Long Island Veterans Services Directory

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Category: Housing
Contact Name: Stella Hendrickson
Contact Phone: 631-777-7894


Rebuilding Together Long Island was founded in 1992 by a small group of volunteers, eager to help needy homeowners who were having difficulty maintaining their homes.  Sol Goldstein, Joe Botkin, Ed Mehring, Bill Weiss and Saul Ferdman became acquainted while working on a Habitat for Humanity house in Suffolk County.  Frustrated by the fact that their efforts were reaching only one family at a time and by the absence of any services in Nassau County, Sol searched out a national group called Christmas in April. A charter from the National Headquarters was granted to Christmas In April, Long Island, Inc.

While our stated goal was to maintain homeowners in warmth, safety and independence, we soon recognized that the model followed by National was not sufficient for us.  Their pattern involved a major effort one weekend in April.  Long Island had far too many needy homeowners who could ill afford to wait a year for help.  The result . . . we undertook year-round service, a pattern that has since been widely copied by many other chapters.

Eventually, the need for a more accurate descriptive name resulted in the adoption by all chapters of the name Rebuilding Together.

With Sol Goldstein as President and Joe Botkin as Vice President, a dramatic expansion began to take place.  As applications for assistance increased, the need for volunteers grew as did the need for funding.  The areas being served continued to expand.  Today, our 250 volunteers, are the heart and soul of our organization, skilled craftsmen, unskilled workers, office personnel, and kind-hearted home visitors who make the initial contact with those applying for help.

Web Site: http://www.rebuildingtogetherli.org/- Click Here

208 NY-109 #204, Farmingdale, NY 11735