In 1973, a small Sunday school class picked up hammers and paintbrushes 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.
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 Milestone of 500 homes assisted
2006 Moved into University of Dayton’s Rubicon House
2009 Launched Seasonal programming
2010 Milestone of 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 which provided $200,000 worth of improvements.
2015 Launched Seasonal Safe@Home Program and DPL partnership
2015 to 2017 Targeted the Westwood neighborhood.
2016 Launched 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.
2018 Targeted the Carillon Neighborhood.
2019 Focused on Disaster Recovery Program for those affected by Memorial Day Tornadoes and Targeted the Edgemont Neighborhood.
2020 Rebuilding Together Dayton celebrating 25 years of repairing homes, revitalizing communities, and rebuilding lives for low-income Dayton Senior homeowners. We will be targeting Pineview, Edgemont, and Miami Chapel Neighborhoods.