Community Triumph

Success

The Menendez Residence

Mr. Menendez’s home was part of a block beautification project in Sulphur Springs. Volunteers from Lowes and Abundant Life Worship Center worked on revitalizing his home, along with three others; they painted his home exterior, did yard work and landscaping and installed a Healthy Home Kit. “The job is volunteers do is beautiful, perfect. I’m very grateful for what they’ve done.”

Smith Residence

Ms. Smith is an Army veteran. Her many decorations during her service include Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Army Lapel Button among others. Through our Residential Repairs and Rehabilitations program, she was able to receive a new HVAC system and a new roof for her and her daughter’s home.

The Lebron Residence

Thanks to our Residential Repairs and Rehabilitations program Mr. Lebron (70) received a new roof and new front and back doors to keep his home of 26 years safe, healthy and energy-efficient!

The McKay Residence 

Ms. McKay was delivered a new roof, a new HVAC system and had broken windows replaced as part of our program for Residential Repairs and Rehabilitations. These home improvements will ensure a healthier environment in which she can live in for many more years to come.

The Twohey Residence

Ms. Twohey served in the Navy many years, during which time she received the Navy Expeditionary Medal. Volunteers from DTCC helped revitalize her home by painting it, repairing the fence, installing new insulation and working on kitchen carpentry. “I’m amazed and appreciative of everyone at Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay.”

The Benson Residence 

Ms. Benson, who worked with the Red Cross and is an Army veteran, had volunteers from Home Depot improve her home; they reconstructed her bathroom, painted the home exterior and installed a new fence on her property.

The Crawford Residence

Mr. Crawford, who was enlisted and served through WWII, received both the Good Conduct and the WWII Victory Medal. Together, he and his wife of 68 years had their home revitalized; Team Depot volunteers worked on the landscaping, painting and reconstructing his bathroom with a new toilet and vanity.

The Gottleib Residence

Mr. Gottleib, 89, who was enlisted in the Navy during  WWII, had his home of 31 years rehabbed with RTTB and DPR volunteers. Volunteers made drywall repairs to ensure the home is safe and healthy for Mr. G to live in.

The Cruse Residence 

The Cruses are four generations of veterans who served in WWI, WWII, Vietnam and Bosnia and sacrificed much for our country. With the collaboration of partners, sponsors and volunteers the home has received repairs including but not limited to their roofing, electrical, plumbing, ceilings, kitchen, bathroom and porch repairs.

The Sellers Residence

Sellers is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and is a Good Conduct Medal recipient. He’s always had a great work ethic and was thankful for the fence replacement done by RTTB, MacDill Air Force base, Bayshore Baptist church and South Bay church volunteers to maintain city ordinances.

The Cook Residence

Ms. Cook is an Air Force veteran; she served her country and has always been willing to help her community and help animals. Her home was pressure washed and painted on the exterior, she had a Healthy Home Kit installed, interior door replaced, a new HVAC system and a new roof.

The Hinson Residence

For Mr. Hinson, this house has been his home since childhood. He grew up here until he enlisted in the Air Force and served our country for several years. When he came back he dedicated himself to caring for his mother and now that he lives alone he’s very much grateful for all the help he’s gotten from both Team Depot and Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay. From these joined forces he was able to get his home painted, a remodeled bathroom, landscaping, front porch repairs, a new shed and window frames repaired.

The Brifil Residence

Ms. Brifil traveled to the U.S. in the ‘80s looking for the American Dream from her home country Haiti with her children. She was able to buy her home by working several jobs and cooking for projects in her area; all her hard work was worth it for her family, which has since then grown. She was able to have electrical and plumbing work and a new HVAC!

The Formolo Residence

Mr. Formolo is an Army veteran and a Purple Heart recipient, among other decorations such as a recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, World War II Ribbon, and Europe African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon. He had carpentry work done on his home, cabinets included, electrical work, he got a mower and a shed as well as flooring work. He’s very thankful to all the Team Depot volunteers and RTTB!

The Carswell Residence

Mr. and Mrs. Carswell feel that they are truly blessed to receive the help. They have been striving to make ends meet, keep their children safe, happy, and content, which is their primary goal. It took them five long years to find their dream home for their family. They were able to receive smoke detectors to keep their home safe, their home exterior painted, and a new AC unit.

The Cain Residence

Mr. and Mrs. Cain are both disabled Vietnam veterans. They served a combined 20 years in the Army (Mrs. Cain) and in the Navy (Mr. Cain). They got married in order to stay together while enlisted and have been together for the past 26 years. They received honorable discharges with awards, including Kuwaiti Freedom Medal, Navy and Army Commendation Medal, Presidential letters, among several others.

