History

Rebuilding Together Quad Cities

Rebuilding Together Quad Cities (RTQC) started in 1990 as Hearts and Hammers QCA. As Hearts and Hammers QCA, our mission was to unite people of all backgrounds in a voluntary effort to provide emergency and critical home repairs for elderly, disabled, and low income homeowners at no cost to the home owner.

As we looked to expand and strengthen our services, we sought out a national organization with which we could partner. Recognizing the strong alignment of our missions, in May 2001, Hearts and Hammers QCA became an affiliate of the national Rebuilding Together organization and changed our name to Rebuilding Together Quad Cities.

Together, with our local and national corporate/community partners, Rebuilding Together Quad Cities transforms the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing their communities.

Rebuilding Together (National Organization)

In 1973, a small group of people in Midland, Texas, realized a growing need in their community. Their neighbors’ homes had fallen into disrepair and the homeowners could not afford to fix them on their own. They volunteered their time and skills to rehabilitate the homes of their neighbors. Realizing the impact of this work, the group formed Christmas in April, with the intent of continuing to perform repair and rehabilitation work in their community every April.

News of the group’s good work spread slowly, eventually gaining national recognition. The mission quickly spread beyond the idea of providing service once a year in April to bringing together partners from all walks of life to our help our neighbors year-round. In 1988, Christmas in April was rebranded Rebuilding Together and a national Rebuilding Together office was created.

Rebuilding Together is a leading national nonprofit focused on safe and healthy housing with more than 40 years of experience. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete around 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year. Today, Rebuilding Together has grown into a premier nonprofit housing organization and has received six consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator.