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Project Snapshot: Ms G from the Bayview

Jun 13, 2014
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The SF Brewers Guild worked on Ms. G's Bayview home The Project: Mrs. G has lived in her Bayview home for over thirty years, and she has put the same amount of work and pride into the house. It’s the house where she raised two daughters and lived with her husband, a Navy veteran, until he passed away several years ago. The repairs needed are a result of normal wear and tear, and had to be completed in order for Mrs. G to safely age in place.

Why We Love Her: Mrs. G now graciously shares her home with one of her daughters, who runs a nonprofit after-school program in the Bayview, which sorely needs it. We love people working in SF nonprofits!

The Rebuilding Day Team: Pat Loughran, an RTSF volunteer for over a decade, led the project, with Egan Hill, one of RTSF’s hardworking board members, providing backup as a co-lead. Brian Stechschulte from the San Francisco Brewer’s Guild rallied over thirty volunteers to get the work done!

 

The Work:

  • Replace sink bullnose
  • Demo platform at bathtub and reinstall existing tub
  • Install shower rod and curtain
  • Fix leaking skylight
  • Install new wall unit cabinets 5′ long
  • Replace bedroom door and install new handles in bed and closet doors
  • Source and replace vinyl floor in kitchen
  • Paint garage door
  • Paint two bedrooms
  • Clear weeds in backyard

 

The SF Brewers Guild worked on Ms. G's Bayview homePartners:

The San Francisco Brewer’s Guild sponsored this Bayview project. Thank you!

The talented Jeff Spirer took photos of the event. Check out his work here.

Kelly-Moore Paints-We used a lot of this paint in the bedrooms and on the garage door!

A big thank you as well to any volunteers who weren’t already mentioned.  Pulling off this project was a real team effort and we needed every single body that showed up that day, otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to complete our ambitious goals! Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook!

Project Snapshot: Ms. F From the Excelsior

Jun 12, 2014
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Volunteers warming up to tackle Ms. F's Excelsior home Project Snapshot: Ms. F from the Excelsior

The Project: Even though Mrs. F is 93, her energy levels are off the charts! Born in Oklahoma, she moved to San Francisco in the midst of WWII, where she worked as an ammunition driver Mrs. F has owned her Excelsior home for 44 years and it currently houses three of her children and a grandchild, including an adult daughter with a disability.

Mrs. F says she “can’t even begin to describe” how much it would mean to her to have volunteers come spruce up her home. “Oh, I’d be so grateful. I just need help getting it up to shape and then I can keep it together from there,” she says proudly.

Why We Love Her: Mrs. F has a long history of working for her community, both in the Excelsior and in other San Francisco neighborhoods. After the war, she was a founding volunteer for the Economic Opportunity Council, working so hard, she says, that they “just had to” offer her a job. She worked for years to set up community groups all over San Francisco, in Chinatown, the Mission, and Bayview Hunter’s Point. Once a pioneering community and social advocate, Mrs. F. has since retired, and instead focuses her efforts on maintaining “the most beautiful yard you’ve ever seen.” It’s an Excelsior landmark!

The Rebuilding Day Team: The always-friendly Mike Dunn put his experience with Rebuilding Together’s National office to work in order to complete this project. Josh Graber from St. James provided support as a co-lead. Grant Paul, Roger Wickstrom, and David Sullivan from St. Mary’s ran the volunteer effort for the day.

The Work:

  • Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Rehang closet doors
  • Repair exterior and interior handrails
  • Install grab bars and hand-held shower head in bathrooms
  • Paint throughout as time and volunteer turnout affords
  • Remove unwanted items and organize as needed/requested throughout

Volunteers warming up to tackle Ms. F's Excelsior homePartners:

Thanks to both St. Mary’s and St. James’ Episcopal churches for sponsoring the project together and combining their congregations to develop a robust volunteer team!

We are glad that Geoff Hornek was able to take photos and document all the great work our volunteers did!

Kelly-Moore Paints-We used a lot of this paint in almost every room of the house!

