CLAY COUNTY — During the 18th Rebuilding Day Saturday, Sept. 14, organized by Rebuilding Together Kansas City, more than a dozen houses will be rehabilitated. A few residences will also be renovated during subsequent weekends by church groups.
This annual rebuilding blitz utilizes hundreds of volunteers to repair homes, revitalize communities and rebuild lives to eliminate substandard housing and deplorable living conditions for those who could not make repairs on their own.
Rebuilding Day crew leaders started meeting in July for house selections. Leaders decided which houses would be feasible for their groups. Toward the end of July to mid-August, crew leaders made initial home visits to cement which projects would be completed on Rebuilding Day.
In previous years, teams have returned to the selected houses to complete more projects.
At 8 a.m Saturday, teams will meet at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church gymnasium, 1600 Missouri Highway 291, before heading to residences throughout the Northland to make repairs.
RTKC Executive Director and Founder Clay McQuerry said the acts of transforming houses transforms lives.
“We get homes referred to us by cities because they are violating codes,” he said. “We then do our due diligence to make sure the other needs are met. It's worth it to see homeowners who may struggle because of physical challenges happy again in their homes.”