Dolphins Foundation Helps Area Seniors Rebuild
For Immediate Release
September 5, 2013
MIAMI, Fla. Now that football season has officially started, the Miami Dolphins Foundation, Rebuilding Together Miami and 758th Engineer Company of the U.S. Army helped renovate the home of a senior citizen in Miami.
Miami Dolphins players Nolan Carroll, Brandon Fields, Nate Garner along with the Miami Dolphins Women's Organization and other volunteers donned hard hats to particpate in the project. Imagine the look on Ruby Grant's face, the senior that recently celebrated her 101st birth- day and was the recipient of the home renovation project.
This is the first year Rebuilding Together Miami partnered with the Miami Dolphins. The franchise arranged for Sears to deliver an electric range stove, refrigerator and microwave for the house. At the end of a couple of days work, the residence was completed.
"We combined with the 758th Engineer Company of the U.S. Army Reserves. They did a complete makeover of the house with new floors, kitchen, baths, ADA assessable, plumbing, electrical, and carpentry. The Dolphins sponsored the building materials and did the painting and landscaping completing the work in one day," Donna Fales, executive director of Rebuilding Together Miami, said.
Since August 2013, Rebuilding Together Miami has renovated 44 residences. There is an application and interview process to get on the list. The individual must certain criteria.
"We have a waiting list of 100 people now until we get the funding to do these houses. The average yearly income level of homeowners we serve is $22,800. The average age is age 70 usually on a fix income as Social Security," Fales said.
The purpose of Rebuilding Together Miami is to preserve affordable housing and keep seniors in their homes where they will feel safe. These modest houses are of net worth and handed down by generations.
Rebuilding Together Miami was founded after Hurricane Andrew and has roughly 200 affiliates around the country.
By David Udoff
Credit: Hi-Rise Society
For additional information visit www.rebuildingtogethermiami.org.
ABOUT REBUILDING TOGETHER Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade chapter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization 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 200 affiliates and is the nation's leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. For more information, visit www.rebuildingtogethermiami.org.
Donna Fales, Executive Director
Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc.