The saying that “good things happen to those who wait” holds true for the Henry County Rebuilding Together organization. After three years of planning and fundraising, RTHC staff volunteers have moved into their new home, a newly constructed building in Atkinson.
Sarah Snyder, Executive Director of RTHC, is at home in her new office in the building, located at the corner of Church Street and US Route 6…. the Geneseo school district and its proximity to the rest of Henry County.
“We have raised approximately $ 500,000 in cash and in-kind donations in just under a year,” Snyder said. “We are grateful that our fundraiser ended just as Covid -19 shut down our community. Construction took a little longer due to supply and personnel shortages, but the new facility is currently operational.
The new facility replaces six to seven other locations where RTHC has had offices, storage space and workshops, donated space and rental space, Snyder said.
“Imagine running a business at six different locations,” she said. “This is what Rebuilding Together has been doing for many years. In order to serve our growing mission, we had to be more efficient. This building will allow all of our operations to be in one place.
The 6,000 square foot building includes offices and conference rooms, a workshop and a materials storage room. The store space in the new building is also used for the construction of wheelchairs and is used by volunteers.
“The storage space also gives us room for our new program which allows us to loan suitable medical equipment to those in need,” Snyder said, adding that donations of suitable medical equipment in good condition are currently accepted. by the RTHC.
Snyder said there was a need for wheelchairs, walkers, canes, shower chairs and tub transfer seats.
For more information on the REUSE Medical Equipment Loan Program, call Snyder at 309-944-6442 or email him at [email protected]
Rebuilding Together Henry County has a long and rich history in the area and Snyder shared some of the stats: a market value of over $ 1.9 million. We have installed over 240 ramps for our neighbors in Henry County who have limited ability to access their homes – again at no cost to recipients. “
“Our fire safety program has installed smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers in more than 100 homes,” Snyder said. “Now that the new building is complete, we can resume the fire safety program and develop the new adapted medical equipment loan program which is currently in the early stages of implementation. For more information about the organization, visit www.rebuildingtogether-hc.org or [email protected]