Founded in 1992, the Springfield affiliate of Rebuilding Together performs, free of charge, critical home repairs to the homes and non-profit facilities of low-income families with children, the elderly, veterans and people with disabilities.
One of 200 non-profit Rebuilding Together affiliates nationwide, we leverage the investments of Springfield-area donors, grantors and volunteers to make significant home repairs that stabilize neighborhoods, strengthen the tax base, and allow elderly homeowners to "age in place."
We're getting ready for the 2nd Annual Green-N-Fit Neighborhood Cluster Rebuild on Saturday, April 26, 2014!
In the last year, we've rebuilt 46 homes across Springfield, including 25 homes and 4 community facility improvement projects at the 2013 Green-N-Fit Neighborhood Cluster Rebuild on Tyler Street. 70+ sponsors, 27 major funders, 50 individual donors, and 2,500 volunteers made neighborhood revitalization a reality - Thank you so much!
By repairing homes, we preserve affordable housing and revitalize communities. Springfield homeowners can live in warmth, safety, and independence.
We're growing fast! Every year, our budget, staffing, board leadership and number of homeowners served continues to rise.
With your help - as a donor, sponsor, or volunteer - we're successful in our mission to provide safe and healthy homes in Springfield and revitalize city neighborhoods.
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BusinessWest, the business journal of Western Massachusetts, has selected Rebuilding Together Executive Director Colleen Loveless as a Difference Maker!
This prestigious honor recognizes the effectiveness that she has had in expanding Rebuilding Together's impact and helping to preserve home ownership for so many Springfield residents and families over the past five years.
As BusinessWest Editor George O'Brien wrote in the Feb. 10 edition of the magazine:
"The crowded whiteboards in the conference room have become one indicator of what Loveless has accomplished since she became the first executive director of this office more than four years ago and promptly began taking it to another, much higher level. But there are many others.
Most are to be found in the office's front lobby. There hang collections of photographs chronicling last April's cluster rebuild, as well as a recent project to rehab a transitional facility for 12 homeless veterans on Maple Court, and another to repair and refurbish 25 homes damaged by the June 2011 tornado that tore a path of destruction through the city. There's also a shot of Loveless being presented with the Booze Allen Hamilton Management Excellence Award in 2012 as the top affiliate among the more than 200 chapters nationwide.
Beyond the photos, though, there are numbers, and many of them, to quantify what Loveless has accomplished in her tenure. She has grown the affiliate from being the 149th largest of the agency's chapters to the 18th largest, and from nine home projects and a $130,000 budget to a high of 71 rebuilds (in 2012) and a $612,000 budget. Using a formula of leveraging an additional $4 in monetary and in-kind donations for every dollar spent, that adds up to an annual investment of more than $3 million in Springfield's housing stock, which has made the City of Homes more deserving of that historic moniker."
Colleen Loveless and the Class of 2014 Difference Makers will be honored at a dinner celebration on March 20, at 5 p.m., at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Business West at (413) 781-8600 x100.
Develop Springfield Partner in Progress Award
Colleen Loveless will be honored with the Partner in Progress Award by Develop Springfield at their 3rd Annual Celebrate Springfield Dinner, on March 12, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the MassMutual Center.
"I feel very honored, and could not have done it without a supportive board of directors, hardworking and dedicated staff and our hundreds of sponsors and thousands of volunteers," Colleen said.
At the dinner, the non-profit urban redevelopment agency Develop Springfield will recognize Rebuilding Together Executive Director Colleen Loveless and two other individuals for their leadership efforts toward revitalization in Springfield.
The other honorees are Terry Powe, Principal of Elias Brookings Elementary School, and Mark Tolosky, President and CEO of Baystate Health.