Check out our most popular articles from the past year.
This past year was an incredible time to be involved with Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley! We are so grateful for your support in making this past year a successful one at RTSV.
If you remember at the start of 2023, we announced that RTSV’s New Year’s Resolution for 2023 was to prioritize building bridges and strengthening our community. Our goal was to make more of our community to realize that they can count on us as a resource for free home repair as well as build bridges with other organizations so that we can come together to serve our community for the better.
As we reflect on our triumphs and the lessons we learned along the way, take a look below at some of our most popular articles from 2023!
Why We Rebuild: An Interview with Jim Kabel of Next Stage Design + Build
We kicked off the year with an exclusive interview with Jim Kabel, CEO of Next Stage Design + Build. Founded with the intention of creating an efficient, one-stop shop for project design and building completion, Next Stage Design + Build’s expertise in home design, craftmanship, and commitment to our local community make them an invaluable partner to RTSV.
CEO Jim Kabel talked about Next Stage Design + Build’s strengths, partnership with Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley, and their commitment to philanthropy, saying, “Most of our clients are upscale professionals. They’re people that have means. They’re not super wealthy, but they’re 2 wage earner professionals who live in nice homes who want to make their homes nicer. They’ve got the means to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on these projects. And so, to give back to someone else in the community, who doesn’t have the same means but has some real fundamental needs instead of luxury needs, it really feels good. It also gives our employees a sense of appreciation for what they have, and it helps out those individuals who don’t have the same advantages.”
Rebuilding Together’s First Holi Celebration!
In early spring, RTSV was invited to Regional Medical Center to educate their staff and patients about RTSV’s life changing work and ways to get involved with us during their first-ever Holi Event. Our RTSV All-Stars even got into the Holi spirit and participated in the Color Walk! Read more here.
Bringing Love and TLC to Gilroy’s Veteran Hall
Last minute weather conflicts almost put a damper on our project to help beautify Gilroy’s Veterans Hall, but thanks to you stepping up and volunteering when we seriously needed the extra hands, we were able to show Gilroy’s Veterans Hall the power of our community coming together!
The Gilroy Veterans Hall proudly has been serving Santa Clara County since 1945 and has been a welcoming community gathering space for veterans, families, and neighbors since 1945. The Memorial Hall located within the Gilroy Veterans Hall is still the main meeting place for the American Legion Post 217, the Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 217, the Veterans of Foreign War Post 6309, and the Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign War Post 6309.
When The Gilroy Veterans Hall reached out to us requesting revitalization of their facility, we were excited to coordinate a project that would give back to our local veterans and community. With help from our partner Floor and Décor and led by House Captain, Board Member, and veteran Terry Keisic, we installed new flooring in the main Memorial Hall and Dining Room, installed grab bars in the restrooms, repaired the roof above their outdoor barbeque pit, replaced light fixtures throughout the facility, added a fresh coat of paint to a partial area of the ceiling as well as behind the barbeque pit, replaced curtains in the main hall, and installed new window screens. Our volunteers also worked tirelessly to beautify the space by painting brick planter boxes and adding lights to glass memorabilia display cabinets.
We are so proud of the way the project came together! The Gilroy Veterans Hall was transformed and revitalized for the veterans who gather there regularly, as well as for the families and neighbors who can enjoy the space for generations to come. Take a look at pictures of the project here.
Meet John, Your Veteran Neighbor
Our Spring Newsletter gave a quick glimpse into a few life-changing projects we were able to complete but we were blown away at the outpouring of love and support we received from sharing the story of our Veteran neighbor, John, a San Jose native who now owns the home he lived in since he was 6 years old.
In 1967, he enlisted in the US Army and served for 2 years. When he returned home, his parents had passed on and he inherited their home. Our wonderful partners at Lowe’s helped RTSV enhance the safety of John’s home by repairing windows, freshening up the home with a coat of paint, and replacing his appliances including his water heater and furnace. Read more here.
We’re Building Healthy Neighborhoods!
The Building a Healthy Neighborhood (BAHN) program is a collaborative among Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley, volunteers, neighbors, community leaders, and local organizations to revitalize neighborhoods with safe, affordable, accessible homes, thriving community spaces, and health and safety services.
Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley coordinates with partner organizations to improve the health and safety of homes; strengthen community infrastructure through the revitalization of parks, schools, community centers, nonprofit facilities, and neighborhood public spaces in addition to bringing additional services identified by the community to improve the quality of life for all.
At the beginning of December, we were able to accomplish one of those goals with a beautification project at the Seven Trees Community Center where RTSV partnered with the Seven Trees Community Association, Lowe’s, the City of San Jose, Mayor Matt Mahan’s office, and District 8’s Councilmember Bien Doan. Volunteers 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 in 2024!
We’re Proud of Val’s Accomplishments!
RTSV All-Star Val Mitsumori is hard to miss: between having a constant presence at community outreach events representing RTSV and explaining our life-changing work and services to potential clients, volunteers, and partners, you can also catch her in the Seven Trees community either as an attendee at the Seven Trees Neighborhood Association meetings or installing Ring video doorbells at the homes of our neighbors in Seven Trees, or you can even find Val in the warehouse helping coordinate Rebuilding Day or Team Build project kits.
