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.
The Project: Ms. G is an elderly widow living in the Excelsior and has lived in her home for 43 years. Her husband was a part of the US Navy and a big part of her life. Maintaining her home became very difficult for her after Mr. G passed on.
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It’s been only 2 weeks since I first walked in the door at RTSF and it’s hard to believe! The constant, and once distracting sound, of drilling for the America’s Cup outside our window has become strangely soothing to me now. That hasn’t been the only indication of me “settling in” here of course, as these past weeks have been filled with great sights and adventures that have allowed me to get to know this new city even better. Read More »
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 »
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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Rebuilding Together San Francisco congratulates Rebuilding Day Sponsors who made the San Francisco Business Times 2012 List of Top Corporate Philanthropists!
Each year dozens of local companies sponsor Rebuilding Day projects with financial and volunteer support. Since 1998, this translates into $4 million dollars and 80,000 volunteer hours spent repairing homes and renovating nonprofit facilities and schools in San Francisco’s under-served neighborhoods! Read More »
The Project: Ms. S grew up in Mississippi and decided to move to San Francisco after visiting her aunt in 1965. She packed all her belongings and left Mississippi, taking her three young children with her. Ms. S later bought her house in the OMI neighborhood and has been living in her home for the past 20 years. Rebuilding Together San Francisco (RTSF) hopes that the services provided will make Ms. S’s home safer for herself as well as her granddaughter and great-granddaughter. Read More »
Let me start out by saying, I am horrible at goodbyes - which is ironic considering how much of our job involves goodbyes. We spend about a year working very closely with our project homeowners and facility partners and then after the Build Day, we part ways. Similarly, we get to work very closely with our AmeriCorps members for about 10 months before they fly off onto new life adventures. And today is one of those days – today is the last day of service for our Program Development Associate, Andrew Oommen. Read More »