Rebuild Upstate is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Upstate South Carolina low-income homeowners with home repairs and accessibility improvements to create safe, livable housing in existing homes and neighborhoods.
Frequently Asked Questions about Rebuild Upstate
Having safe, livable housing leads to a higher quality of life, increased focus on education and employment, and improves access to healthcare leading to healthier people. Substandard housing works against these things and Rebuild Upstate is here to work against substandard housing for low-income people who, without our help, could not escape having dilapidated, inaccessible housing.
All of the residents we work with are considered low-income and without the ability to economically afford repairs or accessibility improvements to their homes. Typically our homeowners fall into one of three segments: low-income families with children in the home, seniors age 60 and older, and people with disabilities.
The two main types of projects are home repairs and accessibility improvements. Home repairs can range from small plumbing repairs to replacing a roof or replacing the entire flooring of a home. Accessibility improvements range from installing grab bars and railings for vulnerable populations to building wheel chair ramps for those with disabilities.
Because all of Rebuild Upstate’s projects are completed by skilled and unskilled people volunteering their time, our costs are limited to the actual cost of materials and the overhead it takes us to operate, supervise, insure, and manage our projects. Some small repairs, such as minor plumbing or small railings, can be as inexpensive as $50. Others, including large ramps, replacing a roof, or flooring an entire home can be upwards of several thousand dollars.
We are proud to have a diverse funding model comprised of individuals, corporations, foundations, local churches, and small businesses that support our organization. Additionally, we partner with local governmental agencies to secure funding to serve specific populations of residents.
Nearly one hundred nonprofit agencies, governmental programs, churches, and other programs refer homes to Rebuild Upstate for us to serve. Additionally, we have individuals who will contact us directly seeking assistance. In 2014, we received approximately fifteen hundred requests for assistance.
Our services are currently focused on residents of Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens Counties in Upstate South Carolina.
Our offices are located at 601 Green Avenue in downtown Greenville, SC. However, our staff is typically working in the field – making our “offices” on-location at the homeowner we’re serving that day! Appointments with our staff are available by request and contact information can be found on our website.
Corporations, small businesses, church and community groups, and school groups are all perfect volunteer teams to work on Rebuild Upstate projects.
Absolutely. We have several teams of individual volunteers, including skilled volunteers who focus on specific needs like plumbing, electrical, project planning, and carpentry. Skills or no skills, individuals can visit our website and complete a volunteer application to discuss opportunities with one of our team members.
Currently our team operates with four employees, three part-time and one full-time. Each year these employees are joined by several hundred volunteers (including one-day volunteer groups and individual volunteers who work year-round).
Donations can be made on our website (rebuildupstate.org) or by mailing them to Rebuild Upstate at PO Box 8693, Greenville, SC 29604. Donations are tax deductible. To inquire about planned giving or gifts of appreciated stock, contact Judy Outlaw at [email protected]