Rebuilding Together and Lowe's Team Up to Renovate and Repair Hialeah Home For Make a Difference Day

For Immediate Release

October 24, 2009

MIAMI – Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade and volunteers from Lowe’s of Miami are dedicating their time and expertise to help Raymond Serafin improve his quality of life by making home repairs and renovations. Serafin, 66, is a retired resident of Hialeah for the last 40 years. In 2003, his wife passed away and Serafin shares his home with his daughter and son-in-law who are both disabled. The couple has four children whose ages range from 11-to-19 years old.

The project includes repairing the home’s leaking roof, which has caused extreme water damage inside the house and destroyed their furniture. El Dorado Furniture will donate a brand new living room set to replace the ones ruined by the water.

This project is one of 35 Rebuilding Together projects awarded a $10,000 grant focused on home modifications and energy efficiency. Projects will be completed on or around October 24, which is Make a Difference Day, a national day of helping others. Lowe’s has also sponsored special projects, including a wheelchair ramp building blitz, a home windows installation blitz and other large-scale projects that focus on disabled homeowners and communities impacted by natural disasters.

“To be a part of the community means you roll up your sleeves and work with neighbors to help make the lives of others better,” said Bob Miller, president of the board of Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade. “Through these efforts, Lowe’s is helping preserve and revitalize the homes of the elderly, persons with disabilities and low- income families.”

“Homeownership and community stabilization are issues that are affecting low- and moderate-income Americans on a day to day basis, particularly during these tough economic times,” said Gary Officer, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “With our Lowe’s partnership, we are committed to tackling these issues and making a difference in the lives of low-income homeowners in need.”

“Lowe’s is in the business of helping people improve and maintain their homes,” said Larry D. Stone, chairman of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Rebuilding Together to renovate and modify homes for some of our community’s most vulnerable residents. Lowe’s shares Rebuilding Together’s commitment to creating a safe and comfortable environment to accommodate a homeowner’s special needs.”

Rebuilding Together is America's largest volunteer-based home-repair organization bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of homeowners in need. “Through our rebuilds this week, we’re bringing warmth, safety and accessibility to homeowners who do not have the financial or physical wherewithal to complete home repairs and other necessary improvements,” said Donna Fales, executive director with Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade.

About Rebuilding Together:
Rebuilding Together is the nation's largest nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing home repair and renovation services free of charge to those in need. Through the support of corporate sponsors, local businesses and the hands-on work of over 200,000 volunteers led by more than 200 affiliates, Rebuilding Together renovates and repairs nearly 10,000 homes and nonprofit facilities annually.

In addition to its core home repair work, Rebuilding Together renovates community centers and conducts home modification and repair programs that focus on elder home safety, energy efficiency, veterans housing, and gulf coast recovery.

For more information, visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.

Media Contact: BCarter@rebuildingtogether.org (202) 518-3500

About Rebuilding Together Miami:
Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade chapter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that preserves homeownership and revitalizes neighborhoods by providing free of charge rehabilitation services to the elderly, veterans, disabled and low income homeowners. Through the support of corporate sponsors, local businesses and the hands-on work of volunteers, the organization donates approximately $250,000 in market value each year by focusing on home modifications, energy efficiency and safety concerns. The organization is part of a network of more than 204 affiliates and is the nation’s leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. For more information, visit www.rebuildingtogethermiami.org.

About Lowe’s:
Lowe’s is a proud supporter of Habitat for Humanity International, American Red Cross, United Way of America, and the Home Safety Council, in addition to numerous non-profit organizations and programs that help communities across the country. In 2008, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $25 million to support community and education projects in the United States and Canada. Lowe’s also encourages volunteerism through the Lowe’s Heroes program, a company-wide employee volunteer initiative. Lowe’s is a FORTUNE® 50 company with fiscal year 2008 sales of $48.2 billion and has more than 1,675 stores in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit Lowes.com/community.

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