Eighty-Seven & Running Partners with Rebuilding Together Kansas City to Transform Home of Former Athlete

Kansas City, MO – Gloria White is a former athlete decorated in track and field accomplishments. Her life has been forever changed by another decorated athlete – Travis Kelce and his Eighty-Seven & Running Foundation. Thanks to a major investment in the work of Rebuilding Together Kansas City, Eighy-Seven & Running was instrumental in helping to complete needed repairs and safety modifications on White’s home of 56 years.

“Rebuilding Together Kansas City exists to help some of our most vulnerable neighbors stay in their homes,” said Scott Hickox, executive director of Rebuilding Together Kansas City. “Miss Gloria has been a fixture in her neighborhood for decades, and we are thrilled to make it possible for her to be able to stay there. She and the neighborhood will both be better off as a result.”

With a $30,000 grant from Eighty-Seven & Running, Rebuilding Together Kansas City was able to assist White, 79, with repairing and updating her home to accommodate her limited mobility. White is partially wheelchair bound due to arthritis, joint pain, and other health issues. The repairs, which were completed in early December, included fixing the roof, making bathroom and kitchen repairs, installing grab bars, adding railings, addressing major plumbing issues, and more. Without assistance, she may not have been able to continue living in her home.

“I thank God so much for the work they did here at my house,” she said. “You never know which way your blessing will come, but it will be at the right time.”

Rebuilding Together Kansas City works to eliminate unsafe and substandard living conditions in neighborhoods throughout Kansas City’s Northland. The organization has helped over 125 senior citizens, low-income families, veterans, and physically challenged residents in 2023 – a nearly 25% increase over last year. As a nonprofit organization, Rebuilding Together Kansas City is dependent upon charitable contributions and the work of hundreds of volunteers.

“For anyone interested in giving, serving, or connecting with our work, we have a place for you,” said Hickox.

Rebuilding Together Kansas City currently has over 75 households on its waiting list, each needing a variety of repairs or modifications. Those seeking to partner with the organization are encouraged to contribute to its current fundraiser on social media.

View Rebuilding Together Kansas City’s video of White’s story on the organization’s YouTube channel, @rebuildingtogetherkc.

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More information:

Rebuilding Together Kansas City, a 501(c)3 organization, revitalizes communities by repairing homes and rebuilding lives. Since its founding in 2001, Rebuilding Together Kansas City has helped over 1,100 senior citizens, low-income families, veterans, and physically challenged residents stay in their homes by providing critical repairs and safety modifications. For more information about Rebuilding Together Kansas City, including opportunities to give, serve, and connect, visit www.rebuildingtogetherkc.org.

Eighty-Seven & Running helps underserved youth strive to become productive citizens by mentoring and motivating them to explore and develop their abilities while learning critical life skills. Founded in 2015, the organization has remained dedicated to providing resources and enrichment opportunities for youth and their communities through fundraising, athletic programs, mentoring, and outreach initiatives. For more information, visit www.87running.org.


Contact: Scott Hickox
Phone: (314) 660-8498
E-Mail: scott@rebuildingtogetherkc.org

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Stewart Title Breathes New Life Into Local Home

Stewart Title is committed to ensuring a better home for all. On Wednesday, November 15, that commitment took new life when employees converged on a local home and provided it a much needed facelift. After their day of volunteer service, the home looked like new again!

“Thank you so much for making the day so fun,” said Katie Holtman, Stewart Title’s project coordinator. “It was such a pleasure to meet and work alongside you all!”

This project was part of Stewart Title’s national partnership with Rebuilding Together, and the company’s commitment to give back to the communities where its employees work and serve. Learn more about Stewart Title’s commitment here.

Spectrum Partners with Rebuilding Together to Revitalize Local Community Center

On Saturday, October 14, Spectrum employee volunteers, Rebuilding Together Kansas City, and Beyond the Conviction united to revitalize a community center that helps some of the most disenfranchised members of our community pursue career and educational goals. Volunteers performed light construction, painting, and helped set up a new technology training center.

This project was part of Spectrum’s national partnership with Rebuilding Together that seeks to improve 100 community centers across the country by 2025. Learn more about Spectrum’s commitment here.

The Home Depot Partners with RTKC to Help Local Veteran

Kirk Douglas and his wife of 40 years desperately wanted to stay in the home that they raised their family in. However, after two knee replacement surgeries, Kirk required a wheelchair, and the house they have lived in for so many years did not have a ramp.

Thanks to a corporate partnership with The Home Depot, Rebuilding Together Kansas City was able to help the Douglas family stay in their home. The Home Depot not only provided volunteer labor, but provided building materials and other funding. They built a ramp, replaced a rotting porch, installed a new door and security door, and cleaned up the yard.

This is the power of corporate partnerships with Rebuilding Together Kansas City! We connect businesses and organizations seeking to make a tangible difference in the lives of others to those in need. For more information about how your business can invest in a corporate partnership with us, e-mail Executive Director Scott Hickox.

EquipmentShare Changes the Lives of Homeowners

When homeowner Robert Jones requested a wheelchair ramp for his home, he had no idea what Rebuilding Together had in store for him. Over 20 volunteers from EquipmentShare converged on his home and gave him so much more! During their Corporate Rebuild Day, volunteers not only built a ramp, they also painted, built a fence, landscaped, and replaced posts on a carport.

“I didn’t know that I could really get help done for me. I was so used to doing everything myself,” said Robert. “I couldn’t believe that somebody would do that for me, and I am very appreciative of it.”

Rebuilding Together Kansas City is grateful to EquipmentShare and its volunteers for making such a difference!

Check out the recap video on YouTube!