Clay McQuerry

Feb 052018
 

Taking discarded items and giving them new life.

The RT Store gets its own spotlight this weekend as a show feature at the KC Remodel + Garden Show.

The RT Store, and its parent organization Rebuilding Together Kansas City (RTKC), challenged 10 local craftsmen and artisans, to upcycle items from the RT Store. “Upcycle” is a term that refers to transforming a used item, which some people might think of as junk, into something with value and purpose.

Rebuilding Together KC’s booth in the American Royal Center will display and sell these upcycled gems. You can see what they’ve created and think about what items you own that could be upcycled and repurposed! Volunteers will also be on hand to tell the story of neighbors helping neighbors — by volunteering to repair their homes.

The KC Remodel + Garden Show will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 at the door; get a $3 discount by using the promo code REBUILDING when buying online at www.kcremodelandgarden.com.

This week, while supplies last, the RT Store will give away a KC Remodel + Garden Show ticket with each purchase.

RT Store

The RT Store is a home improvement thrift store dedicated to recycling, reusing, and re-purposing housing materials. The store accepts donations of new and used materials, and encourages anyone to purchase from the store. Inventory includes modern and vintage building materials, cleaning supplies, tools, hardware, lighting, plumbing fixtures & appliances, as well as some architectural salvage and furniture. As an organization based on green principles, the RT Store enjoys fostering efforts to recycle, reuse, and repurpose housing materials.

All proceeds support RTKC community service programs, providing sustainable revenue, as-well-as much needed equipment, supplies, and materials for home repairs and safety modification projects to improve the homes and lives of our neighbors in need.

The RT Store is located at 1908 Plumbers Way, #300, Liberty, Missouri 64068. Open to the public, hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.

Rebuilding Together Kansas City

Rebuilding Together Kansas City’s aim is to eliminate unsafe and deplorable homes in the KC Northland. In doing so, our neighbors are able to stay in their homes and avoid homelessness. Seniors are enabled to age in place and to live longer, better lives, said Stacie Bratcher, development director.

“With the help of over 400 volunteers, what we do is basically go in and make costly repairs for low cost or no cost,” she said.

The organization will have information at the KC Remodel + Garden Show on its approach to tackling homes needing repair, as well as the benefits of safety modifications for seniors, and other community needs and opportunities.

“Partnering with the remodel and garden show is a great way to spread our mission and gain volunteers,” said Clay McQuerry, executive director of Rebuilding Together KC. “We get to meet so many members of the community.

“More than 20,000 people come to the KC Remodel + Garden Show, and we can share about the critical needs in our community — people living without heat or with holes in their floor or ceiling. These are important stories that many people haven’t heard.”

McQuerry said Rebuilding Together KC had an economic impact of $239,582 last year. Since 2001, 5,859 volunteers have repaired 770 homes for a total market value of $2,296,890.

Jan 302018
 
BOOTH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
KC Remodel + Garden Show, February 9-11, 2018
Volunteers Are Needed 
to man the RT Store booth during the KC Remodel + Garden Show!
The RT Store will have a large booth at the show to display and sell our Up-Cycle Challenge projects and share our mission, so we could really use your help hosting the booth. The added benefit of helping in our booth is that you will get free admission to enjoy the show before or after your shift.  We need several individuals to help make sales and chat with our booth guests during the three days of the Show. We have split the time into two hour shifts; spouses, family and friends welcome.  Read more.
If you are available to help, click here to sign up.
Dec 242017
 

Thank You!

..you were a true blessing.

“Safe At Home”

Thanks to you, our Safe At Home project managers, and skilled volunteers, completed home safety modifications–ensuring safety and accessibility– on 100 residential homes for 173 residents including 113 seniors20 veterans, and 112 individuals with disabilities.
 
Annually, we survey our previous year’s clients to gauge the effectiveness of the Safe at Home modifications in helping people to safely age in place. The results were incredible, revealing a clear picture of the impact the safety modifications are making in preventing falls (and hopefully reducing hospital readmission’s). We were able to reach 55 homeowners who provided the following feedback:
  • 85% agreed that the modifications reduced their risk of falling
  • 89% agreed that the modifications made them feel safer living in their home
  • 89% felt the modifications increased their ability to stay at home
  • 89% reported an increase in confidence after modifications were made
  • 96% reported a decrease in falls with 94 falls reported BEFORE the modifications, and only 4 falls reported AFTER the modifications!
Every day, your support makes aging-in-place possible for our senior neighbors.
 
