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"Meet The Need": Day 19 | Rebuilding Together Milwaukee, Lynnea Katz-Petted

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Listen: Meet The Need, Day 19 of 50 gives us Rebuilding Together Milwaukee. Simply because someone owns a house, especially if the homeowner is elderly or disabled, does not mean that house is fit to live in. In these cases, oftentimes an individual can find themselves isolated and unable to provide for themselves. And what happens to a neighborhood if its homeowners, who are the backbone of the community, are unable to meet their needs? This is the problem Rebuilding Together Milwaukee addresses -- they use volunteers to preserve and revitalize low-income houses, assuring that low-income homeowners, from the elderly and disabled to families with children, live in warmth, safety, and independence. Lynnea Katz-Petted, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Milwaukee, shares how they impact homeowners, and how that impact reverberates throughout the community:

-Volunteers and sponsors renovate a house in a day, making a huge impact on a homeowner's life: [audio=1] -Sometimes, owning a home doesn't mean that home is fit to live in: [audio=2] -How a man went from being trapped in his own home, to living a full and productive life with the help of Rebuilding Together Milwaukee: [audio=3] For more information on Rebuilding Together Milwaukee visit their website, and if you'd like to help Rebuilding Together Milwaukee meet their needs this holiday season, learn how you can help here. Produced by: Adam Carr