Born and raised in Kentucky, the responses I’ve received when I’ve had to show my driver’s license or when I’ve mentioned where I’m from have ranged from disbelief to pity, from skepticism to downright bewilderment. To most people around these parts, it seems to me, Kentucky is a mythical, magical far-away place that no one is actually from. In fact, it seems the South in general is regarded as a realm too un-real to be taken for serious. As a Southerner myself, I can say in jest that this is probably partly true, but the fact that I’m met with so much incredulity has definitely taken me aback. Read More »
RTSF has been undergoing some changes lately, such as our transition from rickety technology, to the sleek data filing system of Salesforce. And we couldn’t have done it without Philip Faulconer! Read More »
Headquartered in San Francisco, Bank of the West has been a generous sponsor of RTSF since first partnering with us in 2006. During that time, they have donated more than $100,000 towards home repair and neighborhood revitalization and put in thousands of hours of volunteer service. Talent Acquisition Manager for Bank of the West and RTSF board member Tim Dupre recently took some time to talk to us about our unique partnership. Read More »
– Your roof seems to be leaking. Do you plan to fix it?
– Well, right now it’s raining too hard.
– Then why not when the sun is shining?
– It doesn’t leak then.
Starting out as a field volunteer with Pacific Bell, Cathy served each April with RTSF for several years before she made the leap to managing her own RD site as a project lead. Now with four years of project lead experience behind her, RTSF is honored to present Cathy as our August volunteer of the month. Read More »
I grew up in a rural town with more cows than people in upstate New York. My parents were – and still are – solidly lower middle-income folks. My father works for the local school district. My mother has never worked a job providing benefits. We did our back-to-school shopping at the Salvation Army. We didn’t eat venison for reasons of health but because it was free. My first – and only – car was a 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera that shivered and dribbled fluids like a saturated sponge. I inherited it when my cousin joined the priesthood. I was 21 the first time I left the Northeast. I could never afford the ticket before. Read More »
Times have changed, elders used to be at the top of society’s hierarchy; sadly they do not hold that same position today. Their wisdom is infrequently sought after, instead their bank accounts and inheritance are. Today’s senior citizen vulnerability invites financial abuse, emotional and physical abuse, neglect and even self-neglect. In San Francisco, many are left in their homes widowed, friendless and their families have moved outside of the urban bubble. Read More »
June is Pride Month. This is certainly a big deal for LGBT seniors. After all, aging boomers remember when homosexuality was classified as a mental illness. They remember the Stonewall riots. Some remember Jose Sarria, the first openly gay person to run for public office. More remember Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected. They were the face of the AIDS epidemic, and since more than half of those living with AIDS in San Francisco are over the age of 50, they still are. They have seen the sympathy of the general public move from ignorance, to suspicion, to hostility, to pity, to tolerance, to acceptance, and finally, to celebration. Read More »
Have you met our June volunteer of the month, Kevin Skiles? If you haven’t, then you should. Kevin has volunteered with us since April of 2001, first as a skilled volunteer for 12 years, then as a member of the board for 3, and now as board president for a year and a half. Read More »
We just finished a really BIG event in April – our National Rebuilding Day. On April 27, 900 volunteers completed significant repairs at 9 homes, 2 schools, 8 community facilities and 2 small businesses. Local companies, faith communities and membership organizations contributed $220,000 which was leveraged to produce a market value of $700,000 worth of repairs! Read More »