My grandpa is an 82 year old widower. He lives alone in a quiet community in the hills outside of Redlands and is still a full time practicing lawyer. On weekends, he commutes 74 miles to San Clemente where he sees old friends, runs errands, and enjoys the ease of life that a compact, ocean side community offers. It’s not that Redlands doesn’t have these amenities. It’s that San Clemente offers a certain type of community that my grandpa prefers on the weekends. In Redlands, where his job is, his home is isolated, quiet and his primary acquaintances are his cats.
Recently, my grandpa had surgery and, although the surgery went well, the recovery has left him tired and slow, which has led him to realize that where he lives really matters. As my grandpa and our family face the fact “Grandpa really is getting older,” it’s made the question of how younger generations and how our cities will grapple with aging baby boomers all the pertinent.
I can’t hear you! Aye-aye CAPTAIN!
As we gear up for Rebuilding Day 2012, dedication and determination are the two factors that our captains have — both volunteer and construction captains. Being a captain means that one is given a mission and they are able to lead their crew to a successful Rebuilding Day. This mission consists of several steps that guide our captains and will ensure our homeowners and facilities with the promises RTSF has made, to rebuild.
Meet the dynamic Construction Captain duo of Cibele Ortiz and Tudlik Moerk. Cibele has always been an active volunteer with other organizations, but while going to school for Architecture, she decided to find a volunteer opportunity that would utilize her new found skills. Tudlik’s beginning at Rebuilding Together San Francisco is less complex, “She dragged me in on the first project.”
The two continue to volunteer for RTSF because, “It’s fun” and, “The people we help are super cute.” The other benefits include being a part of good, challenging projects and Cibele mentions the Construction Management experience she has gained is great for building up her resume.
Tudlik suggests, “If you’re unsure, if you’re on the fence about the whole thing, go do a project once.” Cibele adds, “You kinda… fall in love with it.” Meet both at our September 22nd, Changing Neighborhoods, Changing Lives fundraiser.