The North Bend Eagle

 

Rebuilding Together setting up North Bend branch

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 6/17/15

Rebuilding Together has helped maintain the houses of some elderly North Bend residents recently. One of their next projects just might be their own office. The Fremont-based company is exploring the option of opening an office in North Bend.

Rebuilding Together is a national non-profit organization that performs maintenance and minor construction projects for individuals or families who need help in keeping their house safe and healthy.

With the recent publicity of Bernice Conkling’s new ramp and deck built by Rebuild Together Greater Fremont Area, Inc., and the fact that project manager Clarence Reiss lives in North Bend, it just seemed like a natural move.

“We have volunteers in North Bend that want to stay in North Bend,” Reiss said. “We have had some cash donations and we know they would like to see the money stay in the North Bend area.”

North Bend businesses have also gotten involved. Midwest Outdoor Power and Do It Best Hardware have given heavy discounts to Rebuilding Together as it has stocked its trailer with tools.

The company is looking at projects from window washing, tree trimming, painting, building ramps or railing in the North Bend area.

“We have more and more projects happening in North Bend all the time,” Fremont Rebuilding Together executive director Brad Wiese said. “We have four projects lined up in North Bend now and one in Morse Bluff. We want to reassure people that North Bend donations will be spent in North Bend.”

The board that oversees Rebuilding Together is looking into having some signs made with North Bend’s name on it so people will identify the organization locally.

The organization is getting ready for an influx of manpower with over 250 Catholic Heart Work Camp youth and adults from the from all over the United States coming to the area to do work for various groups, including Rebuilding Together. Though this is a large, one-week effort, there are church groups, youth groups and business groups that partner throughout the year with Rebuilding Together to help others in the community stay in their homes.

Wiese said he is talking to schools about starting a ramp program where students build ramps and place them at homes. The students maintain ownership and do maintenance on the ramps as needed. When the person no longer needs the ramp, it will be removed and placed elsewhere.

Currently Weise is looking into a contact phone and web site for North Bend. They hope this will make them more available to local residents who need help maintaining their home.

The men plan to be around during the Old Settlers celebration to get to know people and explain what they have to offer.

“It’ll be helpful to meet some people and establish some relationships,” Wiese said.

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