SOURCE: Rebuilding Together of Richmond

Rebuilding Together of Richmond

October 15, 2009 06:00 ET

Rebuilding Together and Choice Hotels Team Up to Improve Lives and Revitalize the Community in Richmond

Volunteers From Choice Properties Come Out to Provide Critical Home Repairs to a Low-Income Homeowner in Need

RICHMOND, VA--(Marketwire - October 15, 2009) - Volunteers from various Choice Hotels properties in Richmond are dedicating their time on this Saturday, October 17th to help one homeowner in our community keep their home and its value by making critical home repairs and renovations. Ms. Harris, once very independent and able to perform many of her own home repair needs, now requires assistance due to issues related to diabetes. Choice Hotels Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands serve guests worldwide.

The project includes repairs to the heating system, roof, windows, new handrails, improved lighting and removal of trip and fall hazards. Ms. Harris is legally blind and lives alone. It's of utmost importance to create a safe environment for her. Heating bills in this modest home topped $500 last winter. The improvements made to this house should significantly reduce that expense.

This project is one of 13 Rebuilding Together projects awarded a grant by the Choice Hotels International Foundation focused on repairing the homes of low-income families. The partnership -- named "Room to Rebuild" -- is part of the ongoing commitment by Choice Hotels to strengthen the local communities in which their associates and franchisees live, work and provide hospitality. Choice Hotels is also a presenting sponsor of the Rebuilding Together United We Serve projects occurring on September 11th as a response to President Obama's national call for service.

"To be a part of the community means you roll up your sleeves and work with neighbors to help make the lives of others better," said Amy King. "Through these efforts, Choice Hotels is committed to preserving and revitalizing the homes of the elderly, persons with disabilities and lower income families."

Other local sponsors and participants include River Road United Methodist Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, Chewning and Wilmer, Professional Home Services and Howell's Heating and Air.

"Low income homeowners are struggling to maintain homeownership. We are tackling these issues of community stabilization on a day to day basis," said Gary Officer, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "Choice Hotels is making our critical work possible in one community after another where their franchisees are showing leadership by addressing the needs of the community."

"The relationship with Rebuilding Together allows Choice Hotels properties across the country the opportunity to get involved in meaningful projects that make a real difference in revitalizing their local communities," said Stephen P. Joyce, president and chief executive officer of Choice Hotels International.

Rebuilding Together is focused on preserving affordable homeownership for America's millions of low and moderate income families.

"Through our rebuilds this week, we're making sure that homeowners in our community can keep their home, remain independent and live in conditions that meet basic health, comfort and safety needs. These families do not have the financial or physical ability to complete these fundamental and critical projects so it's up to Rebuilding Together and our volunteers to make it all possible," said Amy King.

ABOUT REBUILDING TOGETHER

Rebuilding Together is the nation's largest nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing critical home repair and modification services to those in need at no cost to homeowners. With the help of everyday citizen volunteers, skilled trades people, the support of local business and major corporate partners, Rebuilding Together affiliates in America's largest cities and smallest towns make life considerably better for thousands of low-income homeowners. In addition to its core home repair work, Rebuilding Together also rehabilitates community centers and conducts home modification and repair programs that focus on aging in place. Rebuilding Together has programs dedicated to energy efficiency, veteran's housing, and disaster recovery and reconstruction.

For more information, visit www.RebuildingTogether.org

ABOUT CHOICE HOTELS

Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 5,900 hotels, representing more than 479,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories. As of June 30, 2009, more than 800 hotels are under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States, representing more than 64,000 rooms, and an additional 110 hotels, representing approximately 8,700 rooms, are under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 15 other countries and territories. The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands serve guests worldwide. In addition, via its Ascend Collection membership program, travelers in the United States and the Caribbean have upscale lodging options at historic, boutique and unique hotels.

Additional corporate information may be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. Web site, which may be accessed at www.choicehotels.com.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Amy King
    Rebuilding Together of Richmond
    (804) 513-8628
    Email Contact

    Heather Soule
    Choice Hotels International
    (301) 628-4361
    Email Contact