New partners, willing neighbors support Rebuilding Together in Kent County

CHESTERTOWN — Rebuilding Together Kent County has been serving the community since shortly after the devastation caused by Hurricane Isabel in 2003.

In April, in celebration of National Rebuilding Month, 19 RTKC volunteers donated more than 100 hours to make repairs at three area homes. The projects included painting a previously repaired kitchen, replacing a rotten deck and installing an aluminum wheelchair ramp — in addition to other critical interventions.

Chestertown Lumber donated paint and tint to create a cheerful kitchen environment for a senior near Fairlee.

In the spirit of collaboration, Rebuilding Together Kent County is eager to highlight a new relationship with Chesapeake Neighbors, a nonprofit existing to provide safe, affordable housing for those living with disabilities.

Several months ago, the organization’s assistant director of property operations, Keenan Troxler, contacted Rebuilding Together with an offer to engage employees in a repair project.

On Saturday, April 13, Troxler, project coordinator Mike Tinsley and maintenance technician Vince Worley made the journey from the western shore to ensure a local woman and her brother have a safe place to enjoy the out-of-doors.

Troxler said in a news release: “It was truly a pleasure for the Chesapeake Neighbors team to be able to give back to the Kent County community. Chesapeake Neighbors’ mission is to provide quality housing for individuals in the community, and to be able to bring that standard to a family in the Kent County area was an honor. It was also a pleasure working with Jennifer (Lieber); with her strong leadership and architecture skills, it made the endeavor all the more enjoyable and fulfilling.”

Lieber, vice president of the RTKC board of directors, led an efficient crew as they demolished a rotting platform and built a new, sturdier one in its place.

Lunch was donated by Modern Stone Age Kitchen, the second consecutive year the owners have provided meals during National Rebuilding Month.

On April 16, a team of seven local volunteers rallied to install the sixth aluminum wheelchair ramp since launching the new Lifetime Loaned Ramp program in 2023 with the support of the Kent County Health Department.

“Despite a tricky location, volunteers kept their spirits high and got the job done,” a news release stated.

More than one of the residents of the home is experiencing mobility challenges and this ramp will allow them to remain safely under one roof.

In the same week, crews prepped and painted kitchen walls, installed a new light fixture and repaired a tripping hazard near the main entrance of a home near Fairlee.

Sponsors for the National Rebuilding Month projects in Kent County included Anthony, Judge & Ware, David A Bramble Foundation, Dukes-Moore Insurance and The Dixon Group.

To learn more about getting involved with future projects, email volunteer@rtkc.org.

Rebuilding Together Kent County’s mission is repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives.

The nonprofit leverages gifts of time, money, skill and labor to repair and rehabilitate homes for income-eligible seniors, veterans, those living with disabilities and families with children in Kent County.

All work is done at no cost to homeowners who meet the eligibility criteria.

This is an equal opportunity program.

RTKC is dedicated to ending substandard housing.

To learn more, see www.rebuildingtogetherkcmd.org.

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