Our Story

Our story starts with your story.  We are in this together and we do what it takes to look out for each other.

For the people we serve, our work makes a big difference in the quality of their living.  RTSC was founded in 1999 as a 501.c.3 non-profit organization originally called “Christmas in April”. From the very beginning, we were dedicated to helping our neighbors in Sandoval County who could not afford to make essential repairs to keep their homes safe and habitable. The original goal was to bring together volunteers once a year, in April, to do a project together. From that modest start, we have grown into an organization that provides year round assistance.  RTSC is now one of over 100 affiliates of Rebuilding Together USA, the nations leading nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing rehabilitation services free of charge to those in need.

Our clients are your neighbors. They are senior citizens living on social security who cant afford to replace a water heater or fix a leaking roof. They are disabled veterans who have served their nation and can’t afford to buy a wheel-chair ramp, widen doors, or remodel bathrooms to accommodate their disabilities. They are families facing hard decisions as to whether to put food on the table or fix a furnace in the middle of winter. Please consider making a donation to aide families like the following in need.

Recent Project Highlights  
  • RTSC partnered with a local church group to return an elderly man to his home after being forced out of the house for code violations. The client has owned his home since 1950 and due to its age, the sanitary sewer system was not up to code. We installed a sanitary sewer line and made other repairs necessary for occupancy, including kitchen rehabilitation, installation of new electrical wiring and fixtures, and replacement of drywall and flooring. The church provided volunteer labor, including a licensed contractor, and RTSC provided materials and the covered the cost of the connection to the sewer main.
  • RTSC was awarded a grant from the PNM Foundation as part of PNM’s “Reduce Your Use” community development program. We used the PNM grant funds to replace 23 broken, single pane windows in the home of a low-income, senior citizen widow living in Bernalillo, NM. The windows were replaced with energy-efficient, low-E dual pane windows, which significantly reduced her gas consumption (by 16.5%) and made the home more comfortable and healthier by eliminating cold air drafts. The utility cost savings can now be directed toward other essential living expenses.
  • A Placitas family could not afford to replace their roof after the husband suffered a disabling injury. The existing roof had open holes and cracks in multiple locations. RTSC replaced the entire roof and decking utilizing a contractor who discounted the cost of materials.
  • A Placitas man was unable to access his house safely after suffering a stroke which left him unable to walk. RTSC designed and constructed an ADA- compliant wheelchair ramp for the family.