Rebuilding Together Kansas City Takes On Five Home Rehabilitation Projects in Excelsior Springs

Sept. 16, 2023 — A sense of community spirit emanated through Excelsior Springs as Rebuilding Together Kansas City (RTKC), the nonprofit organization committed to providing safe and healthy homes, recently began renovation work on five homes in neighborhoods throughout the community. Laura Mize, Neighborhood Specialist for Excelsior Springs, shared her excitement for undertaking these projects, which were as varied as the homes themselves.

Among the volunteers was Kyle Adkins, an employee of Continental Disc Corporation, which sponsored one of the projects. Adkins and his team worked on the home at 430 Prospect, which needed new siding. “For starters, it was tear-down. We took all of the siding off, wrapped the house with insulation, and now we’re putting on new siding,” Adkins said.

He said their company has been involved in such community service projects for approximately 10 to 15 years. “It’s really gratifying. When you see the look on the homeowners’ faces when you’re done, they’re always super happy, which makes you happy,” Adkins added. “I would definitely encourage anyone to try it. Even if you’re not a skilled craftsman, there are lots of activities you can get involved in.”

The five homes tackled by RTKC each had different requirements. The house at 701 Roosevelt benefited from brush and tree removal, while the homes at 518 Isley Blvd and 73 Stratton were newly painted. The property at 430 Prospect received new siding, and the house at 628 Old Orchard underwent deck and interior repairs.

Kerry Broyles, who attends Liberty Christian Fellowship, led another volunteer team. “Today, we’re doing all the prep work for painting, replacing siding, and installing smoke and CO detectors,” he said. Broyles highlighted that the gentleman living at the home where he was working is a disabled Marine vet and emphasized the dignity of living in a safe, well-maintained home. “Safe and accessible housing not only allows residents to remain in their homes but also brings a sense of dignity,” said Laura Mize.

Broyles also pointed out the essential role of donations in terms of materials and labor. “Everything we’re doing today has been donated. We’ve got about $2,000 in material and probably about $2,000 or $3,000 in labor, and it’s all free,” he said.

RTKC’s programs offer safety features such as grab bars, handrails, and adjustable threshold ramps, among their other services, all aiming to improve the overall health and accessibility of homes. The initiative is part of a national effort by the organization that has modified thousands of homes across the U.S.

These revitalizations are more than aesthetic improvements for homeowners in need—they’re pivotal changes that can vastly improve their quality of life. For more information on the Safe at Home program or how to apply for services, visit Rebuilding Together Kansas City’s website.

(Photos by S Jason Cole)

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