Thanks to You - Our Rebuilding Together Boston Sponsors and Volunteers!
Together, We Made Critical Repairs to Six Homes and the Blackstone Community Center on April 24th and April 25th
Rebuilding Together Boston recently completed two days of service to celebrate "National Rebuilding Month" in conjunction with 166 Rebuilding Together affiliates across the country. Thanks to the generosity of Wells Fargo, Rebuilding Together Boston started with renovations to the Blackstone Community Center in the South End on Friday, April 24th. The next day in Dorchester, Hyde Park and Roslindale, we enjoyed blue skies and a great day all-around as RTB volunteers led renovation projects thanks to the other sponsors listed below at six homes.
Rebuilding Together Boston volunteers made critical repairs to the residences of low-income Boston homeowners who can't maintain their homes due to financial, health and other related constraints. Labor included repairs to two veterans' homes as well as four senior citizen homeowners with health issues and a single mom. Projects included new stairs and handrails, new flooring, and a new storm door at the home of a blind veteran whose home also was damaged by winter storms; installation of new windows and doors at multiple locations; new insulation, new fencing, painting and stair replacement at the home of a single mom with limited means; interior wall patching, repairs and painting as well as porch and stair replacements for a senior with arthritis; installation of a handicap ramp and a retrofitted bathroom for a family matriarch who suffered a stroke; as well as other electrical and plumbing repairs and landscaping at multiple sites.
This work was made possible by the generosity of sponsors and many of their employee volunteers: Amramp, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Booz Allen Hamilton, Bullhorn, DiMella Shaffer, Gilbane Building Company, Grand Circle Foundation, Pro Teck Valuation Services, Sea-Dar Construction, Skanska USA, Starbucks Coffee Company, Walsh Brothers, and Wells Fargo. In addition, Rebuilding Together Boston appreciates the many skilled tradespersons, including Citywide Contracting, Dr. Fix It and Preble Electric, who also make these renovations possible. We also appreciate the volunteers from the Sisters in the Brotherhood, St. Matthew's UMC and Americorps as well as the individual volunteers.
One of the seven sites selected for RTB's 24th annual days of service was the Blackstone Community Center in the South End, the only area center serving the needs of the South End and Lower Roxbury communities. Volunteers from Wells Fargo repainted walls and replaced ceiling tiles in the Computer/ESL room, replace carpeting in the seminar room, which was a herculean task, and fixed the staff lounge by replacing outdated appliances and installing counters. Two sites have been postponed until a later date due to winter weather and skilled construction delay.
"The Rebuilding Together Boston volunteers and sponsors make National Rebuilding Day possible," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "Thanks to their hard work homeowners and nonprofit facilities will receive critical repairs that will strengthen our neighborhoods for the long term." Fox News 25, West Roxbury Patch, Roslindale Transcript, the Bay State Banner and the Dorchester Reporter all covered the story. See attached photos from our workday, including renovations to the Hernandez home.
Stay tuned - Rebuilding Together Boston will be working with Imagitas employees at the Hattie B. Cooper Center in Roxbury on June 16!
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