Rebuilding Together is a non-profit organization that provides free home repairs to low-income homeowners, particularly seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and families with children. There are nearly 200 affiliates across the country and many provide year round repairs and home modifications. Each year on the last Saturday in April, thousands of volunteers across the country spend the day repairing the homes of needy members of the community who wouldn't be able to do the repairs without the help of Rebuilding Together.
Occupational therapy practitioners bring a special knowledge and expertise in home safety and modification to these projects that is frequently needed by older adults, family members, and remodelers. The primary goal of occupational therapy practitioners is to provide safer, more accessible home environments for residents. Recommending the appropriate location for grab bars, optimal lighting levels, the most suitable ramp incline, and other helpful suggestions are some of the ways that occupational therapy practitioners share their skills on project teams.
AOTA and Rebuilding Together encourage their members and affiliates to collaborate on home modification projects. Hundreds of OT practitioners and students provide volunteer services to Rebuilding Together affiliates throughout the year and particularly in preparation for their April Rebuilding Day.
Visit the Rebuilding Together Web Site for more information