What is Rebuilding Together Nashville’s (RTN) mission?
Our vision at RTN is a safe and healthy home for every person. Together, we transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing their communities.
Exactly what kinds of services does RTN provide?
Kaitlin: Everything from critical repairs and updating heating and air conditioning systems, to building wheelchair ramps and making accessibility modifications that allow seniors to age in place in their homes. Our primary goal is to help ensure the safety and health of homeowners and their families.
Whom does RTN benefit?
Kaitlin: We work with homeowners who simply can’t afford to make needed repairs and perform the upkeep that every home requires as well as senior citizens and disabled residents on fixed incomes.
What areas does RTN serve?
Kaitlin: Metropolitan Nashville and the greater Nashville region. We currently accept applications from homeowners in Cannon, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, and Wilson counties though much of our program funding for this year has us focused on serving homeowners in Davidson County.
How great is the need for the work your organization does?
Kaitlin: At any given time, we have a list of about 300 homeowners who need Rebuilding Together Nashville’s help. If it weren’t for our partners, sponsors, and volunteers, the list would be even longer.
What are your most pressing needs?
Kaitlin: Contributions to fund the work we do and volunteers to lend their time and expertise. We are a national organization with each Rebuilding Together affiliate functioning as a local 501(c) nonprofit raising its own operating dollars and is governed by a community-based volunteer Board of Directors. Financial donations are vital to our mission. We rely primarily on individuals, corporations, and grants for our basic operating support. In Nashville, in addition to our wonderful board, we are lucky to have many enthusiastic volunteers who donate their time on repair projects. We are always looking for both unskilled and skilled volunteers- especially plumbers, electricians, painters, framers and mold remediation specialists to donate their time and valuable expertise.
Kristen made a bold move to relocate to Nashville, TN for an internship at a cable television network (CMT). Due to her organizational and leadership skills, she quickly moved up the corporate ladder from Coordinator to Senior Manager of Production Operations. Her responsibilities at CMT prepared her to transition to the non-profit realm. This has been a long-time passion of hers, as she’s dedicated to serving others. Kristen graduated from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in 2004.
Owen has always wanted to get into the construction field since he was a young boy. Growing up in a family of skilled trade workers he has learned a lot about construction and is excited to use these skills to help people of Nashville through his service at Rebuilding Together. Originally from New Jersey, Owen graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, PA with a degree in Engineering Studies. He is very excited to spend this upcoming year in Nashville.