A big thank you as well to any volunteers who weren’t already mentioned.  Pulling off this project was a real team effort and we needed every single body that showed up to the Excelsior that day, otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to complete our ambitious goals! Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook!

Project Snapshot: Mr. D From the Ingleside

Jun 11, 2014
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Volunteers at Mr. D's house in the Ingleside. Project Snapshot: Mr. D from Ingleside

The Project: Mr. D came to the US from Nigeria to attend school in Oklahoma. Four years later, he moved to San Francisco and gradually brought over his mother and all four siblings. Right now, Mr. D lives with his wife and five children as well as his mother, brother, and sister in the Ingleside neighborhood, where he’s lived for thirteen years.

Why we love them: Mr. Duru loves to dance, and thinks education and community service are two of the most important aspects of life. He especially enjoys volunteering at a local food bank, and RTSF loves to help people who give back.

The Rebuilding Day Team: Our own Rachel Fontenot served as project lead, providing able leadership as well as a can-do attitude. Melanie Hopson, Harly Crandall, and Chris King from Home For a Home collaborated on coordinating the project’s volunteers.

The Work:

  • Install a dishwasher
  • Assemble and install new blinds
  • Assemble and install new shelving units
  • Install a shoe rack
  • Re-install trim as needed
  • Paint in all rooms
  • Clean clutter and install garage lighting
  • Patch sheetrock where needed
  • Repair waste line leaks

Partners: Home For A Home-Thank you for your volunteers and your enthusiasm!Taking a break during a busy day of volunteering at Mr. D's Ingleside home.

Kelly-Moore Paints-We used a lot of this paint in almost every room of the house!

Thank you to our own Rachel Fontenot for taking photos of the project  AND being the project lead!

A big thank you as well to any volunteers who weren’t already mentioned.  Pulling off this project was a real team effort and we needed every single body that showed up that day, otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to complete our ambitious goals! Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook!

Project Snapshot: Wu Yee Children’s Services

Jun 10, 2014
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Project Snapshot: Wu Yee Children’s Services

The Project: Wu Yee operates many child development centers and family resource centers in San Francisco after starting in 1977 by serving recent immigrant families in Chinatown. “Wu Yee” means “protector of children” in Cantonese, and Wu Yee uses their diverse network of centers to offer a whole host of early education- and family-oriented services. With centers in Chinatown, Visitacion Valley, the Tenderloin, and the Bayview, Wu Yee continues to serve nearly four thousand clients each year, many of them low-income, recent immigrants, or language learners. RTSF assembled a volunteer team to work on Wu Yee’s New Generation center at 700 Velasco, in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood.

Volunteers at Wu Yee for Rebuilding Day!Why We Love Them: We were surprised how Wu Yee’s organization uses their different centers to offer a comprehensive range of services, including caregiver training, kindergarten preparation for school-age children, and services in English, Cantonese, and Spanish. Their project needs also seemed beginner-friendly, making this project a natural fit for first-time volunteers!

How They Found Us: Mike Neumann, one of Wu Yee’s executive staff, has worked on projects with RTSF before. When our next Rebuilding Day drew near, he knew exactly where to go!

The Rebuilding Day Team: Genevieve Cadwalader with the Belden Club (and a board member!) provided guidance as a project lead, while Ryan Morita had a great time as a volunteer captain.

The Work:

  • Prep and paint exterior walls, trim, doors and awnings of main building and outbuilding sheds
  • Includes wall underneath railing but excludes all railings and fencing.  Also excludes side of shed made unreachable by chain link fence.

Partners:

The Belden Club-thank you for your sponsorship!

Kelly-Moore Paints-We used a lot of this paint in almost every room and hallway!

We’re grateful to returning volunteer Karen Chin for taking photographs for us!

