Although Ms. W lives in the Bayview now, she grew up in Alexandria, Louisiana, and still has cousins there, though her family is, she admits, ‘scattered all over the country.’ Like the Olympics, the family rotates reunions between cities where relatives have settled. ‘We last had it here in ’88, so it’s been awhile, but maybe real soon. Not ’14 but ’16,’ says Ms. W. Read More »
In March, Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies released a working paper validating the critical role that Rebuilding Together provides in the affordable housing industry and citing significant improvements made by affiliates across the country. They came to this conclusion by crunching the numbers. So we thought we might do the same.
This month Rebuilding Together San Francisco is highlighting volunteer, intern and social media guru, Emily Marsh! Emily started interning with RTSF the end of November 2012 and was with us through the beginning of March 2013. Her attentive, driven and quick-witted personality was a great asset to our social media planning and strategy; as for our social media following and awareness, Emily enhanced these by leaps and bounds during her short period with us. Read More »
Everyone in some way pays dues to their neighborhood, whether they realize it or not. They are financially invested into this private society by the simple acts of buying their groceries at the same store as their neighbors, by paying their bills to the same utility companies, by using the same thoroughfares to get around. The dollars which they have earned they are investing back into the place where they live. But different neighborhoods retain that investment in different ways. And financial investment does not always inspire emotional investment. 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.
On Saturday February 9th Rebuilding Together San Francisco completed the second phase of its Seismic Safety pilot program. Through this program our volunteers made the homes of three low-income families safer in the event of an earthquake. The weekend of the 9th we installed plywood stiffening panels (also known as shear walls), which reduce the ability of a home to rock side to side or front to back.
Why serve in San Francisco? Yes, it is a lovely place, and yes the espressos are quite nice, and I do love a good walk in Golden Gate Park, but mainly, to be blunt, it is because the affiliate hired me before any other had the chance. So, perhaps the better question is, why service? For that, I would have to articulate what it means – to me, anyway – to be a citizen.