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Volunteer group rescues low-income houses

National Rebuilding Day makes life easier, safer for elderly, disabled

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The elderly caller to the radio program felt embarrassed–almost guilty–because her long list of household repair items seemed to be growing larger by the day. "Don't even think twice about it," said John Thuma, Northwest executive director of Rebuilding Together, a chapterof the nation's largest volunteer organization preserving and revitalizing low-income houses and communities. "You are absolutely the type of person we are hoping to help." Thuma, along with other affiliate leaders throughout the nation, are now processing applications for National Rebuilding Day, April 24. Rebuilding Together (formerly known as Christmas in April) performs home repair and maintenance services at no charge for low-income homeowners and non-profit facilities. The organization stretches to reach the elderly, disabled and families with children in an attempt to help them remain warm, safe and independent in their homes. Sponsors of the project range from small builders to Hollywood celeb...