About ReFIT

Our Story

ReFIT was founded in 1997 by a group of local, professional general contractors.

In 1996, Jess Markt — son of contractor, Bill Markt and his wife, Carol — was in a terrible car accident while attending the University of Oregon. Jess was left partially paralyzed and permanently confined to a wheelchair. The Markts were devastated.

Bill’s contractor friends wanted to find a way to help the family, so they worked together to modify the family home and make it handicap accessible by adding outdoor ramps, a handicap bathroom remodel, wider doorways, and anything else needed to accommodate Jess’s wheelchair.

Then these generous guys went even further, and with help from Jess’s fraternity brothers, they modified the fraternity house to make it handicap accessible, so that Jess could return to college and move on with his life.

This act of kindness had such a profound impact on the Markt’s lives, that Bill decided to pay it forward and helped start The Remodeler’s Heritage Foundation to provide the same home modification help at no-cost to others in the community facing mobility challenges.

In 2006, the Remodeler’s Heritage Foundation became ReFIT (Remodeling for Independence Together) and has helped individuals and families throughout Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties.

With the exception of our Executive Director, ReFIT is run entirely by volunteers. Our client projects are built by volunteer professional contractors and remodeling associations like NARI Pacific NW. All building materials are either donated outright or purchased with donated funds..

Our Mission

ReFIT is single minded in our mission. We refit homes, making them safer for physically and financially challenged homeowners regardless of age, gender, race, or reason for disability.

Our Vision

ReFIT’s vision is to create create a safe community where everyone can live independently and comfortably in their own homes.

We envision Portland being a safe and accessible environment for individuals and families struggling with illness, injury, disability, or aging.

We achieve this by providing essential no-cost home improvement services to those in need, including wheelchair ramps, widened doorways, grab bars, wall mount sinks, ADA-compliant toilets, and roll-in shower inserts.

Board of Directors

Bob Strong

Outreach Committee

Chris Kreipe

Projects Committee

Dave Hallin

Projects Committee

Russ Weitz

Projects Committee

Kelly Sandstrom

Events Committee

SoulayVanh Beisel

Events Committee

Carlos Monteblanco

Communications

Jim Kitchin

Projects Committee

Staff Members

Laurey Maslyk

Executive Director

Lupine DeSnyder

Program Director

Jessie Maslyk

Communications

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