Our History

Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun was founded in 1991, as an affiliate of the national Christmas in April program. The purpose of the organization was to gather volunteers one weekend each year to repair the homes of their neighbors in need. The first event was held on April 6th, 1991 and included 1,400 volunteers repairing 27 homes in the Garfield Neighborhood.

Four years later the success and expansion of the program allowed for a paid part-time director. As the agency continued to grow, the projects expanded beyond the single Saturday and began to incorporate other projects involving corporate sponsors. In 1996 the organization partnered with NFL to host a rebuilding project in conjunction with the Super Bowl.

In 2001, Christmas in April became Rebuilding Together and the local Phoenix affiliate became Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun. RTVOS continued to focus on the national Rebuilding Day and expanded to include major corporate sponsorship community service team-building projects. In 2003, the Rock and Roll Paint-a-thon was launched to further engage volunteers in supporting local neighbors. Annually, 100-150 teams spread across the state of Arizona to paint the homes of low-income senior homeowners. Senior Fall Prevention Services was launched in 2007 to install durable medical equipment in the homes of senior and disabled low-income people to prevent falls. A team of dedicated year-round volunteers install safety modifications in more than 300 homes each year.

In 2016, RTVOS began focusing on a Safe and Healthy Housing approach to community revitalization efforts and expanded our services beyond senior homeowners to include families as well.