Rebuilding Together to Renovate More Than 240 Homes and Non-Profit Facilities Throughout Bay Area

Low-Income, Elderly and Disabled Homeowners Across Bay Area Benefit From

National Rebuilding Weekend Effort April 28th & 29th



Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Rebuilding Together

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Rebuilding Together
 (formerly Christmas in April) a volunteer organization dedicated to repairing
 homes of low-income and physically limited homeowners, today announced it will
 rebuild more than 186 homes and 54 non-profit facilities across the Bay Area
 on April 28th and 29th.
     As part of the Rebuilding Together National Rebuilding Weekend, thousands
 of local volunteers and businesses in affiliates representing Berkeley, Diablo
 Valley, Marin, Peninsula, Oakland, Petaluma, San Francisco and Silicon Valley
 communities, will come together to rebuild the homes of elderly, low-income
 and physically limited Bay Area residents so they can live in safety, warmth
 and independence.
     "Rebuilding Together volunteers are part of the solution to our city's
 extreme housing crisis," said Maureen Carew, executive director, Rebuilding
 Together San Francisco.  "Their work on April 28th and 29th will make a huge
 difference for low-income families and nonprofit agencies, two groups hit
 hardest by the high cost of living.  At the end of the day, they'll see the
 impact they've made."
     Working in partnership with the community, the April 28th and 29th
 Rebuilding Weekend will include over 17,000 Rebuilding Together volunteers
 working together in more than 30 cities and towns across the Bay Area.
 Some of the residents receiving assistance from Rebuilding Together Bay Area
 include:
 
     The Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center (TARC):
     Located in the heart of San Francisco's Tenderloin district, TARC provides
 direct services including counseling, case management, on-site medical and
 psychiatric care and HIV prevention, testing and treatment education, for
 homeless people living with HIV/AIDS.  Rebuilding Together San Francisco will
 renovate this facility, including interior painting, carpet-laying, and wall
 construction, in partnership with architecture and design firm Gensler, Inc.,
 and volunteers and funds from GATX Capital Corporation so that TARC may
 continue to use their budgets for vital client services.
 
     Emergency Housing Consortium (EHC):
     Located in downtown San Jose, EHC provides housing and a full range of
 services designed to end homelessness in Santa Clara County.  Participants in
 the program pay a minimal fee, which is not enough to cover the maintenance
 costs of the property.  In partnership with Adobe Systems Incorporated,
 Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley will rehabilitate an EHC facility that
 provides transitional housing for homeless single mothers with children.
 Renovation tasks include carpet and flooring replacement, cabinet and plumbing
 work, window replacement and interior painting.
 
     The Millers:
     An elderly Jewish couple who survived Nazi-occupied France, The Millers
 are both in their nineties and have had multiple medical problems.  On
 April 28th, Rebuilding Together Berkeley will repair the home's hazardous
 walkway, correct exposed electrical wiring, replace the roof covering, and
 improve dim lighting throughout the house.  The work will allow the couple to
 remain in this house and community, where they are viewed fondly by their
 neighbors as the block's surrogate grandparents.  In a case of poetic justice,
 the Miller's daughter Odette served on the Board of the Elders Network in the
 early 1990's when they established Christmas in April (now Rebuilding
 Together) in Albany and Berkeley.  Odette applied for the home rehabilitation
 on behalf of her parents, but sadly, did not live to see the work completed.
 She died in February, following a lengthy illness.
 
     "Mrs. M":
     A woman in her 80's who has been caring for children her entire life,
 Mrs. M believes that her blessing comes in the form of Rebuilding Together's
 efforts.  In addition to raising her own 13 children and several
 grandchildren, she adopted three children and two sets of twins from the
 foster care system.  Mrs. M stated that "Regardless of skin color I will never
 turn down a child who is in need of loving care."  She has lived in East
 Palo Alto for over 30 years, and was forced to work two jobs to avoid welfare.
 Rebuilding Together Mid-Peninsula is honored to give back to a woman who has
 given so much to others.
 
