The History of Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio
Originally called Christmas in April, the program began in Lake County in 1991 and then in Cleveland and Summit County in 1996 with separate affiliates when community, government, civic, and religious leaders and private citizens recognized the need for additional resources to help those most in need in the community. At that time the program was a one day a year, done-in-a-day volunteer program that exclusively utilized the efforts of volunteers.
In 2001 we reincorporated as Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April and a few years later dropped Christmas in April. For years we worked to build the program in each of the three founding communities growing from serving a few dozen homeowners each year to more than 200 annually. But in time, we realized that the need far surpassed the boarders of our respective service areas. In 2010, Rebuilding Together Summit County made the decision to expand its service area to include Portage, Stark, Wayne, and Medina Counties and began doing business as Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley in January 2011. In 2014, Cuyahoga County was added after being served well by our sister affiliate Rebuilding Together Cleveland. In 2015, the Lake County affiliate dissolved and joined Rebuilding Together Greater Cuyahoga Valley to form the current regional organization serving northeast Ohio.
Today, Rebuilding Together is a nonprofit year-round program that helps to repair and rehabilitate the homes of low-income elderly, disabled, and veteran homeowners so they may live with independence and dignity. We do not construct new homes but work with existing housing to bring volunteers from all walks of life and all faiths together to help eligible recipients remain warm, safe, and dry in their homes. We are part of a national organization and with 150 affiliates across the United States and are a leading home repair and renovation program in the country.
For nearly 25 years, our organization has served northeast Ohio investing millions of dollars in market value services while working with thousands of individual volunteers. To date, more than 3,000 homeowners have been served. This sustained partnership with local organizations such as the City of Akron, the City of Green, the City of Canton, Lake County, the County of Summit, Fifth Third Bank, Gilbane Construction, the Cleveland Clinic, the National Association of Remodelers Industry, the Akron Cleveland Area Board of REALTORS, the Home Builders Association Serving Summit and Portage Counties, and various church, educational, and civic groups has literally changed lives. We look forward to growing additional partnerships as we work with others in surrounding counties in 2016 and beyond as we continue to grow as a Community Revitalization Partner.
Staff, Location & Board
Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio Staff
- Executive Director – Paul Holm
- Program and Compliance Manager– Melissa Springston
- Program and Compliance Manager– Joan Myers
- Program and Compliance Manager– Rachel Jamison
- Project Coordinator – Rick Durius
- Project Coordinator– Daniel McBryer
- Project Coordinator – Michael Dexter
- Project Coordinator – Matthew White
- Accountant – Charles Brechmacher
Thanks to the generosity of Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, our current main and south office is located at 788 Donald Avenue in south Akron. Our north office is located at 9100 Bank Street, Unit B in Valley View.
Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio Board of Trustees
Rita Perez, The Hartford, President
Dustin Sheppard, Brockman, Coates, Gedelian, and Co., Treasurer
Sarah Haring, The City of Green, Secretary
Cliff Bellar, Re/Max Crossroads Properties, Board Member
Doug Taylor, City of Akron, Board Member
Dana Debski, Stocker Pitts Law Firm, Board Member
Kim Polatas, Riverwood Community Chapel, Board Member
William Garrison, Board Member
Adam Stackpole, Lubrizol, Board Member
James Skakin, Bober Markey Fedorovich, Board Member
Emily Njus, Summa Health, Board Member
Stephen Bartel, KPMG, Board Member