Homeowners agreed the modifications definitely increased their ability to stay in their own home and are helping them to age in place. But don’t take our word for it, read what our Safe At Home clients have to say:
“Very pleased with the work and worker. Very pleasant to be around. This was a true blessing for my wife! Thank you!” ~Bill
“Thank you for doing such an excellent job in my home. I am truly pleased. Excellent workmanship. I am on a fixed income, so the help I received was most helpful. I hope to be able to have some more work done. I certainly will recommend you to all my neighbors and friends. Thank you so very much.” ~Evelyn 
“What a wonderful service! My mother would not be able to take baths by herself if she didn’t have the tub cut-out.”
“RTKC helped us by giving us the confidence and ability to have the work performed by a person we could trust, that knew how to do the safety work we needed. Thank you; and much appreciation to Marty for helping us.” ~ Ed & Mary
 
We continue to receive regular requests for home safety modifications all year around! 
 
Click here to see more 2017 project photos.
Dec 182017
 

Thank You!

..your help certainly made their lives easier and safer.

“Rebuilding Day”
Thanks to you Rebuilding Day 2017 was a huge success! Nearly 400 volunteers completed home repair projects on 24 residential homes (and 1 non-profit facility) in just 1 day
 
Rebuilding Day is focused on eliminating unsafe and deplorable living conditions for homeowners who do not have the financial or physical means to complete the repairs themselves. These clients face unsafe or unsustainable living conditions that threaten their safety, health, and well-being.
 
Homeowner Evaluation Surveys revealed the following results:
  • 100% rated the quality of work done by volunteer crews as Very Good.
  • 75% agreed it was Not Likely they would have been able to complete the repairs with other resources, now or in the future, if the RTKC program did not exist.
  • 42% agreed it was Possible to Very Likely they would have had to move from their home in the near future if RTKC’s services did not exist.
  • 77% agreed the repairs made by RTKC Improved their home’s accessibility.
  • 85% agreed the repairs made by RTKC Improved their home’s safety.
  • Overall, 100% reported a Very Good impression of RTKC.

Every day, your support makes positive results like these possible.

Don’t believe us? Read these comments from our homeowners: 

“Dear volunteers I appreciate everyone of you and God bless you for the work that you did for me. The work that was done has made for a healthier environment for me. I am enjoying my home and breathing better. Thank you!” ~Mickey
“The crew I had to do my deck was wonderful. They all came together and worked hard. There were some things that had to be done later in the week in which all was completed perfectly.” ~Lyle
“Keep up the good work, its nice to know some one cares to help. Thank you very much.” ~Sandi
“I’ve been searching for the words to express my gratitude and am at a loss to find words to express how grateful I am for the help I have received. All of the people involved have been so kind and caring. We have such a busy world people sometimes are just not able to get the help they need. You have taken a huge burden off my shoulders. I now know my septic tank is in good shape, the yard looks so much nicer with trees being trimmed and all. There was no way I could have done these things and so many people take advantage. Rebuilding Together has been a blessing for us. Thank you.” ~Sarah
 
Click here to read more highlights of our accomplished 2017 projects and services; and view before and after project photos to inspire you this holiday season. 
 
Save The Date: 2018 Rebuilding Day will take place on Saturday, October 6 with a kick-off celebration at 8:00 a.m., Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

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Dec 112017
 

Thank You!

..is not enough to say for what you did.

“Repairing Homes – Rebuilding Lives!”

Thanks to you over 580 volunteers completed 598 home repair projects on 126 residential homes (and one non-profit facility) for 232 Northland residents in 2016.  On behalf of them, thank you for transforming their lives and restoring their dignity.
 
In 2017 we received a record 170 applications for service. Though our volunteers and Project Managers are working hard to complete many more home repair projects before Christmas, we anticipate carrying a Waiting List of 35 into the new year.
 
