Be a part of 4/25 Rebuilding Day and help neighbors in need.
e-Newsletter | January 16, 2020
Be a Part of Spring Rebuilding Day!
There are many ways you can be a part of Spring Rebuilding Day on Saturday, April 25! We are looking for volunteers interested in being House Captains to lead a project. A House Captain is an integral part of Rebuilding Day and is responsible for planning and executing a safe and quality project that impacts both homeowners and volunteers. House Captains develop a realistic scope of work, create a materials list, determine volunteer needs, acquire materials, and oversee the workflow.
All current and prospective House Captains, please note the date for our Rebuilding Day Kick-Offis Thursday, February 27th at 6:00 pm! Dinner will be served.
Another way to be a part of Rebuilding Day is to become a sponsor. We could not provide life-changing repairs for our low-income neighbors without the generous support of our sponsors. Each Rebuilding Day project is supported by a financial sponsor. Sponsors have the opportunity to choose the homeowner they serve, as well as provide a group of volunteers on Rebuilding Day. The Rebuilding Day experience allows your office, congregation, group or team to work together to create a better living environment for a homeowner in need; surely an unforgettable experience for all involved. Please contact Alaina Purcell (408) 578-9519 x 1004, firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. The deadline for sponsorship is 2/20, so contact Alaina now to secure your spot!
Thank you to the current Sponsors of Spring 2020 Rebuilding Day!
Advantest America, Inc.
Church on the Hill
excite Credit Union
Grace South Bay
Hitachi Vantara Corporation
IQV Construction & Roofing
Mission Bell, A USA Millwork Company
Rebecca's Rockin Rebuilders
San Jose Water Company
Santa Clara Rotary
Southland Industries/ Envise
Wells Fargo Housing Foundation
West San Jose Kiwanis Club
West Valley Construction Company
Why We [Re]Build How does Rebuilding Together contribute to the affordable housing solution?
By Deanne Everton
We all know that affordable housing is a BIG issue in Silicon Valley. Everyday folks are getting priced out of the market, teetering on the edge of eviction, living shoulder to shoulder, in their car, on the streets…we’re all quite familiar with the stories.
Where does Rebuilding Together fit in? Are we a part of the solution? At RTSV, we believe that everyone deserves a safe and healthy home. And as confirmed by the Bipartisan Policy Committee in a report they published around senior housing and health, they believe that the first step in providing affordable housing for seniors is to preserve the housing stock we already have. And that’s where we begin as well.
RTSV responds to urgent health and safety needs of low-income, older adults and people with disabilities, living in their own home, by addressing overdue critical repairs and accessibility modifications. On average, our clients have lived in their home for 25.5 years. Their average age is 74 years old with an annual income of $32,774.
For many of the homeowners we serve, the cost of medicine, hospital trips, treatments, and in-home care specialist eat away at the retirement they had so diligently saved. Where do home repairs come in? Too many to count that have been left undone.
We want to make it possible for homeowners to age in place, versus being stuck in place, which is often the case for people in lower socioeconomic situations. Only half of seniors or people with disabilities have the modifications in their home that they need. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths for older Americans—and most falls happen at home. The average cost of treatment for a fall is $35,000. Yet the cost of a grab bar is $25. Handrails, grab bars, and improved lighting have shown to prevent falls and other accidents.
This is where RTSV comes in! We address these overdue repairs and critical safety and/or accessibility repairs for older adults and people with disabilities who don't have the means to do so. We have served Santa Clara County since 1991, having completed work on over 4,500 homes and community projects. But we can't do it without help from people like you. Without donors, we cannot fund our projects…without volunteers, we cannot perform our work…and without clients, we cannot serve our community. We thank you! We are [Re]Builders!
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[Re]Build is a movement to repair homes and revitalize communities across the country. Through [Re]Build, Rebuilding Together is accelerating its work to support families with young children, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities and victims of a disaster. The goal of the campaign is to transform neighborhoods throughout the country into vibrant places, restoring pride, dignity, and hope in every community. Thank you for being a [Re]Builder!