When the Covid 19 quarantine began, everything, everywhere, came to a screeching halt.
Everything except need.
Need never takes a break.
One thing that the quarantine did very quickly, was to magnify where the need was the largest.
They called it “Food insecurities”.
feedingamerica.org defines food insecurities as “a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life. Food insecurity is one way we can measure and assess the risk of hunger.”
With all businesses closed, and the inability to leave their homes, those affected, found themselves in worse condition than they were in before.
Rebuilding Together Muscatine County, like everyone else, had their ability to serve as usual, curtailed.
Rebuilding Together Muscatine County’s Executive Director, Frank Iliff, heard of this major need.
Looking to continue serving in the community, because “It Just Needs Done”, he began to seek where he could be the most help to the community.
Through his connections with United Way, he found that he could help in food delivery around town, redistributing overstock from HyVee and other local merchants to local food pantries.
MCSA, The Salvation Army food pantries have benefited from these deliveries, and many families have been helped through these efforts.
This Saturday, another opportunity will be made available to the public.
Rebuilding Together Muscatine County will partner with MCSA and the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box initiative.
All the details you need are as follows.
THIS SATURDAY – OCTOBER 24
Spread the word!
MCSA will be hosting a Free Food Box Distribution on Saturday 10/24.
Come get yours!
Locations & Times for Box Pick-Up:10am – 1pm.
Staff and volunteers will set up distribution stations at the following areas:
Ripley’s Mobile Home Park in main parking lot
Van Acker’s/L&B/Gaslight Mobile Home Parks in main parking lot
M&W Mobile Home Park along entry road
Louisa Court Mobile Home Park along entry road
Downtown Muscatine in Richie Sound & Lights Parking Lot 818 E 8th St
MCSA at 312 Iowa Ave
1pm – 4pm: Open community distribution at Crossroads, 1424 Houser Street.
This location is for folks who did not visit one of the other sites.
Please SHARE to get the word out to our community!
Remember when your momma told you that “Slow and steady wins the race”?
Well here at Rebuilding Together Muscatine County, we are taking that bit of wisdom to heart.
During the past month, RTMC has helped a homeowner with some gutter issues, assuring that their home will remain dry. We have also been able to supply a homeowner with a much-needed ramp for his home.
RTMC is being very cautious to abide by the current CDC guidelines for the COVID19 pandemic.
Slow is the most important part here. Slow enough to check what each guideline is, and how it can be met. Our goal is to keep our homeowners, and our volunteers safe.
Steady. Did I mention RTMC’s steady stream of financial donors? They are there. In the background. Every month. Quietly and steadily helping to keep RTMC running with their finances. We could not do what we do without them!
If you would like to join them, you can click the PayPal button in the top right-hand corner of the website.
Steady. The board of RTMC is steadily working behind the scenes with eyes toward expanding their reach to more of those requiring their services.
October 26 – 30, the board will be attending, via Zoom, the Rebuilding Together Training Institute.
They meet yearly to discuss different strategies for making Rebuilding Together affiliates nationwide more accessible and relevant to those it wishes to serve.
Getting together to share new ideas, and raise our sights is always an exciting time. Meeting via Zoom should be no different.
While the world seems to have ground to a halt by COVID19, your Rebuilding Together, although not actively doing any projects, has not ceased in it’s behind the scenes work.
We are actively spreading the word about what we do, and are still seeking grants, donations, and other forms of backing. In this way, when the world opens back up again – We’ll be ready!
Here is the latest impact statement from our corporate office;
Survey Finds Rebuilding Together’s Repair Work Positively Impacts Low-Income Families
Data indicate improvements for service recipients in areas of safety, physical health, mental health, independence, economic security, and community connection
July 06, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 8, 2020 – Today, Rebuilding Together released the results of its pilot impact measurement survey designed to assess the effectiveness of the organization’s core practice model. Affiliates surveyed service recipients and conducted home assessments before and after repairs, using a checklist of 25 safe and healthy housing principles. The results indicate that work done by Rebuilding Together’s affiliates achieved positive outcomes across all categories included in the survey: safety, physical health, mental health, independence, economic security, and community connection.
Results from the survey included the following:
Seven in 10 neighbors who received repairs report low or no chance of falling.
Nearly two-thirds of neighbors who reported their health was less than good before repairs said their health improved after the repairs were completed.
Three in five neighbors who received repairs report feeling happier, and almost 90 percent of the most stressed respondents feel less stress about home repairs and maintenance after receiving repairs.
Nine in 10 neighbors who received repairs plan to age in place.
More than three-quarters of neighbors who received repairs plan to pass their properties down to family or friends.
Three in five neighbors who received repairs say their homes are now more valuable as an asset.
The full report can be viewed on Rebuilding Together’s website: https://rebuildingtogether.org/our-impact
“The results of Rebuilding Together’s impact measurement survey show home repairs enable our neighbors to stay in their homes safely, creating a ripple effect of positive change,” said Caroline Blakely, president & CEO of Rebuilding Together. “A safe and healthy home strengthens our mental and physical health, fosters independence, increases upward mobility, and causes community connection to thrive. We’re encouraged to see that the survey results speak to the efficacy of our mission and will continue to follow these indicators in the years to come.”
To measure the impact on homeowners themselves, Rebuilding Together affiliates surveyed the clients they served in five months. The survey asked about changes they may have experienced since repairs were made. The project was executed throughout 2019 in partnership with external evaluator Actionable Insights.