Sereno Group Palo Alto is pleased to announce our Second Quarter, 2017, 1% For Good Beneficiary: Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP). RTP is a one-of-a-kind local organization that provides renovation and repair services to houses owned by our community’s most vulnerable residents. RTP is one of 39 state satellites of Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit, committed to bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and the lives of low income homeowners.
With the dedication and expertise of more than 3,000 volunteers and local corporate partners, RTP rebuilds, repairs and renovates more than 250 Peninsula properties annually. RTP’s underlying vision is that every person needs a safe and healthy home in which to live, learn and grow. During its 27 years, RTP has given back $2.5M in market value to more than 1,150 homes.
Last year, on September, 11, our National Day of Service and Remembrance, RTP partnered with Facebook to provide repairs such as interior/exterior painting, accessibility upgrades, grab bar and handrail installation, landscape cleanup and fencing repairs, fire and safety upgrades, etc. to three homeowners who have been living in their Menlo Park homes since 1951, 1961, and 1962 respectively. David Cattivera, Executive Director of RTP said, “I continue to be amazed by our partners like Facebook who come to the table with time, skill and resources on behalf of those who need it most.”
April 29, 2017 is National Rebuilding Day within the month of April which is National Rebuilding Month. RTP celebrates each day of April with ongoing repair and rebuilding services for housing and community facilities in need of attention throughout the Peninsula. For companies that cannot provide volunteers during April and/or the day April 29, RTP has the Team Build Program that provides team building opportunities year round for rehabilitation projects. Additionally, the RTP Safe at Home Minor Home Repair Program operates on a year-round basis as well to help seniors, veterans, people with disabilities and families with children live more independently.
The Future Leaders Council of RTP focuses on developing tomorrow’s philanthropic leaders who are committed to ensuring safe and healthy homes and neighborhoods for everyone. When asked why they wanted to become members of the RTP Future Leaders Council, Laura Welsh of IXL Learning said, “Home matters.” Alsonso Orellare of Visual St. Films quoted Jonathan Swift, “Vision is the Act of seeing what is invisible to others.” “I want to empower our community,” said Ingrid Lin of Google. And Dan Rozakis of Shutterfly, among other Future Leaders, said, “The road to success is always under construction.”
Rebuilding Together Peninsula celebrates its Dreams Happen Biennial event on Saturday, June, 3 at 7PM. Sponsored by and held at the Stanford Shopping Center, Dreams Happen (DreamsHappen@RTPeninsula.org) connects renowned architects and builders to create unique, spectacularly designed, life-sized children’s playhouses for auction at this magnificent dinner event. Please join us in supporting Rebuilding Together Peninsula at the Dreams Happen soiree and/or any way you are able to contribute to making all our homes and neighborhoods safe and healthy.