The Project: Ms. D moved temporarily to her childhood home in 1995 to care for her mother, moving into the downstairs in-law. At the time, caring of her mother was her top priority until the tables were turned a year later when Ms. D was diagnosed with lupus. Ms. D later inherited her home in 2000; the same home she once shared with her mom, dad and 7 siblings.
Why we Love her: Despite the hardships she has encountered in the past 20 years, Ms. D continues to be optimistic and a hard worker. Like many San Franciscans, Ms. D is a true SF Giants fan! During baseball season, she works for the Giants ushering. Ms. D also works part time at the Black Coalition on AIDS and works with the youth from her church.
How She Found Us: Eavesdropping and word of mouth is a great way to outreach. Ms. D was riding the Muni to work when she overheard two passengers talking about the services RTSF offers. She could not believe and applied right away!
The Need: Although Ms. D inherited her home in 2000, she continued to live in the downstairs in-law. Before Ms. D found RTSF, she would use her stove burners to heat her home – a fire hazard! Her kitchen sink was leaking, limiting her ability to wash her dishes. The front stairs where cracked and sinking, and her garage floor had a shallow hole adjacent to the stairs. Ms. D’s multigenerational home was in need of help and our Rebuilding Day volunteers came to her rescue!
The Rebuilding Day Team: Ms. D’s project was lead by Construction Captain Jeff Schwab from Moroso Construction and Volunteer Captains Herald Chen from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company, Ronnie Bloomberg from Moroso Construction, Roberta Beach and Joan O’Neil from Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep. Jeff determined the scope of the project and coordinated the efforts of all the individuals and companies that volunteered their labor and time. A special thank you goes out to Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep Volleyball team who rolled up their sleeves, boxed all of her belongings, and moved Ms. D out of the downstairs in law into her newly renovated and painted home upstairs – hours before their Junior Prom, may I add.