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Posted 19 May 2016
There are over 37,000 low-income homeowners in the Seattle, Washington, area that struggle to afford necessary home repairs. The hazards of living in these homes threaten their individual and family health and safety each day. On 30 April 2016, the Seattle Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) partnered with a local nonprofit organization, Rebuilding Together, to renovate an over 100-year-old home on Fremont Avenue, north of Seattle, for disabled Navy veteran, Dale Weston. Dale has been living in the home for over 14 years.
ASCE members, including members from BergerABAM’s Seattle office, were part of over 30 volunteers working together to complete major improvements to the home. In just one day, the team updated the electrical wiring; installed new flooring, windows, stove, oven, and washing machine; replaced the unsafe steps that led inside the home; and updated kitchen and living spaces. Fresh paint and new landscaping also helped to transform the home and improve the neighborhood.
Seattle ASCE supports many charities year-round. In additionCSS boldIn addition to partnering with Rebuilding Together, they help spearhead local teams for Engineers without Borders, Adopt-a-Road, and a variety of STEM programs for K-12 outreach.
Rebuilding Together, headquartered in Seattle, is a 501(c) nonprofit organization that provides free home repairs for low-income homeowners through monetary and materials donations. For more information about this charity, visit http://www.rtseattle.org/mission/.