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Milwaukee/NARI to Partner With Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee

April 2, 2012

Members of the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council, Inc., the area’s leading home improvement and remodeling industry resource, will partner with Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee, a leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable home ownership and revitalize neighborhoods, to make renovations at no charge to 50 Milwaukee area homes during May, which is National Home Improvement Month.

The work that will be conducted will ensure that the homes will be safer for its occupants. Those 60 and older comprise 16.3% of the total population of Milwaukee County, and about 65% own their own homes. In Wisconsin, senior deaths due to falls in their own homes currently outnumber the number of people killed in car crashes, as Wisconsin currently ranks second in people dying from falling in their homes (not due to snow and ice).

To be considered for having work completed on a home, consumers can contact Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee at 414-312-7531 or visit .

“The goal of program is to make the homes of 50 elderly, disabled, military veterans, and families in need safer and more accessible,” said Dave Amoroso, Milwaukee/NARI president. “As Milwaukee/NARI celebrates its 50th anniversary, we realize the need has never been greater. America’s low-income homeowners are faced with daunting challenges in an attempt to mange food and health care along with basic home maintenance, struggling to retain homeownership in neighborhoods. Working with Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee makes it possible for homeowners to remain in safe and healthy homes, plus keep their independence and dignity. Milwaukee/NARI and its members are excited to give back in such a meaningful way to our community.”

More than 30 participating Milwaukee/NARI member companies will make a variety of renovations to the homes, including installation of …

• Nightlights/wireless switching
• Stair hand railings
• Energy star light bulbs
• Hand shower
• Non-skid tapes for stair
• Transfer benches/shower chairs
• Grab bars
• Smoke /carbon monoxide detectors
• Removable non-skid mats for bathtubs and showers

“The call went out to association members, and in a few days, we had more than 30 companies offering their assistance, providing one person to a full crew for a couple hours up to a full day,” Amoroso said. “Milwaukee/NARI members know the importance of giving back to the community to keep it strong. We’re thankful to these outstanding companies for giving their talent and energy to help make homes more comfortable while providing the homeowners with a greater sense of security.”

The Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council was chartered in July 1961, as a Chapter of the National Home Improvement Council. In May of 1982, the National Home Improvement Council merged with the National Remodelers Association to form NARI – the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

The Council’s goals of encouraging ethical conduct, professionalism, and sound business practices in the remodeling industry have led to the remodeling industry’s growth and made NARI a recognized authority in that industry. With over 800 members, the Milwaukee Chapter is the nation’s largest.

For more information or to receive a free copy of an annual membership roster listing all members alphabetically and by category, and the booklet, “Milwaukee/NARI's Remodeling Guide,” call 414-771-4071 or visit the Council’s website at .

Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee’s mission is to preserve and revitalize homes and communities, assuring that very low-income elderly homeowners and disabled homeowners, as well as families with children, live in warmth, safety and independence. The group is organized and operated for the purpose helping Milwaukee senior’s age with dignity and peace, in their own homes, by providing free repairs to elderly and disabled very low-income homeowners residing in Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties. Since 2000, Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee has rehabilitated over 600 homes and nonprofits by investing over $7 million dollars into Milwaukee area housing.

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