Are these volunteers having too much fun?


On Saturday June 22, volunteers from First Congregational Church of Berkeley joined forces with volunteers from Ashby Village to complete work on the home of Vivian Jenkins. Working on Vivian’s home was particularly gratifying because of all the community work Vivian has done throughout her life, feeding and helping the less fortunate. Vivian shares her home with her grand-daughter and twin 5 year old great grand-daughters. This was the second phase of work on Vivian’s home. The first phase, done in March of this year, addressed health and safety issues. The second phase, completed on Saturday, included prepping and painting the exterior. Vivian picked the colors, and it looks good!

Photos from phase one; health and safety, March 2019

Who We Are

Neighbors helping neighbors, like the barn-raising of old, is the American spirit in action.  Rebuilding Together (formerly Christmas in April) was born of that spirit as people came together to help low-income neighbors fix their houses—first in Texas, then in Washington D.C. and then California and beyond.

Neighbors helping neighbors, like the barn-raising of old, is the American spirit in action.  Rebuilding Together (formerly Christmas in April) was born of that spirit as people came together to help low-income neighbors fix their houses—first in Texas, then in Washington D.C. and then California and beyond.

Rebuilding Together believes in a safe and healthy home for every person.  This means that we believe disabled and aging homeowners should be able to remain in their homes for as long as possible.

What We Do

Rebuilding Together East Bay-North, or RTEBN as we call it, is a local nonprofit that preserves affordable home ownership and revitalizes communities by providing free rehabilitation and critical repairs to the homes of low-income seniors, disabled and veterans.  We also provide repairs for nonprofits and community organizations like senior centers, schools, medical clinics, nursing homes and shelters that serve low-income people right here in our own neighborhoods.  We can only do this with the support of roughly 1,000 volunteers and donations from individuals, corporations, private foundations, and small business owners.

Why We Do It

Many of our neighbors worked hard all their lives, but now are unable to maintain their homes in safe and secure conditions.  Physical disabilities and financial hardship prevent seniors from completing critical repairs needed for their homes, resulting in dangerous and unhealthy living conditions. With more people living longer than at any time in the history of this country, low-income homeowners often have no place to turn to when the roof begins to leak and the front steps crumble and the heater breaks down.  Our goal is to preserve these houses and neighborhoods and assure a warm, dry and safe home for people in need.

How to Partner with Us

We invite you to learn more about our work; to volunteer with us; and to support our work.