Rebuilding Together South Sound’s mission is repairing homes, revitalizing communities, and rebuilding lives with a vision of safe homes and communities for everyone. Our programs provide home modifications and repairs at no cost in the homes of low-income seniors, people with disabilities and families with children who live in Pierce County and the Cities of Federal Way and Auburn. Our work preserves the existing affordable housing stock and neighborhoods of our communities. By improving the quality of existing homes, we reduce the growing need for other affordable housing options. We have three home repair programs to help meet the needs of our community.
If you need help with repairs at your home, please visit our Find Help page for more information and our application.
National Rebuilding Day
Rebuilding Day is held on the last Saturday of every April and is our single largest project day of the year. We begin evaluating home repair applications for Rebuilding Day in the fall to find approximately 25 projects to match with our volunteer contractors and sponsor teams. By leveraging our volunteer contractors’ skills and sponsor teams’ enthusiasm, we create an impactful, transformative day of service for our neighbors in need and volunteers alike.
If you're interested in joining us as a Rebuilding Day volunteer and are not part of a sponsor team, please fill out our Volunteer Form.
Safe at Home
Our Safe at Home Program was established in 2007 to addresses the emergency repair and home modification needs of our homeowners throughout the year. Emergency repairs focus on immediate health and safety needs including heating, plumbing and electrical repairs or broken doors or windows. Home modification projects attend to the accessibility needs of our clients by providing modifications such as wheelchair ramps and grab bars and eliminating other hazards.
We accept and evaluate home repair applications throughout the year for Safe at Home projects including specialty [Re]Builds like 9/11 Day of Remembrance, RampUp!, Veteran’s Day and Valentines with Veterans. This program works with individual skilled volunteers or small teams to complete the repair projects.
If you're interested in joining us as a Safe at Home volunteer, please fill out our Volunteer Form.
If you are interested in becoming a subcontactor, please download these documents.
Rebuilding a Healthy Neighborhood
Rebuilding a Healthy Neighborhood is a partnership between Rebuilding Together South Sound, volunteers, neighbors, community leaders, and local organizations working to revitalize neighborhoods with safe, afforable, accessible homes and thriving community spaces. Our experience working in low-income communities has shown us that the complex problems found in economically distressed neighborhoods require trust building and systematic, coordinated approaches in focused communities to improve quality of life for our neighbors.
Beginning in 2022, Rebuilding Together South Sound will host Rebuilding a Healthy Neighborhood in partnership with the City of Lakewood. Focus neighborhoods are Lakeview, Monta Vista, Springbrook, and Tillicum-Woodbrook. Rebuilding a Healthy Neighborhood will kick off on Saturday August 20th and have a follow up event on Saturday October 22nd. In 2023, we anticipate hosting the event twice a year in April and October.
If you're interested in joining as a partner for the community In-Reach fair, please email our Director of Programs, Rachel Lehr.
Rebuilding Together South Sound’s She Builds program features community revitalization projects that provides critical home repairs for women in need. The event series includes home repair trainings to give women the confidence and skills to maintain safe and healthy homes. Through partnership with Rebuilding Together South Sound, you and your company can create real change for women in our community - providing home modification and repairs while giving female community members training to improve their lives. She Builds is typically held in conjunction with Rebuilding Day and can also be a stand alone project.
Each October, volunteers head to local homes to build wheelchair ramps for our neighbors in need. These ramps truly transform the lives of these neighbors; they can freely leave their homes for doctor’s appointments, visits with families, and trips to the store. Typically, 5 ramps are built in a single day by 5 teams.
Join us as we honor our local veterans by having a [Re]Build day just for them. Teams work with contractors to provide home modifications and repairs for low-income veterans.
Valentines with Veterans - Typically held the Saturday before Valentine's Day
Veteran's Day - Typically held the Saturday before or after Veteran's Day
Interested in sponsoring a team build for Rebuilding Day, Safe at Home, or any of specialty [Re]Builds? Check back for project sponsorship information or email Kim Taylor.