You see, even though we helped over 232 people last year, there are still many more in our neighborhoods and communities yet to be helped.
 

Vickie is a 70 year old widow who needed home safety modifications including grab bars, handrails, and a chair lift; here is her story:

“Thank you is not enough to say for what your organization did for me. I was scheduled for knee surgery, but my cancer has returned, so that has been cancelled. The chairlift and other repairs/safety modifications you have made will make my life easier and happier, I no longer have to be afraid as I go thru this 2nd round of chemo, because now I feel a lot safer and know that I can stay in my home of 41 years (God willing) for good.”
 
Every day, your support makes stories like Vickie’s possible. 
 
We simply can’t do it without you.  Your support makes a real, lasting, and transformative impact in the lives of those who are still in need. Click here to read about more of our accomplished 2017 projects and services, and to view before and after project photos to inspire you this holiday season.
 
Thank you for your continued support and friendship.

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Nov 222017
 

Largest International Day of Giving Back!

We are excited to announce that Rebuilding Together Kansas City is participating in the year’s largest international day of giving back: Giving Tuesday!
 
Following the popularity of shopping events, Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday, November 28th marks the holiday Giving Tuesday and kicks off the charitable giving holiday season.
 
Why are we doing this and why Rebuilding Together?
 
Rebuilding Together Kansas City is part of a national network of more than 140 affiliates around the country committed to providing a safe and healthy home for all of our neighbors. Over the past 30 years, the Rebuilding Together network has worked with nearly 4 million volunteers to repair almost 200,000 homes and community spaces, impacting nearly 6 million people. Help us do more in our community!
 
 
While we have accomplished so much, the need is great. More than 2.9 million of our neighbors are living in inadequate housing. Swelling home maintenance costs are driving residents and families away from communities where they have lived for generations. Rapidly aging housing stock is ill-equipped to accommodate the needs of an aging population. Veterans are returning home from decade-long conflicts, many with service-connected disabilities, to a severe lack of affordable housing that can accommodate their needs. Children growing up in low-income communities are living in antiquated housing, being exposed to dangerous toxins that adversely affect their health and educational attainment over the course of their lifetimes.
 
We rarely hear the stories of our neighbors in need and they are too quickly forgotten. Your support will help us strengthen our community, by helping our neighbors.
 
Support our community on November 28 by making a donation to RTKC — thru Facebook, use the donate button in the top right of our web page, or simply mail a check — to help meet our goal of $5,000. With your help we can strengthen the KC Northland. 
 
On this global day of giving Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are matching up to $2 million of funds raised on Facebook for U.S. nonprofits. Facebook is also waiving all fees for donations made to nonprofits on Facebook this #GivingTuesday. 
 
If you have any questions about other ways to get involved, or to host your own RTKC fundraiser on Facebook, please contact RTKC Development Director, Stacie Bratcher.
 
Thank you for your generosity this holiday season.
Nov 092017
 

RTKC Recognizes America Recycles Day 11/15

There are many actions each of us can take to reduce our environmental impact and support a clean community.  One of the easiest actions to take every day is to recycle.

That is why Rebuilding Together Kansas City (RTKC) invites the community to visit the RT Store on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, from 9am-5pm, at 1908 Plumbers Way, #300, Liberty, Missouri in recognition of America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national initiative.

Keep in mind that as a nation, we’re recycling and/or composting 34 percent of the 250 million tons of waste we generate, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Together we can certainly recycle more and recycle right.

There are many environmental and economic benefits of recycling, including saving energy, conserving natural resources, and reducing the need for landfill space. The RT Store is a home improvement thrift store dedicated to recycling, reusing, and re-purposing housing materials. We accept donations of new and used materials, and we encourage anyone to purchase from our store.  Our inventory includes modern and vintage building materials, tools, hardware, lighting, plumbing fixtures & appliances, as well as some architectural salvage and furniture. As an organization based on green principles, we enjoy fostering efforts to recycle, reuse, and repurpose housing materials. 