A big thank you as well to any volunteers who weren’t already mentioned.  Pulling off this project was a real team effort and we needed every single body that showed up that day, otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to complete our ambitious goals! Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook! Wu Yee's project was sponsored by the Belden Club

Project Snapshot: Visitacion Valley Middle School

Jun 9, 2014
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The Project: Visitacion Valley Middle School’s mission is to provide a quality education that prepares students for a fulfilling life in a global society. They  provide a fair opportunity for all students to learn and the educational resources for students to be successful. The school, rich in ethnicity and culture, is known nationally for its innovative programs.Students and volunteers at Visitacion Valley Middle School

Teachers and students are assigned to academic families that use a variety of innovative technology, cross-curricular writing programs, and project-based and standards-based instruction throughout the year

Why We Love Them: Parent involvement equals student success, and Visitacion Valley Middle School knows that. They publish a monthly newsletter to keep parents informed, hold workshops, and have lots of ways parents can get involved!

How They Found Us: Visitacion Valley Middle School staff were referred to us by someone with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. We’re glad that people think of us when they learn about a potential project!

The Rebuilding Day Team: Mike Heublein and Pat Revetta, both prior project leads, oversaw the entire project. We couldn’t have done it without their leadership and expertise! Shari Samuels served as a volunteer captain alongside RTSF board member Rich Schimbor. Thanks everyone!

The Work:

Outdoor Garden:

  • Storage container- repaint exterior, add hooks to interior, cut ventilation holes in storage container, isntall eave-vent grill, install new raised redwood planter bed along edge of storage container, install redwood trellis to external wall of storage container
  • Install new mulch pathway
  • Construct and install (4) new planter boxes
  • Weed and remove existing organic debris from planting areas

Second Floor Interior:

  • Classroom 201- remove exsiting operable partition
  • Office 217A – Repaint room
  • Office 217- Repaint room, add new bookcases, add shades to interior-facing windows at small offices surrounding office 217/detention room

Third Floor Interior:

  • Classroom 207 (Art Room) – repaint room, install 4′ X 5′ table tops at existing partitions, add new stools
  • Classrooms 18/20 – Remove existing operable partition
  • Classrooms 21/22- Remove existing operable partition
  • Courtyard- Repaint existing metal planters

 

Partners:

US Bank-We couldn’t do it without your sponsorship!

Kelly-Moore Paints-We used a lot of this paint in the classrooms and the storage container!

We’re grateful to Huy Wee for taking photographs for us!

A big thank you as well to any volunteers who weren’t already mentioned.  Pulling off this project was a real team effort and we needed every single body that showed up that day, otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to complete our ambitious goals! Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook! Visitacion Valley Middle School volunteers. Look at that mural!

Project Snapshot: Mission Beacon

Jun 4, 2014
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 Volunteers at the Mission BeaconProject Snapshot: Mission Beacon

The Project: Beacon centers all over San Francisco transform public schools into community and youth centers. The Mission Beacon Center, at Everett Middle School, prepares youth mentally, physically and spiritually, nurturing young minds with education, support, guidance, and advocacy. They promote social awareness, community engagement, and cultural enrichment. They work with community partners to improve communities and empower citizens to become community leaders.

Why We Love Them: We love the sheer number of classes, services, and opportunities available at the Mission Beacon. For example, youth can participate in theatre for social justice, take urban art and murals classes, or learn how to walk on stilts!

How They Found Us: Staff at the Mission Beacon had heard of RTSF through our work on other youth centers in San Francisco.

The Rebuilding Day Team: Cathy Dompe, Tyler Weeks, and Kathy Guerin, from Leadership San Francisco, excelled at leading a large-scale project. Danl Plyler from Sephora and Britt Wenzler from MacFarlane Partners worked together to coordinate over fifty volunteers in five rooms. What a huge, skilled group!

The Work:

Main Room

  • Paint walls below wainscot trim
  • Install freestanding workstations for staff
  • Reorganize existing storage
  • Repurpose storage racks and bins in art or other areas

Game Room

  • Paint walls
  • Organize storage
  • Provide new seating

Courtyard

  • Paint east wall
  • Paint benches

Cafeteria

  • Paint lower portion of walls and columns up to trim

Storage Closet

  • Paint walls
  • Remove unwanted items
  • Rearrange storage racks

 

Young volunteers at the Mission BeaconPartners:

MacFarlane Partners, Sephora USA, and Leadership San Francisco-We are flattered and awed that you teamed up to sponsor this project!

