficiency-related repairs for homeowners.
Rebuilding Together Baltimore also places a special emphasis on home safety and fall prevention for seniors and people with disabilities, providing grab bars, handrails, wheelchair ramps and other modifications that help to keep seniors and people with disabilities safe in their homes.