Our new name is Project Houseworks … and the rest is history
Project Houseworks makes a difference in the lives of low-income senior homeowners by providing the free home repairs that allow them to avoid unnecessary institutionalization and keep them safe, comfortable and healthy in their homes.
Historically, our non-profit corporation began in June 1996 as Christmas in April Omaha. We began with a budget of merely $5,000 and helped 5 families in need of home repairs live in a safe environment. In the past 22 years, Project Houseworks has assisted more than 2,500 seniors and their families.
In 2002 we changed our corporate name to Rebuilding Together Omaha to align with the Rebuilding Together National Office. We learned and grew within the Rebuilding Together national network for 16 years. In 2017, the Board of Directors’ strategic planning revealed unique needs and assets in the Omaha community that suggested a new model.
We unveiled our solution in February 2018 — Project Houseworks: Home Solutions for Seniors, featuring an in-house construction crew of highly-skilled construction professionals. Project Houseworks added new efficiencies and increased impact. Our free programming offers low-income senior homeowners year-round home repairs and home modifications. Our collaborations with the Heating and Cooling Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW Local 22) deliver special events to safeguard our clients from electrical hazards and furnace failures.