Formerly Age Friendly Innovators

Preventing falls, preserving homes….

In late 2018, Rebuilding Together Rogue Valley affiliated with the national Rebuilding Together organization ( whose complementary vision is: Safe Homes and Communities for Everyone and whose mission is: Repairing Homes, Revitalizing Communities, Rebuilding lives.

Rebuilding Together Rogue Valley’s Safe-at-Home program has been developed to help low-income seniors and persons with disabilities safely “age-in-place” as long as possible in their current homes.  Preventing falls, improving accessibility and providing improved indoor air quality will save lives, save dollars (the cost of a major injury fall is in excess of $30,000) but also addresses the housing crisis in Southern Oregon but helping keep this vulnerable demographic from needed public housing or becoming homeless.

In Southern Oregon a many low-income senior are living independently but lack resources to make needed safety improvements.  Their homes may be a single-family structure, a manufactured home or even an aging recreational vehicle.

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“The bathroom grab bars and my new shower chair with arms means that for the first time in five years, I am able to take a shower without someone watching me.”

The testimony from a 60-year old woman, a wheelchair user, who was on dialysis and could not exit her home to keep her twice-weekly medical appointments. “The ramp you built for me saved my life.”

I just wanted to pass along a huge thank you to you and your organization.  My dad loves being able to come “home”.  This wasn’t possible before the ramp was installed.  It has truly been an incredible blessing to our family.  My mom wanted me to pass along some pictures as well. Thanks again, Scott Rucker and Family

Grandma’s Porch Fund

The successful four-year-old Fall-Risk and In-Home Safety and Accessibility assessment program which conducts an in-home evaluation of accessibility, trip hazards, bathroom safety and home environment safety (smoke/CO detectors, furnace filters, dryer vents, etc.).

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Smoke Busters

RBT-RV proposes to evaluate the viability and effectiveness of an in-home air quality assessment and remediation program using a variation of the in-home assessment protocol already developed. If the program is deemed to have sufficient merit RBT-RV and if grants, corporate sponsorships and donations are received will carry out a pilot project.  The program will provide assistance to at-risk residents needing modification or repairs to their home related to improving indoor air quality.  Referrals for this program will come from local healthcare professionals currently treating individuals with respiratory issues that are most at risk from wildfire smoke.  The scale of the pilot program will depend upon funds available.  Each in-home assessment and remediation will cost approximately $500 for labor and materials.

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Ramps for Gramps

Development of Modular Wheelchair Ramp throughout Southern Oregon to serve low-income seniors and persons with disabilities not qualifying for other ramp programs.

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