Kelly-Moore Paints-We used a lot of this paint in every room we worked on!

We’re grateful to Michael Sevy for taking photographs for us!

A big thank you as well to any volunteers who weren’t already mentioned.  Pulling off this project was a real team effort and we needed every single body that showed up that day, otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to complete our ambitious goals! Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook!

Project Snapshot: InnerChange

Jun 3, 2014
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Project Snapshot: InnerChange

A happy group of RTSF volunteers at InnerChangeThe Project: InnerChange serves the young transient population of Golden Gate Park and the Haight, as well as performing significant work with Latino gangs and youth currently in juvenile detention. They provide friendship & support to assist people into sobriety, housing, and other transitional services.

This heavily used space can certainly benefit from assistance. Many youth use InnerChange as a safe space to wash laundry, use the internet, work on professional skills, and socialize.

Why We Love Them: As part of InnerChange’s outreach efforts in Golden Gate Park, staff sometimes makes pancakes for the Park’s transient youth. Delicious!

How They Found Us: Our outreach efforts paid off! InnerChange heard our pitch, got an application, and became one of our facility work sites for Rebuilding Day 2014!

The Rebuilding Day Team: Board member JJ Panzer from PPMA raised a huge number of volunteers, with supplemental volunteers led by Scott Haluck. Cibele Ortiz, Andy Stock, and Tudlik Moerk were our project leads for this work site. This was a big job and a job well done!

The Work:

  • Repair or replace light fixtures in all bedrooms (electricians)
  • Clean kitchen cabinets
  • Replace broken handle sets at front doors
  • Install or repair smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers throughoutVolunteers working at InnerChange for Rebuilding Day 2014!
  • Connect ductwork at ground floor gas fireplace
  • Paint as time and volunteers permit (at least hallway and stairs)
  • Replace leaking faucets at 3rd floor kitchen and bathroom
  • Repair gapping windows and provide adjustable framed window screens

Partners:

PPMA-We couldn’t do it without your sponsorship!

Kelly-Moore Paints-We used a lot of this paint in the hallway, stairs, and other spots!

We’re grateful to Michael Sevy for taking photographs for us!

A big thank you as well to any volunteers who weren’t already mentioned.  Pulling off this project was a real team effort and we needed every single body that showed up that day, otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to complete our ambitious goals! Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook!

Project Snapshot: Elk Hotel

Jun 2, 2014
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Project Snapshot: The Elk Hotel

The Project: The Elk Hotel is the Tenderloin Housing Clinic’s newest building. It provides 88 single-room occupancy units to tenants who would otherwise be homeless, giving them a safe, healthy place to live. Acquired in 2006, the Elk features beautiful architecture and a marble-floored lobby. THC also renovated every room soon after taking over the building. However, their funding does not cover cosmetic improvements such as interior paint.Volunteers at the Elk Hotel for Rebuilding Day 2014!

Why we love them: THC has served thousands of clients since their founding in the 1980s. THC and RTSF both believe that San Francisco is for everyone! Our missions are also similar, because we both want a safe and healthy home for every person in San Francisco.

How They Found Us: THC and Rebuilding Together San Francisco have a longstanding partnership that benefits both nonprofits. More importantly, the relationship benefits the thousands of clients that THC has served over the years. During our last Fall Build Day, RTSF put together a team of volunteers to work on the Seneca Hotel, another THC property. The Elk Hotel’s site needs also meant that RTSF had a project where we could place a large volunteer team.

The Rebuilding Day team: Sam Meyer from Zendesk is a longtime volunteer with RTSF. When we knew that we had to pick someone to oversee four floors of painting, we thought of Sam right away! Tiffany Apczinsky, also from Zendesk, was our volunteer captain, responsible for recruiting a volunteer team that totaled over fifty willing painters!

