History

In 1973, a small Sunday school class picked up hammers and paint brushes in Midland, Texas. They had seen their neighbors struggle with home repairs and chose to dedicate one day to the elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners who needed a hand. Their compassion inspired others and the movement grew.

Seeing a need in our region, Rebuilding Together Dayton joined the effort in April of 1996. Our first National Rebuilding Day renovated eight houses with the help of 105 volunteers. Since then, we’ve assisted over 1,500 homeowners in 63 neighborhoods and 10 cities across Montgomery County.

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  • 1996 – Founded by Preservation Dayton, Inc.
  • 1998 – First Executive Director hired and moved to space donated by Home Builders Association
  • 2001 – Rebuilding Together Dayton unveiled Neighbor●Care, a year-round, county-wide home repair program. Neighbor●Care provides the services of skilled tradespeople who perform urgent home repairs and home modifications, such as wheelchair ramps and handrails.
  • 2006 – Hit 500 homes assisted
  • 2006 – Moved into University of Dayton’s Rubicon House
  • 2009 – Seasonal programming started
  • 2010 – Hit 1,000 homes assisted
  • 2011 – Rebuilding Together Dayton formed a collaboration with the Greater Dayton RTA by moving into the former Interstate Mortgage building on Main Street. RTA provides donated office and warehouse space.
  • 2014 – For the first time, we targeted a specific neighborhood for our Rebuilding Day efforts by partnering with East End Community Services in Twin Towers neighborhood. Nearly 800 Rebuilding Together Dayton volunteers worked on 20 projects in the Twin Towers neighborhood, providing $200,000 worth of improvements.
  • 2015 – Seasonal Safe@Home Program and DPL partnership
  • 2015 to 2017 – Targeting the Westwood neighborhood.
  • 2016 – Community Revitalization Partnership Strategy ~ A coordinated approach between our affiliate and our neighborhoods, foundations, corporations, residents and volunteers to build and sustain a safe, healthy and thriving community.