Rebuilding Together Returns!
On April 25, our valued community partner, Rebuilding Together North Suburban Chicago, returned to Rimland. Nearly a year to the day after their wonderful efforts on behalf of the Developmental Training Center on April 26, 2104, Rebuilding Together once again coordinated the efforts of 35 volunteers from Evanston’s First Presbyterian Church to paint Emerson House, which houses four male residents and has been part of the Rimland network since 2010. The newly painted residence is now consistent with the colors standard throughout Rimland living spaces and facilities. Even more volunteers were poised to work on external improvements to four additional residences on that day, but inclement weather forced us to postpone those activities for another time. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Rebuilding Together North Suburban Chicago and First Presbyterian Church Evanston for their generous spirits and valuable contributions.
Springing Forward with Rebuilding Together
On Saturday, April 26, Rimland’s Developmental Training Center welcomed a visit from valued community partner Rebuilding Together North Suburban Chicago. Rebuilding Together is a national nonprofit organization that provides repairs and renovations for low-income families and communities throughout the United States. Each year, Rebuilding Together organizes Give Back Day, an initiative dedicated to matching sponsor organizations with nonprofit facilities in need of repair and improvements. For this spring’s Give Back Day, Rebuilding Together North Chicago coordinated the efforts of 130 volunteers from First Presbyterian Church of Evanston and Sojourner Covenant Church of Evanston on behalf of Rimland’s Developmental Training Program.
The volunteers worked alongside Rimland staff members and families painting doors, classroom walls, and the large, open areas between the classrooms. The colors in these areas are now consistent with the new colors standard throughout Rimland facilities and residences. Participants also replaced doors and damaged ceiling tiles and made much-needed repairs throughout the Developmental Training Center. Some of the volunteers worked with lead artist Katy Ingle to paint a mural along the wall of the open area in the Developmental Training Center. The mural features a soothing design of lily pads floating on a pond.
In addition to their participation with the adult volunteers in renovations and repairs, the youth volunteers created specially designed gift boxes for Rimland’s direct support professionals. The handmade boxes included candy, gift cards, and personalized thank-you notes for the staff’s hard work.