The Project: Ms. M along with her three cousins decided to venture out to sunny California from Mississippi. Ms. M spent her life in San Francisco working as a nurse at UCSF while her husband was a Merchant Seaman. Ms. M is now 90 years old and her top priority is the safety of her family. Ms. M describes her home as a safe haven for all her nieces and nephews. As her niece stated, “It is a blessing to have an aunt that is willing to take care of others.” Read More »
Vivian and Marian Brown are one of San Francisco’s favorite local icons, both for their penchant for dressing alike in snappy outfits, including smart hats atop perfectly coiffed hair, and their friendly and playful attitudes.
The Project: The Oceanview/Merced/Ingleside Family Resource Center (OMI-FRC) offers a large variety of services to the diverse OMI community. Their mission is to strengthen the community through support geared towards families, support education, advocacy and community involvement.
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The Project: Swords to Plowshares is a great organization that serves our Veterans and RTSF looked forward to serving them. War causes wounds and suffering that lasts beyond the battlefield and their mission is to heal the wounds, to restore dignity, hope and self-sufficiency to veterans in need, and to significantly reduce homelessness and poverty among veterans. Read More »
Watching the videos of Johanna Quaas, the 86 year young German gymnast, I realized that she is inifinitely cooler than I will ever be. Apparently she just does gymnastics “for fun” and that she has stopped participating in competitions because all of the other participents were in their 70′s and “I want to give the others a chance too. And to perform against 70-year-olds all the time is no fun after a while.” Because she’s that awesome. 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!).
I have so many other things I should be doing but instead, I stumbled onto this amazing article about Arthur Webb, the 70 year young BEAST who runs the Badwater Ultra Marathon. For non-running folks (like me), let me explain how insane this is: this ultra marathon is a 135 mile course that starts in Death Valley (120-130 degrees) and ends halfway up Mount Whitney. Arthur’s goal time is anything under 48 hours – just let that sink in folks. Running for 2 full days, in 120 degree desert weather, uphill, on pavement that reaches 200 degrees. Read More »
The Project: The Potrero Hill Neighborhood House (PHNH) is the center of the Potrero Hill neighborhood. The organization’s motto is to serve from the cradle to the grave and they achieve their goal by offering programs from childcare to senior luncheons and many services in between.
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The Project: Ms. B never could have imagined needing help from Rebuilding Together when she bought her Portola home 21 years ago. At that time this Hawaiian native was in good health and together with her family she had big plans for her dream house. They worked hard over the years, renovating bit by bit, transforming a house in to a home. Fast forward to 2011: Ms B. is disabled and scraping by on a tiny income while her greatest investment slowly crumbles around her. Read More »