The regrettable closing of the Presbyterian Church in Crestline has resulted in an unexpected windfall from the sale of the property. The Presbytery of Riverside, acting for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is following its policy of tithing a portion of the property sale to a local non – profit. The Reverend Tom Rennard, the interim pastor at the closing of the church, recommended Rebuilding Together Mountain Communities receive this tithe to continue the work of repairing, restoring and revitalizing the homes of those in need in our mountain communities. RTMC received a check in the amount of $25,603.35.
RTMC has been blessed with unexpected gifts over the years from inside and outside the community many coming out of the blue to help just when we needed it. Because our affiliate is staffed by an all-volunteer board, with a minimum of expenses we can ensure that the money raised ends up in the community where it belongs.
When we struggle either as individuals or a nation, we often look to blame someone or something else. But when we give help, we come together. Rebuilding Together gives freely to our neighbors in need, some see renewed hope in our gift and others in the giving itself, Rebuilding Together is thankful for both and cherish the memories of Rebuilding Days past.
Now in our 27th year in the mountain communities, we are anxious to receive applications from needy homeowners, those needing home repairs on Rebuilding Day or emergency repairs right away. No matter whether you are applying for yourself, or a friend, contact us at:
Rebuilding Together Mountain Communities
P.O. Box 3540
Blue Jay Ca 92317
It’s time to start the 2021 Rebuilding Day preparations. This month we will receive the applications and will verify their information. Soon the home visits will start so we can evaluate the needs of each homeowner and the hard choices will be made to choose the final recipients. To do this we need community support […]
In May of 2020 Wells Fargo Foundation, in response to the Covid 19 pandemic, and a continuing effort to create affordable housing as well as keeping homeowners in their homes has, chosen over 500 non- profit organizations to receive monetary grants from the Wells Fargo Builds Fund. Rebuilding Together Mountain Communities thru our national organization has been chosen to receive a grant.
Grants usually have some spending guide lines and this is no exception. We have been directed to use our grant within the 2019/2020 fiscal year on a single property. With that in mind we looked back at our selection applications for the 2020 rebuilding day and a couple in Crestline popped up as the most likely candidate. They were reluctantly turned down for rebuilding day because of the cost of the roof replacement that was needed. It was hard to say no, as Peter was a Vet and a retired member of law enforcement and unfortunately has been crippled by a stroke. Lynne has been his advocate and caretaker since. Both have kept their sense of humor and hopefulness and fortunately, this grant will just cover the roof replacement. Their reaction was, “What a blessing and an answer to prayers!” Not an uncommon reaction from a recipient no mater the size or scope of the work.
Rebuilding Together Mountain Communities thanks the Wells Fargo Builds Fund for its commitment to affordable housing and maintaining homeowners in their homes in this new normal of covid 19. Our grant is a small piece of the $175 million-dollar additional amount pledged this year.