Rutherford Housing Partnership (RHP) began in 1995 when the leadership of Yokefellow Service Center and Pisgah Legal Service acknowledged the growing number of phone calls from Rutherford County residents whose homes were deteriorating and needed urgent repairs. From the beginning, the idea was to raise the money for materials and to use volunteers for labor. As that initial group of volunteers spent a growing number of weekends providing labor for jobs, it became evident that expanding the body of volunteers was needed. RHP began looking to church and civic groups and eventually local companies for volunteer teams willing to tackle urgently needed rehab jobs.
Since, RHP has done much to reduce substandard housing in Rutherford County, completing an increasing number of projects each year.
We work on projects year-round, but we aim much of our efforts at a home repair blitz day in the spring, the Week of Caring in the fall (co-sponsored with United Way and held in conjunction with National Make a Difference Day), and regular youth group missions weekends sponsored by Salem United Methodist Church in Bostic, NC.