We’re Bringing TLC To Seven Trees

By RTSV Board Chair Ryan Monger

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Picture a neighborhood that continually has love, resources, and support injected into it by its neighbors and community organizations. That’s what we’ve been working on in San Jose’s Seven Trees community through our newest program, Building A Healthy Neighborhood (BAHN). After listening carefully to the community and identifying their needs, it’s safe to say that we’re in phase 2: mobilizing our connections and resources to transform Seven Trees with community love. 

Community love, or revitalization, is crucial for creating vibrant and thriving neighborhoods. Our work in Seven Trees does just that: we’ve been working diligently to improve the overall quality of life for residents by restoring and fostering a sense of belonging. The outcomes of bringing extra TLC to a neighborhood like Seven Trees not only have immediate effects, but long term outcomes start taking shape as soon as we hit the ground: the growth of economic development by attracting new businesses and community organizations, preservation of cultural heritage with neighbors who feel pride in their community, and safer, more inclusive, sustainable communities are created for future generations to enjoy. All this happens when we enhance the physical appearance of the neighborhood and pull community organizations in to help support positive growth.

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Our efforts in Seven Trees is a perfect example of what happens when a neighborhood sees community love on a large, continuous scale. From our first neighborhood association meeting in Seven Trees two years ago where residents met us with hesitancy and apprehension, to just last December when residents recognized us, honked their car horns, and waved as they drove by our latest project site if they weren’t already getting their hands dirty beautifying the neighborhood with us. 

The trust and familiarity we’ve built in Seven Trees is a direct result of the countless hours the Rebuilding Together team has put in listening to the community’s needs, working actively on planning and coordinating projects that addressed these needs, and followed through by building a presence in the neighborhood by participating in their monthly food drives and addressing safety concerns with video doorbell and motion light sensor installations. 

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Our continued efforts brought us recognition from the City of San Jose, and we created a unique opportunity to partner with Lowe’s as well as the City of San Jose’s Parks and Recreation Department, the office of Mayor Matt Mahan, and Councilmember Bien Doan’s office of District 7. Volunteers from these partners as well the Seven Trees community came together to beautify and secure an undeveloped plot of land at the back of the Seven Trees Community Center by removing trash, spreading mulch on the ground, spacing boulders around the space, and planting 3 oak trees. Once volunteers had revitalized the space, they set out to help our neighbors in Seven Trees deepen their sense of security by installing video doorbells and solar sensor lights at residents’ homes. Take a look at pictures from the project here.

The success of our BAHN project in December was the collective hard work of our partners and community coming together, and we’re excited to continue working on our BAHN initiatives through the rest of 2024! If our work in the Seven Trees neighborhood interests you, we invite you to get involved by looking at our Volunteer Opportunities on our website or getting in touch with us at .

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At Rebuilding Together – Silicon Valley, we believe that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home, so we help provide critical home repairs to over 600 clients per year, including to those who are aging in place. We rely on generous donations—from supporters like you—to continue our essential work and the positive impact we have in these communities.

You can help us make a difference in these communities by donating to our cause today or you can learn more information about what your donations help us accomplish by watching Mary and Tom’s story!

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