     Rebuilding Together also partners with several other Bay Area groups who
 provide volunteers and pro-bono services during the months of planning prior
 to Rebuilding Weekend.  These include:
 
     -- Positive Energy, which organizes and trains teams of volunteers to
 install weather-stripping and provide other energy conservation solutions.  On
 Rebuilding Weekend roving bands of each home to make them energy efficient.
     -- PDCA, an association of painters and decorators, which organizes
 lead-prevention teams for San Francisco Rebuilding Weekend projects.  PDCA
 members donate their time to make every site lead-safe for beneficiaries,
 neighbors and volunteers before Rebuilding Weekend work begins.
     -- Occupational Therapists Association of California.  Volunteers from
 OTAC donate their professional services and visit San Francisco senior
 homeowners in the weeks before Rebuilding Weekend.  Their expert assessments
 play a key role in creating a Rebuilding Weekend scope of work that ensures
 that volunteers will make appropriate safety modifications to each home,
 increasing the independence of the homeowner.
     -- San Francisco middle and high schools.  Rebuilding Together San
 Francisco (RTSF) coordinates an annual oral history project that matches
 students with senior homeowners.  Youth volunteers interview homeowners and
 their stories become an integral part of RTSF's captains' training.  This is
 the first glimpse volunteers have of the homeowner, and is also a great way to
 get youth involved in Rebuilding Together's larger citywide effort.
 
     On April 28th and 29th the impact of the Rebuilding Together National
 Rebuilding Weekend will be felt across America, reaching 265 Rebuilding
 Together affiliates who will rehabilitate more than 7,800 houses and
 non-profit facilities.  More than 245,000 volunteers will donate their time
 and skills to revitalizing 770 cities and towns across the Nation, making over
 $86 million in market value improvements.  More than 70,000 elderly, people
 with disabilities and families with children will be helped by the efforts of
 Rebuilding Together programs throughout the country.
     Bay Area homeowners or non-profit facilities interested in receiving
 assistance for the Rebuilding Together National Rebuilding Day 2002 should
 call 415-905-1611 or visit www.rebuildingtogether.org to locate the nearest
 affiliate.  The organization will also help interested parties find community
 assistance and additional resources.
 
     About Rebuilding Together
     Rebuilding Together (formerly Christmas in April) is the leading provider
 of free home rehabilitation services to low-income citizens, particularly
 elderly, and disabled people and families with children.  In 1988, Christmas
 in April USA was founded as a national organization with 13 affiliates serving
 18 states.  Through 2000, the organization grew to include 770 cities and
 towns in all 50 states.  Nearly 1.4 million volunteers contributed more than
 14.5 million hours to rehabilitate 47,000 homes and nonprofit facilities.  In
 2001, over 245,000 men and women will donate 2.5 million hours of time to
 rehabilitate nearly 8,000 houses and non-profit facilities.
 
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SOURCE Rebuilding Together
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Rebuilding Together
 (formerly Christmas in April) a volunteer organization dedicated to repairing
 homes of low-income and physically limited homeowners, today announced it will
 rebuild more than 186 homes and 54 non-profit facilities across the Bay Area
 on April 28th and 29th.
     As part of the Rebuilding Together National Rebuilding Weekend, thousands
 of local volunteers and businesses in affiliates representing Berkeley, Diablo
 Valley, Marin, Peninsula, Oakland, Petaluma, San Francisco and Silicon Valley
 communities, will come together to rebuild the homes of elderly, low-income
 and physically limited Bay Area residents so they can live in safety, warmth
 and independence.
     "Rebuilding Together volunteers are part of the solution to our city's
 extreme housing crisis," said Maureen Carew, executive director, Rebuilding
 Together San Francisco.  "Their work on April 28th and 29th will make a huge
 difference for low-income families and nonprofit agencies, two groups hit
 hardest by the high cost of living.  At the end of the day, they'll see the
 impact they've made."
     Working in partnership with the community, the April 28th and 29th
 Rebuilding Weekend will include over 17,000 Rebuilding Together volunteers
 working together in more than 30 cities and towns across the Bay Area.
 Some of the residents receiving assistance from Rebuilding Together Bay Area
 include:
 
     The Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center (TARC):
     Located in the heart of San Francisco's Tenderloin district, TARC provides
 direct services including counseling, case management, on-site medical and
 psychiatric care and HIV prevention, testing and treatment education, for
 homeless people living with HIV/AIDS.  Rebuilding Together San Francisco will
 renovate this facility, including interior painting, carpet-laying, and wall
 construction, in partnership with architecture and design firm Gensler, Inc.,
 and volunteers and funds from GATX Capital Corporation so that TARC may
 continue to use their budgets for vital client services.
 
     Emergency Housing Consortium (EHC):
     Located in downtown San Jose, EHC provides housing and a full range of
 services designed to end homelessness in Santa Clara County.  Participants in
 the program pay a minimal fee, which is not enough to cover the maintenance
 costs of the property.  In partnership with Adobe Systems Incorporated,
 Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley will rehabilitate an EHC facility that
 provides transitional housing for homeless single mothers with children.
 Renovation tasks include carpet and flooring replacement, cabinet and plumbing
 work, window replacement and interior painting.
 
