Let’s Go Back to the Beginning
Welcome to our first RTSV’s 30 for 30 Blog Post!
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley’s life changing work. We began in 1991 as an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, originally known as Christmas in April, which started in 1973 when a small group of neighbors in Midland, Texas, realized a growing need for repairs of a home in the neighborhood that had fallen into despair.
The group volunteered their time and skills on a single day in April to rehabilitate the home of their neighbor, taking their cue from the old idea of “barn-raising”. By the end of that first day, their neighbor in need was so overcome with joy she proclaimed, “It’s like Christmas in April!”, and the name was born. The concept spread, the opening of the national office came in 1988, and in 2000, we changed our name to Rebuilding Together.
Our work is driven by the belief that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. The majority of the low-income homeowners we serve are elderly seniors and/or people with disabilities, who are physically and financially unable to maintain safe and warm living conditions for themselves and their families. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods in our community.
Since our founding in 1991, we have renovated over 4,500 homes and community facilities, completed 50,000 repairs to improve health and safety, and worked with 40,000 volunteers to directly make an impact in our communities.
As we take the time to reflect on our accomplishments, we are grateful for the support of the community. None of our work would be possible without you and for 30 years, you have shown us and the homeowners we serve that our community cares. With our whole heart, we thank you for allowing us to serve you and we invite you to take a look into more of the stories that make Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley special. Thank you.
Our work takes grit!
and create change firsthand!