In 2009, one of the largest hotel companies in the world, Choice Hotels International, teamed up with a leading home reconstruction nonprofit, Rebuilding Together. The two brands came together to form a new program: Room to Rebuild.
Choice Hotels International currently franchises more than 6,300 hotels in over 35 countries and territories. Some of their most popular brands include Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, and Sleep Inn. Choice-branded properties provide business and leisure travelers with a range of high-quality, high-value lodging options throughout the United States and internationally.
Rebuilding Together has provided extensive home rehabilitation and modification services to low-income homeowners across the country for over 25 years. Each year, nearly 100,000 skilled tradespeople, everyday citizens, local businesses, and major corporate sponsors (such as Choice Hotels International) volunteer. Together, their work positively impacts the condition of neighborhoods through community center rehabilitation, playground builds, and partnerships with organizations focused on energy efficiency, sustainable community gardens, education, and volunteer engagement.
Choice associates and franchisees have dedicated over 12,000 volunteer hours to Room to Rebuild! As a result, 75 rebuild projects have been completed, impacting more than 86,000 people. The market value of the partnership, including Choice Hotels’ financial commitment, volunteer hours, and in-kind donations amounts to over $5,000,000. Some of their most recent projects were completed in Nevada, Maryland, and Arizona.
Choice Hotels International celebrated their 75th birthday as a company by completing their 75th Room to Rebuild project. Over 125 associate and franchisee volunteers (including the president and CEO of Choice, Steve Joyce) from all over the country worked together at Parsons Place, a 57 unit transitional housing facility run by the Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada. The focus of Parsons Place is to provide clean, safe, affordable housing opportunities to adults with no children who are moving out of shelters or “near homeless.”
Volunteers completed repairs and renovations at Parsons Place by installing new medicine cabinets, vanities, and faucets in resident bathrooms; repainted the facilities; prepared care packages; and furnished each unit with brand new beds and linens (provided by Choice).
Members of the Choice Women’s Business Alliance worked together to give Stepping Stones Shelter an interior facelift. Stepping Stones Shelter provides emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, and post-shelter support to homeless families with children in order to move them from crisis to a stable home environment.
The volunteers painted bathrooms, ceilings, closets, built shelving, installed 7 new carpets, mounted blinds, replaced furniture, and helped spruce up each room to make the residents feel more at home.
On Veteran’s Day, members of the Choice employee resource group, V.A.L.O.R. (Veterans are Loyal Organizational Resources), renovated the home of a very deserving Korean War Veteran. Volunteers repaired flooring, installed a door and window, insulated siding, and painted throughout the home. In addition, the group collected kitchen items, towels, and food donations for the recipient.