     The Millers:
     An elderly Jewish couple who survived Nazi-occupied France, The Millers
 are both in their nineties and have had multiple medical problems.  On
 April 28th, Rebuilding Together Berkeley will repair the home's hazardous
 walkway, correct exposed electrical wiring, replace the roof covering, and
 improve dim lighting throughout the house.  The work will allow the couple to
 remain in this house and community, where they are viewed fondly by their
 neighbors as the block's surrogate grandparents.  In a case of poetic justice,
 the Miller's daughter Odette served on the Board of the Elders Network in the
 early 1990's when they established Christmas in April (now Rebuilding
 Together) in Albany and Berkeley.  Odette applied for the home rehabilitation
 on behalf of her parents, but sadly, did not live to see the work completed.
 She died in February, following a lengthy illness.
 
     "Mrs. M":
     A woman in her 80's who has been caring for children her entire life,
 Mrs. M believes that her blessing comes in the form of Rebuilding Together's
 efforts.  In addition to raising her own 13 children and several
 grandchildren, she adopted three children and two sets of twins from the
 foster care system.  Mrs. M stated that "Regardless of skin color I will never
 turn down a child who is in need of loving care."  She has lived in East
 Palo Alto for over 30 years, and was forced to work two jobs to avoid welfare.
 Rebuilding Together Mid-Peninsula is honored to give back to a woman who has
 given so much to others.
 
     Rebuilding Together also partners with several other Bay Area groups who
 provide volunteers and pro-bono services during the months of planning prior
 to Rebuilding Weekend.  These include:
 
     -- Positive Energy, which organizes and trains teams of volunteers to
 install weather-stripping and provide other energy conservation solutions.  On
 Rebuilding Weekend roving bands of each home to make them energy efficient.
     -- PDCA, an association of painters and decorators, which organizes
 lead-prevention teams for San Francisco Rebuilding Weekend projects.  PDCA
 members donate their time to make every site lead-safe for beneficiaries,
 neighbors and volunteers before Rebuilding Weekend work begins.
     -- Occupational Therapists Association of California.  Volunteers from
 OTAC donate their professional services and visit San Francisco senior
 homeowners in the weeks before Rebuilding Weekend.  Their expert assessments
 play a key role in creating a Rebuilding Weekend scope of work that ensures
 that volunteers will make appropriate safety modifications to each home,
 increasing the independence of the homeowner.
     -- San Francisco middle and high schools.  Rebuilding Together San
 Francisco (RTSF) coordinates an annual oral history project that matches
 students with senior homeowners.  Youth volunteers interview homeowners and
 their stories become an integral part of RTSF's captains' training.  This is
 the first glimpse volunteers have of the homeowner, and is also a great way to
 get youth involved in Rebuilding Together's larger citywide effort.
 
     On April 28th and 29th the impact of the Rebuilding Together National
 Rebuilding Weekend will be felt across America, reaching 265 Rebuilding
 Together affiliates who will rehabilitate more than 7,800 houses and
 non-profit facilities.  More than 245,000 volunteers will donate their time
 and skills to revitalizing 770 cities and towns across the Nation, making over
 $86 million in market value improvements.  More than 70,000 elderly, people
 with disabilities and families with children will be helped by the efforts of
 Rebuilding Together programs throughout the country.
     Bay Area homeowners or non-profit facilities interested in receiving
 assistance for the Rebuilding Together National Rebuilding Day 2002 should
 call 415-905-1611 or visit www.rebuildingtogether.org to locate the nearest
 affiliate.  The organization will also help interested parties find community
 assistance and additional resources.
 
     About Rebuilding Together
     Rebuilding Together (formerly Christmas in April) is the leading provider
 of free home rehabilitation services to low-income citizens, particularly
 elderly, and disabled people and families with children.  In 1988, Christmas
 in April USA was founded as a national organization with 13 affiliates serving
 18 states.  Through 2000, the organization grew to include 770 cities and
 towns in all 50 states.  Nearly 1.4 million volunteers contributed more than
 14.5 million hours to rehabilitate 47,000 homes and nonprofit facilities.  In
 2001, over 245,000 men and women will donate 2.5 million hours of time to
 rehabilitate nearly 8,000 houses and non-profit facilities.
 
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