Franklin Residence

Mr. Franklin, age 68, and his wife, Dorene, have been living in their Sulphur Springs residence for the last eight years. Mrs. Franklin currently works as a mechanical clerk while Michael worked as a cab driver for many years before he retired. Mr. Franklin moved to the Sunshine State from California over 32 years ago while Mrs. Franklin, a native Ohioan, moved to Florida 30 years ago. What attracted them most about their home was its affordability for a new build. They are starting to see the effects of an aging house despite being a newer dwelling. The Franklins are extremely thankful to RTTB and CBRE for providing home improvements as they find it difficult to afford the repairs and upkeep.

Gonzalez Residence

Mrs. Gonzalez, age 87, has lived in her Sulphur Springs residence for 27 years. Both she and her now deceased husband moved to Chicago from Puerto Rico in 1988. A couple of years later, they moved to Florida due to her husband’s arthritis and for the warm weather. Ms. Gonzalez was a homemaker and since the passing of her husband, her sole source of income is his retirement and her disability benefits. Mrs. Gonzalez lives alone and has a difficult time maintaining her home. Nonetheless, she does her best. She is tremendously thankful to RTTB for providing much needed help by delivering the installation of the Healthy Home Kit. “I’m so thankful for all of your help. My children are in Chicago and due to my age, I’m unable to complete most of the repairs I need in my home,” said Mrs. Gonzalez.

Morse residence

Dow and Paula Morse, ages 67 and 51, respectively, have been living in their Sulphur Springs home for the past seven years. Mr. Morse is currently out of work and about to retire. He worked as a truck driver for over 18 years and loved getting to know different places around the continental U.S. and meeting new people in the process. Mrs. Morse, unfortunately, is currently on disability from her post as a medical assistant. She loved helping people with their medical needs. Mr. and Mrs. Morse are both native Tampanians, which is a rarity. They are thankful to RTTB for thinking about them to improve their home by installing the Healthy Home Kit.

Black residence

Mrs. Black, age 61, has been living in her Sulphur Springs home for more than nine years. As a result of a herniated disc in her cervical and lumbar region, Ms. Black is currently on disability. However, she attends a training program called Experience Work, a program that provides skill sets such as computer skills to adults so they are able to rejoin the workforce. Ms. Black worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for many years and loved her profession as she was able to help people who could not otherwise take care after themselves. “I am so grateful to RTTB for their help. I feel overwhelmed and excited about the home improvements,” said Mrs. Black.

Patterson residence

John Patterson, age 39, has been living in his Sulphur Springs home for almost two years. He’s a proud homeowner loves the proximity of the Hillsborough River to his home. He chose Sulphur Springs as his neighborhood mainly because of his home’s affordability. Mr. Patterson is passionate about cooking and culinary arts. This was Mr. Patterson’s first time learning about RTTB and finds the Building a Healthier Sulphur Springs program unique and helpful. He is tremendously grateful to be a recipient of the Healthy Home Kit and looks forward to maintain his home safe and healthy for many years to come.

King residence

Larry King, age 67, bought his St. Petersburg house in 1994 which he shares with his son, Larry King Jr. Mr. King retired after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy due to injuries sustained while in combat in Vietnam. His last duty assignment and major combat was at the 2nd Battalion 7th Marines in the 1st Marine Division, Rank HM3. He was a Hospitalman third class combat medic responsible for rescuing wounded marines. During one of those rescue missions, Mr. King lost his leg and his right eye. He received training at the Hospital Corps Schools Class A and the Field Medical Service School. In 1970, he was honorably released from active military service. Mr. King is a Purple Heart recipient. He also received the Navy Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Marine Corps Device and Combat Action Ribbon.

He is a native New Yorker and moved to St. Petersburg 21 years ago. He really enjoys his home as it’s spacious and comfortable. He values homeownership and tries to do what he can to maintain his home; however, it has become increasingly difficult due to his age and disabilities. He’s tremendously thankful to RTTB and Booz Allen Hamilton for thinking of him and providing the help he needs with his home. “I think it’s fantastic what RTTB and Booz Allen Hamilton are doing for me. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without their help. I don’t know how to express my gratitude. I’m very appreciative,” said Mr. King.

Meskin residence

Mr. Meskin, age 68, has been living in his home for over 17 years. He is a retired Army veteran and former police officer. While in the Army, he served at the Infantry Division at the 11th Foxtrot 30 Specialty as an E6 Staff Sergeant. Mr. Meskin currently runs a nonprofit organization focused on rebuilding bicycles to provide veterans in need of a transportation medium. He also created Project Hero, a program that provides modified bicycles for disabled veterans. Mr. Meskin also developed an online newspaper called Veterans Post News, providing important information to veterans about valuable existing resources in the community.

