Spring is a time of transformation, of warm weather, flowers and allergies. It is also a time of giving, thanks to a non-profit organization called Rebuilding Together. Every year, on the last Saturday in April, the entire country takes part in National Rebuilding Day. Twenty years ago, this day was known as Christmas in April because volunteers gather in over 100 communities across the country to renovate homes and neighborhoods of veterans and low-income families.
This year Peak Construction had the opportunity to sponsor a Rebuilding Together project in conjunction with Sears’ Heroes at Home program. Heading the team was one of our Project Managers, Christopher Riehle and his wife, our Production Manager, Stephanie Riehle. Together with a crew of volunteers including our Lead Carpenter, Joe Riehle and one of our skilled Field Technicians, Luis Lopez, the Riehle’s transformed the home of a retired marine.
When volunteers first arrived at the home in Beacon, sagging floors and crooked doorways were among the challenges the team faced. The most important part of this renovation was getting this veteran’s home up to code which involves making sure the house has structural integrity and is safe. As well as replacing three broken windows, two interior doors,interior molding and installing PERGO flooring throughout the common area, the team also put in both carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
It was a day of generosity as people came together to put their time and energy into the project. Joe’s Italian Marketplace in Fishkill was generous enough to donate lunch for the crew and William Metzger, owner of Peak Construction, contributed not only materials, vehicles and tools, but also the team’s beverages.
Whether you are experienced with construction or not, Rebuilding Together is always looking for volunteers for projects like these. More experienced volunteers can be used for roofing, plumbing and providing materials, while those with less experience can help with painting, cleaning and landscaping. Donations can also be made at the following website: https://48498.thankyou4caring.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=298
If however you’d like your home to be one of Rebuilding Together’s next projects check out this website to see if you’re eligible: http://www.rebuildingtogetherdutchess.org/who-we-help/income-eligibility