Stories

Creating Change

One Life at a Time

While affordable housing is often looked at on a very large scale, the issue is perhaps best understood in terms of individual lives changed. Because even though our goal is to create strong, sustainable communities across the board, we have to start small. One person at a time. One life at a time.

Explore the impact that Rebuild Upstate has had over the years by reading about some of our homeowners’ and volunteers’ experiences.

Ms. Paulette’s Story

Ms. Paulette isn’t one to sit back and watch things get worse. When her 50-year-old home needed critical repairs, this Upstate native reached out for support. Her windows were losing heat and her floors and bathroom were a tripping hazard. Rebuild Upstate worked with Ms. Paulette and local volunteers to…

Who Will Answer the Call?

Rebuild Upstate receives around 1,500 calls to our helpline every year. This video gives a little insight into what those calls are like, and just how much our neighbors need our help.

Ms. Tabitha’s Story

Before volunteers performed repairs on her home, Ms. Tabitha and her children were on their way to being homeless. She couldn’t even turn on a light switch or flush her toilets. Rebuild Upstate helped her in her time of need, even when she had nowhere else to turn.

A Productive Hands on Greenville Day

Extending A Helping Hand Rebuild Upstate was proud to host two projects during the annual Hands on Greenville (HOG) Day which took…

Stetson Students Go Above and Beyond

Rather than hitting the beach to soak up the sun, six students from Stetson University, located in Deland, FL, dedicated their…

Lifting a Burden

Hannah Crawford was nearing her 75th birthday, but she didn’t feel much like celebrating. Her husband had been ill for…

Help Without A Hammer

Making the Most of Her Time: Lisa Hendrix on Volunteering A few years ago, Lisa Hendrix of Belton, SC, found herself unable to work. Lisa suddenly had  plenty of time on her hands – time she didn’t want to waste. “I went on full­time disability, and then I started praying about what I could do with my time.” A short time later, Lisa approached friend and fellow church ­attendee Nick Kulick,…

From Ties to T-Shirts

For O’Neal employees, serving the community is just part of the job. Employees of O’Neal, Inc., a local manufacturing engineering…

Serving Together

Projects in a Box are usually requested for 8 to 10 employees. NAI Earle Furman requested a Project in a Box…

Called to Think

Volunteer Spotlight: Jonathan Parker Onboarding new volunteers takes fighting our culture of chronic busyness. So how do we find our…

Floor Repairs & More for Viola

Viola has dementia, arthritis, and diabetes. She fell not too long ago and had to go to the emergency room.…