Friday, February 5, 2016

Rebuilding Together Seattle

I recently invited Executive Director Nicole Ferrer to speak to my University District Rotary Club about Rebuilding Together Seattle. Rebuilding Together Seattle is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free home repairs for low income homeowners and nonprofit facilities.  Most people have heard of Habitat for Humanity, but are unfamiliar with RTS. Habitat builds new homes to move people into homeownership, but they do no repairs of existing houses.
Nicole is a native Pacific Northwesterner, born and raised in South Seattle. She has devoted the last 15 years of her life to working on social issues affecting under-represented populations. Specifically, Nicole has worked with at-risk youth, those suffering from mental health and substance abuse issues, and those who are chronically under- or unemployed. Before joining Rebuilding Together, Nicole served as the Executive Director of ANEW; a non-profit organization that trains women for non-traditional skilled occupations within the construction industry. Community involvement has always been a priority for Nicole. In 2012, she received the Sam Reed Washington Secretary of State Leadership Award, and in 2014, she received the Washington Women in Trades Advocate Award.

RTS serves low income homeowners who are elderly, disabled, families with children, and veterans in need by helping homeowners stay in their homes.  Rebuilding Together Seattle was founded in 1989 and is part of the Rebuilding Together national organization, with over 160 affiliates across the country. 


Together RTS transforms the lives of low income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities.


A safe and healthy home for every person.


RTS has developed and put forth these five values as a framework for operations and a testimony to the identity they strive to exemplify.  Each of these values hold both personal and collective importance to the RTS staff and Board, and seek to express the traditions the organization keeps near.
1. Service to a Cause Greater than Self
2. Teamwork
3. Continuous Improvement
4. Compassion
5. Respect

Here are the details on an upcoming fundraiser for RTS:
Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Place: Grand Hyatt, Seattle
Time: 7:30am – 8:30am
Cost: Free (with a suggested donation)
Purpose: To raise funds to ensure all low-income homeowners can remain safe and healthy in their homes

For more information on Rebuilding Together Seattle, visit their website at

Happy Investing!

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