Rebuilding Together Greater Newport is one of nearly 200 affiliates of a national program that is rehabilitating properties for low-income and handicapped homeowners.

Here on Aquidneck Island, Rebuilding Together Greater Newport has been helping families since 2001 and they have two big projects underway this month.

Among those joining me on the radio today were some of Rebuilding Together Greater Newport’s volunteers and sponsors, including Kelly Powers from Salve Regina University, Kathleen Rendos from Kiwanis Club of Newport, and Meredith LeBlanc from Newport County Board of Realtors.

There are several prep days and the final day of work will be on the 28th of April. Their goal is to make the homes safer and warmer so we replace windows, clean out basements, provide safety features like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and grab bars. We also paint rooms and clean up yards.

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Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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