He moved to Florida in 1961 from Brooklyn, New York. In 1991, he bought his home in St. Petersburg. He loves his neighborhood and he expresses how St. Pete is a place that has it all. “I feel like God sent RTTB just at the right time. My roof is badly leaking, so this is a blessing. Thanks to Pepsi for taking the time to help me repair my home. This will help me continue to do what I do in my community – helping veterans,” said Mr. Meskin.

Evans residence

Mrs. Evans, age 73, has been living in her home for over 40 years. She’s the widow of Ralph Murphy Evans, a preacher and U.S. Air Force veteran who was stationed in Iraq, Germany, Japan and Alaska. Military tradition runs in their family. Her daughter, Jaihde, has been serving in the Army for the past 24 years. Mrs. Evans retired in 1990 due to health issues including hypertension and sleep apnea. She worked as a long distance operator in St. Petersburg for over 17 years.

Wanting to be closer to her sister, Mrs. Evans moved from Mississippi to Florida in 1962. In 1973, she purchased her home which was conveniently located to her job in Downtown St. Petersburg.

She’s grateful for the help she is receiving to improve the conditions of her home and thanks RTTB and sponsors for the help. In her own words: “I’ve been praying for this for many years. I would like to thank you a million and may God bless you all.”

Rodgers residence

Elsie Rodgers, age 79, has lived in Sulphur Springs since 1954. She’s now retired, but once worked at a nursing home for 31 years. She shares her home with her granddaughter, Patricia Whitt, age 29.

Mrs. Rodgers is looking forward to the home repairs. “It’s something that I really need and I’m happy I can receive this help.”

George residence

Contessa George, age 42, is originally from Inverness, FL. When her parents moved to Tampa, it became more difficult to see them on a regular basis because of the distance. In 2004, she moved to Tampa and purchased her home in Sulphur Springs. Mrs. George loves her home as it has all of the space she needs. She says it’s not her ideal home, but it’s the best she can afford at the time.For the past two years, Mrs. George has worked for a nursing home. It’s a great fit for her as she enjoys taking care of the elderly.

“I think it’s great to have organizations like Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay providing help to people in this neighborhood. We really need it.”

Singletary residence

Ruthee Singletary, age 39, is a single mother of four children. Mrs. Singletary moved into her home 15 years ago. She says living in Sulphur Springs was rough at first, but she likes the neighborhood now. She helps out her neighbors whenever she can. What she likes most about her home is that it’s completely hers and she can enjoy it with her children.

She’s worked as a labor and delivery nurse for the past 14 years. When asked what she enjoys most about her job, she says “I love delivering babies!”

Cheung residence

Mr. Hung Cheung, age 75, and his wife, Ching Cheung, age 64, moved to the U.S. from China in 1968 and 1967, respectively. Mr. Cheung worked as a cook and Mrs. Cheung worked in the bakery at a local Walmart. They are now retired due to problems with their leg muscles. They’ve lived in their current home for the past 40 years and live comfortably in their home.

Quiles residence

Gilbert Quiles III, age 31, lives with his wife and two children. He and his wife are originally from Puerto Rico. As his family name indicates, he is a 3rd generation Gilbert Quiles. Interestingly enough, his home was also owned by his father and grandfather. Mr. Quiles works as a maintenance custodian at Tampa International Airport.

“Thanks for the home improvements. It’s of great help,” said Mr. Quiles.

Volunteer Success Stories!

“Volunteering with Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay with, whether it’s Sulphur Springs initiative, block parties, or what project is going on with veterans, and it pairs up with what the Lowes motto is as a company, which is to help people love where they live. It’s good to give back to the community.” Joe, Lowes- Jan. 14th- E. Idell Street.

 

“I volunteer because I feel in my hear it’s the right thing to do.” – Member of Abundant Life Worship Center – Jan. 14th 2017 E. Idell Street.

 

“Serving the community in this capacity give me an opportunity to engage and interact with  community residents.  To walk alongside people, exercise and feel better physically and mentally in the process.  Then, hopefully I’ll see the roses that appear through the concrete.” – Belinda Bowers, Abundant Life Worship Center- Nov. 18th 2016 Mulberry N. blitz.

 

“I truly believe that we were appointed- we were sent by God to help revitalize Sulphur Springs. That’s why I do what I do.”- Laura/Ludy, Abundant Life Worship Center- Nov. 18th Mulberry N. Blitz.

 

“Every business needs to give back to their community to thrive. That has been our philosophy since day one. Give back to the community that gives to you. Building respect and a good reputation in the community is a key ingredient to our success.