The Work:

  • Paint walls on four floors in common areas.
  • Paint baseboards and door casings in common areas.
  • As time allows, paint exterior doors.

Partners:

Zendesk deserves two big thank-yous: one for sponsoring the entire project and another for supplying our dedicated volunteer painting team!

Kelly-Moore Paints-We used a lot of this paint on every floor!

Thank you to Sam and Tiffany from Zendesk for their leadership on the project.A volunteer painting the Elk Hotel for Rebuilding Day 2014

Thanks also to our longtime volunteer Reynaldo Cayetano, Jr for taking great photos!

A big thank you as well to any volunteers who weren’t already mentioned.  Pulling off this project was a real team effort and we needed every single body that showed up that day, otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to complete our ambitious goals! Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook!

Project Snapshot: City Crossroads

May 30, 2014
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The Project: City Crossroads provides after school care and education enrichment to low-income, multi-ethnic children and families in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood. They continue to adapt their programs to a constantly-changing demographic. City Crossroads’ main facility on 6th Street was in dire need of drywall patching, painting, and kitchen-cleaning. Improving the look and feel of the facility is the best way to encourage more neighborhood youth to take advantage of City Crossroads’ programs.

Why We Love Them: City Crossroads provides comprehensive care and programming, including teaching people about healthy meals, taking kids on field trips, and offering short-term skill-building classes, like teaching clients how to sew and cook. City Crossroads has been operating for thirty years, and SoMa has changed a lot since then; we love that City Crossroads is willing to adapt to meet new needs!

How They Found Us: City Crossroads is an old-time partner for RTSF; we worked on their facility about ten years ago!

The Rebuilding Day Team: Robin Manning from Trumark Urban led the project, while the handy Mike Moberg provided backup and know-how. Jessie Stuart and Ann Moberg, a board member for City Crossroads, led a volunteer team with lots of skills. They made it look easy!

The Work:

  • Paint main room, classroom ceilings and walls
  • Subfloor and tile in main room
  • Clean kitchen
  • Drywall patching
  • Replace back door

Partners:

Trumark Urban-thank you for sponsoring this project!

Kelly-Moore Paints-We used a lot of this paint in almost every room and hallway!

We’re grateful to Reynaldo Cayetano, Jr. for taking photographs for us!

A big thank you as well to any volunteers who weren’t already mentioned.  Pulling off this project was a real team effort and we needed every single body that showed up that day, otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to complete our ambitious goals! Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook!

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Project Snapshot: Alemany Farm

May 29, 2014
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 af2Project Snapshot: Alemany Farm

The Project: Alemany Farm is a project of SF Parks Alliance, providing space to grow organic foods for harvest by local residents and to distribute their produce as donations to free food programs. Alemany Farm also provides hands-on tutoring for local residents, so that they can become responsible stewards of San Francisco’s land.

Why We Love Them: In 2012 they provided more than 2 tons of free, fresh produce to the local community. Work on the farm never stops!

How They Found Us: Brett Stephens, one of our longtime volunteers, sits on San Francisco’s Alemany Farm Community Advisory Committee. Brett is also a co-owner of SF Landscapes.

The Rebuilding Day Team: Justin Brodowski, James Deasy, and Chris Pioli served as project leads for this unique worksite. It’s not every day you work on a farm! First-time volunteer Erica Hays kept track of over fifty volunteers as our volunteer captain for the project.

The Work:

  • Repair footbridge and handrail
  • Put in handrail at ‘longer’ staircase
  • Replace stairs down into Housing Authority
  • Clear out wheelbarrow shed & brace it
  • Cut & install shelving plus flooring in shed
  • Improve/upgrade tool storage

 

Partners:

SEAONC-This project would not have happened without your sponsorship!

We’re grateful to Wilfredo Raguro for taking photographs for us!

A big thank you as well to any volunteers who weren’t already mentioned.  Pulling off this project was a real team effort and we needed every single body that showed up that day, otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to complete our ambitious goals! Don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook!

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