Through the simple act of recycling (and buying recycled items), we can continue to build momentum for recycled materials, “giving our garbage another life.” At the RT Store, all proceeds support RTKC community service programs, providing sustainable revenue, as-well-as much needed equipment, supplies, and materials for home repairs and safety modification projects to improve the homes and lives of homeowners in need.

However, it all starts with putting more of the right recyclable items in the right place – and committing to do so today and into the future. The RT Store also hosts a weekly scrap metal drive, accepting all types of household nonferrous metal (like aluminum, copper, brass and wire) and ferrous metal (metal that sticks to a magnet like iron, steel and autos), at our Liberty facility.

With this in mind, and as America Recycles Day approaches on Nov. 15, RTKC and the RT Store wants to thank you for your efforts to recycle – at home, at work or school, and on the go. Join us in our effort to make the KC Northland environmentally and economically healthier by recycling more and recycling right.  

Oct 192017
 

HEROES AT HOME PROGRAM TEAMS UP WITH REBUILDING TOGETHER TO RENOVATE HOME FOR KANSAS CITY VETERAN

Volunteers shape up Northland home for former Marine.

Sears’ Heroes at Home program is partnering with Rebuilding Together Kansas City to renovate the home of a veteran who served in the U. S. Marines from 1973-1977 as a Fire Rescue Man in the Air Wing Division.  Most of his time was spent at the bases in Cherry Point, North Carolina, and Honolulu, Hawaii.  Unfortunately, he now suffers from debilitating injuries acquired through his military career and post-military employment. 

This veteran’s life has been permanently changed by his injuries and disabilities.  Now 60 years old, and unable to work, he has been forced to solely survive on his disability check.  He does all he can to keep his house picked up and presentable, but his limited income does not enable him to make essential repairs.  He has lived in his house for 5 years, and he is frustrated that he is not physically able to complete the maintenance and repairs himself. 

Roof leaks are causing interior damage, and dysfunctional gutters are causing increased deterioration to the siding.  Although he has some family in the area who are helpful with regular maintenance and upkeep, these big repair items are beyond his resources.

During a home visit, He said, “It would mean the world to me to have these repairs done for me.  It would take a load of worries off of my mind about how I’m ever going to keep my house from totally deteriorating and falling apart.”

Utilizing a layered approach, Rebuilding Together KC Volunteer Crews will provide repairs to his home, focusing on health and safety improvements that will enable this veteran to remain in his home for as long and as safely as possible, simultaneously preserving both well-being and quality of life.

Rebuilding Together affiliates nationwide bring together thousands of community volunteers each year, to provide free home repairs and modifications to low-income Americans – older adults, persons with disabilities, military veterans and families in need.

Over the last decade, the Heroes at Home program has raised over $21 million in support of Rebuilding Together’s and served 14,250 veterans across the country. Rebuilding Together affiliates and Sears’ Heroes at Home program will complete dozens of projects this fall, adding to the nearly 1,700 rebuilds completed since the program began.

Special Thanks to:

  • volunteers from the Bank of America for replacing the roof on October 7.
  • volunteers from The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company for replacing soffits, fascia, and siding on October 21.
  • Rick Miller of L & M Electric for replacing the electrical panel and updating wiring to make this veteran’s home safe.
  • RTKC Project Manager, Marty Clariday, for his efforts to bring this project to fruition.
  • Sears for their continued partnership and project funding.
  • our homeowner for his dedicated service to our country and our community.

You too can support this local veteran through our Heroes at Home project. Your donation will support critical program components including building materials and supplies, project management, and professional labor expenses. Thank you for your support.

                                

Oct 132017
 

You’re invited!

Join us for an RTKC Fundraising Night

Support RTKC by dining at the Liberty Texas Roadhouse on Tuesday, October 24 between 4pm-10pm and present the official RTKC Fundraising Night flyer.

RTKC will receive 10% of your total food purchases to further support Rebuilding Day 2017!

Where: Texas Roadhouse – Liberty
168 N Stewart Court, Liberty, Missouri 64068
When: Tuesday, October 24
Time: 4pm-10pm

Rather just stay in and donate on line? You can do that too! Simply, use the Donate button located at the top right of this page.

Print the below flyer and take it with you, and share it with your your friends too!