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Rebuilding Exchange


Established in 2009, Rebuilding Exchange is a nonprofit social enterprise that repurposes building materials that would otherwise devalue a community and provides job training for people with barriers to employment, making a commitment to education and economic development in Chicago's underserved communities.


Rebuilding Exchange has four distinct social enterprise areas that achieve our mission. Our 25,000 square foot retail warehouse provides affordable reclaimed building materials to the general public. Our public workshops educate Chicago-area residents on how to use reclaimed materials and live more sustainably. RX Made, our in-house custom fabrication workshop, demonstrates the potential reuse of our materials through the creation of beautiful, repurposed furniture. Our employment training program provides opportunities for Chicagoans with barriers to employment to earn transferable skills and certifications through on-the-job training and find pathways to permanent employment.