Meet Kim Bistrong, one of RTP’s dedicated Rebuilders and a veteran House Captain. Since 2016, Kim has participated in six Block Builds and in our annual fundraiser Run to Rebuild. She will also participate in our upcoming MLK Day of Service Project.
“Penn Medicine has a program for employees, PennCAREs, in which they award grants related to community outreach organizations. Home safety and modifications are part of what I do for my patients and I’ve always been interested in volunteering, so I applied for a grant to donate to RTP and got it! Since then, I have received two more grants for RTP and have put together volunteer groups from Penn Medicine.
“Volunteering with RTP has been an awesome experience for me since it’s addressing social determinants of health and housing being a determinant that directly affects the health and recovery of my homecare patients. Since volunteering, I have focused more on population health and looking for new innovative ways to improve the health of the patient population I serve.” Kim shares an example: “Installing a grab bar does not just help the person residing in the home, but also the family or caregivers who assist the patient with transferring in and out of the shower."
Kim has learned many skills during her time as a volunteer. She has advanced skills in laying the vinyl flooring RTP provides and is now able to teach other volunteers. Additionally, her experience as a Block Build House Captain has improved her leadership skills and has taught her to delegate tasks and avoid trying to do everything on her own.
When she isn’t volunteering, Kim is a wife, a mother of three and a recent graduate of George Washington University with her Masters in Health Administration. Now that she has finished school, she is looking forward to playing ice hockey again!