Leaders of our company in the past identified needs within the community and filled the void when we were blessed and able to do so. Fast forward many years later, we no longer have to seek out potential businesses or organizations to assist. They come to us in mass numbers. Although we can’t assist everyone, we will help where and when we can. Not because it’s good business… because it’s the right thing to do.” – Rich Allen, Team Farrell- Oct. 13th, 2016 Cruse veteran home rehab.

 

“Thank you for organizing this project! We had a great time and as always, when you set out to help someone, you end up receiving more blessing than them…” – Lynn Trujillo, CBRE employee – Sept 15th, 2016 HRTSOV Event

 

“The Bay Area Apartment Association was pleased to work with RTTB on National Rebuild Day 2016! The sense of accomplishment when helping your fellow community members cannot be beat. We loved the hands-on work that made an immediate difference in the lives of those around us. Please count us in for next year!” – Krystal Ferm, Bay Area Apartment Association employee – April 30th, 2016 NRD BAHSS Event

 

“It was amazing seeing all the various organizations come together for a common cause. I can tell you that our Lowe’s team really enjoyed coming out there to help people love where they live.” – Joe Chappell, Lowe’s employee – April 30th, 2016 NRD BAHSS Event

 

“It always feels great to work with RTTB revitalizing Tampa.”  –  Bank of America employee – April 30th, 2016 NRD BAHSS Event

 

“DTCC is proud to work with Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay. It’s so rewarding to see the impact of our work in the local community.”  –  DTCC employee – March 11th, 2016 BAHSS Event

 

“This project has been such a great experience. Our whole team was amazed at how much we can transform a home when we work together. It was also nice to have the homeowner there with us so we could get a better appreciation of the impact of our work.” – DTCC employee – March 11th, 2016 BAHSS Event

 

“Seeing how excited and grateful the homeowner was actually made me grateful for the opportunity to help her. It was a win-win!” –  DTCC employee – March 11th, 2016 BAHSS Event

 

“Good people doing good things.” – University of Tampa student – November 7th, 2015 HRTSOV Event

 

“It is a great thing to participate in helping another.” – Steven Gilbey, Fifth Third Bank employee – November 6th, 2015 HRTSOV Event

 

“Wharton’s NHS had a great time working together with all the people at the event!” –  Madi Florence, Wharton HS student – October 24th, 2015 BAHSS Event

 

“The event was well organized and we were well equipped to do our various jobs. It made it easy to serve.” – Volunteer – October 24th, 2015 BAHSS Event

 

“It’s really gratifying that I can come in and make a difference in someone’s life quickly. I also enjoy that the impact is noticeable immediately.” – William (Americorps Volunteer) – October 17th, 2015 City of Tampa Event

 

“Fantastic. It’s good to see the appreciation from the homeowner and the willingness from them to volunteer and help another family – RTTB good job.” – Volunteer – May 30th, 2015 BAHSS Event

 

“Always willing to help RTTB when my schedule permits.” – Volunteer – May 30th, 2015 BAHSS Event

 

“It was very rewarding.” – SunTrust employee – Oct 25th, 2013 Event

 

“Working with RTTB helped me help Tampa be a nicer place to live.”-  Atkins employee – June 22nd, 2013 Event

 

“Even 4 hours can help rebuild a part of our community.” – Atkins employee – June 22nd, 2013 Event

Sponsor Success Stories!

 

“Foresters Financial differs from many financial services companies because we are driven by our purpose—to help everyday families in towns and cities across North America—not only with their financial health, but also with their overall family well-being. We’re proud to organize and support community projects in the local communities where our members live.” – Sharon Gwozdz, Senior Associate, Foresters Financial.

 

“Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay’s Affordable Housing Program is committed to ensuring deserving people and families have a safe place to call home while also improving local neighborhoods. BankUnited is proud to support Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay and their vital role in our community.” – Ian Norkin, Retail Executive, BankUnited.

 

“Programs like this address one of the most fundamental necessities for anyone trying to build a secure financial future – a home. We’re committed to helping create sustainable homeownership for all because we know that it’s necessary for sustainable communities.” – Bill Goede, Tampa Bay president, Bank of America.

 

“The success of this program is a direct result of the partnerships and collaborations we have with generous organizations like Bank of America. This award will allow us to deliver much needed revitalization efforts in Sulphur Springs, immediately improving the quality-of-life for residents and ensuring the long-term growth of the neighborhood.”- RTTB Board President, Carol Austin.

 

“Allegany Franciscan Ministries is proud to support the Building a Healthier Sulphur Springs initiative. Education on healthy, safe and up to code homes promotes healthy families, safe neighborhoods and community pride.” – Jessica Gonzalez, Allegany Franciscan Ministries Program Officer