“A Banker, a Lawyer and a Developer walk into a house…..” No, it’s not a joke, but it does have an ending that will make you smile! Read More »
Tuesday night was a windy rainy night, and as I settled into bed I thought, “ I am so lucky to be warm and dry tonight.” I think this a lot on stormy nights, but since I’ve been working at Rebuilding Together San Francisco, it’s taken on a new meaning. What I didn’t know 4 years ago was how many low-income seniors are currently living in homes with leaking roofs, non-working furnaces, and holes in their walls and floors. On cold days and rainy nights, they’re wearing winter coats and hats and sleeping under piles of blankets in their own homes. I had no idea that so many seniors fell in their own homes simply due to a lack of something to hang on to like a grab bar when they get in and out of the tub.
I started reading two books this week: Rebecca Solnit’s “A Paradise Built from Hell” and Douglas Smith’s “On Value and Values – Thinking Differently about We in an Age of Me.” I’m reading Solnit’s book for pleasure and Smith’s for work, but in the opening chapters I was surprised to realize that both authors were addressing a similar cultural challenge. Read More »
On Saturday, my neighbor came over to ask if we had seen Lill. Lill is 84 years old, and has lived in her home for 40 years. She lost her husband last December and is living on a small social security income.
We were worried because Lill loves her morning paper, and is diligent about picking it up every morning. It was 3:00 PM and the paper was still in her driveway.
So we called Lill’s daughter-in-law. Later, we heard that Lill had fallen and got stuck for 12 hours before her daughter-in-law arrived and helped her. She’s OK, but I shudder to think of what could have happened if we hadn’t noticed the newspaper. Read More »
Jan Woolsey – Board Member, Community Advocate, and endless source of energy and passion!
Jan has been volunteering with Rebuilding Together San Francisco since 2002 when she signed up as a Volunteer Captain for the Union Bank team on Rebuilding Day. She was hooked immediately, and by 2006 found herself nominated to be the board of directors by our staff! Over her six years of Board service, Jan sat in all the board seats: Secretary, Treasurer, Vice- President, and President. Jan is our champion within Union Bank – recruiting volunteer teams for each Rebuilding Day since 2002 and encouraging Union Bank to become our most generous supporters of National Rebuilding Day events ($350,000 over 11 years!).
Rebuilding Together San Francisco congratulates Rebuilding Day Sponsors who made the San Francisco Business Times 2012 List of Top Corporate Philanthropists!
Each year dozens of local companies sponsor Rebuilding Day projects with financial and volunteer support. Since 1998, this translates into $4 million dollars and 80,000 volunteer hours spent repairing homes and renovating nonprofit facilities and schools in San Francisco’s under-served neighborhoods! Read More »
That’s the number of our neighbors in San Francisco who are living with a disability. In fact, 55 million Americans have a disability; 33 million Americans have a severe disability; and more than 8.5 million Americans have a significant ambulatory problem.
A San Francisco native, Tonya grew up in the house that her father bought for $11,000. Tonya has persevered through many challenges with a positive attitude and outlook. When she was two years old she contracted meningitis and slipped into a coma. She awoke to find both of her feet had been amputated; now she has prosthetics that allow her to walk. Despite those challenges Tonya recalls having a wonderful childhood.