During this past year, RTSV welcomed Val as our AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator where her leadership skills shined during her service project, a basic needs drive that collected outerwear and backpacks for our unhoused neighbors. Typically at RTSV, we support low-income residents and prevent people on the brink of losing their homes from doing so. We rarely get the chance to directly support those that are experiencing homelessness in real-time. After the inclimate winter we had in discussion with the Salvation Army of Silicon Valley, Valerie recognized how great the need among the local unhoused community is for items to keep them dry, safe, and warm. Not only did Val meet her goal of collecting 100 items for the drive, but she was also able to pass out the items she collected to our unhoused neighbors and see the impact she made firsthand.
Val’s dedication to her local community and the life-changing repair work we complete here at RTSV has been clear since the start of her service term. When her AmeriCorps term ended, we were lucky to have Val continue her journey with RTSV: We are incredibly excited and grateful to have Val on the official RTSV Team as our new Outreach Coordinator!
Two Successful Rebuilding Days!
We held our Rebuilding Days in April and October, and it was a success thanks to all of you! We were able to welcome over 850 volunteers at 38 project sites across Santa Clara County between both Rebuilding Days and helped transform and revitalize our community. In just one day, our volunteers made a difference that not only restore the sense of pride and home for our neighbors in need, but completed repairs that add safety and will endure multiple generations! Read more here.
A Home Run At The Home Team!
The Home Team is our annual volunteer appreciation and friend-raiser event where we thank you for being involved with our life-changing critical repair work. Each year, our Home Team event completely sells out and it’s not hard to understand why: Home Team attendees enjoy a beautiful evening out at a San Jose Giants from the VIP Deck with delicious food, drinks, and our exclusive Home Team t-shirt. This year, we even held an exciting raffle for our guests and ended the game with a gorgeous view of post-game fireworks!
We had tons of fun thanking our sponsors, volunteers, donors, and supporters and look forward to next year’s Home Team! Take a look at pictures from The Home Team 2023 here.
We Painted The Town In Person!
Since 2020 Paint The Town, our annual fundraiser and celebration of RTSV’s accomplishments, had been held virtually but this year we were back to being in person for the first time! We welcomed you to the Gonzales/ Peralta Adobe – Fallon House Historic Site’s gardens, a venue that demonstrated the importance of our mission and the impact of the work we complete: the historic site shows that when our community comes together to preserve our neighborhoods, we protect and foster our city’s vibrant culture, rich history, and can sustain valuable assets for future generations. Upon deeper reflection, the historic site also represents the existing structural issues RTSV plans to address going forward surrounding home preservation and the historical inequities of the accumulation of generational wealth. At RTSV, we believe everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home and that access to a safe place to call home should be equitable.
Our inspiring program wasted no time explaining the life-changing work we’ve been able to accomplish together over the past year and analyzed the impact we collectively create with perspective from our neighbors next door whom we serve and a brief message of thanks from our Executive Director, Deanne Everton.
Between the delicious food and drink, photo booth, live DJ’s music, exciting raffle items, entertaining lawn games, popular wine pull, and heartwarming fund a need, we were most excited to see your smiles and catch up with you in person! We couldn’t have had such a successful return to Paint The Town without you. Take a look at pictures from the event here.
RTSV Went Platinum! (Again)
GuideStar, an organization that helps empower donors by giving them access to tools and data to make philanthropic decisions, awarded RTSV the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, The Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency! We’ve been awarded the Platinum Seal of Transparency in the past and we’re proud to once again be recognized by GuideStar.
We are thankful to have a great team of staff, board members, volunteers, supporters, and clients who make this possible. Great work, everyone! Take a look at our Spring Newsletter and Annual Report here to understand how we were awarded the Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency again!
RTSV Hits Indianapolis!
Every October, the Rebuilding Together Training Institute hosts Rebuilding Together’s national conference that brings affiliates from all over the country together in one place to collaborate on solutions and build further skills to foster and revitalize our communities through expert-led panels and discussions.
This year at the Rebuilding Together Training Institute’s Summit 2023, Linda Bostwick, our Operations Director, Vidhi Bhandari, our Operations and Salesforce Administrator, and Ryan Monger, our Board Chair are represented RTSV at the national level. They came back with valuable insights and information after collaborating with other Rebuilding Together affiliates. Read more here.
Did You Catch Us In The News?
Although we’re committed to completing life-changing critical repairs all year long, you may have caught us on the news a handful of times! Between our two Rebuilding Days, numerous Team Builds, Paint The Town, Giving Tuesday, and Building A Healthy Neighborhood Project in Seven Trees, Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley was covered in the news 32 times!
You may have caught us being covered by AOL, MSN, Fox KTVU, ABC 7, or NBC Bay Area for our successful Veterans Day project that we partnered with Lockheed Martin on. This project was completed at the home of Donald, a veteran who worked at Lockheed Martin before retiring. Lockheed Martin volunteers were excited to give back to a veteran, and even more elated that it was one of their own that they were helping. Take a look at the NBC Bay Area story here for more details.
This past Giving Tuesday, you may have seen a glimpse of RTSV featured on MSN or ABC 7 as RTSV All-Star and Development Director Alaina explained the importance of our work and was accompanied by longtime volunteer Barbara who talked about her volunteer experience with RTSV. Take a look at the ABC 7 interviews here.
Most recently, you may have seen RTSV being covered by The SJ Today for our December Building A Healthy Neighborhood project in Seven Trees that we highlighted earlier in this article. Read The SJ Today’s full article here.
Gratitude Took Over On Giving Tuesday!
On November 28th, RTSV participated in Giving Tuesday by hosting our annual Donor Thank A Thon. Every year, we look forward to celebrating Giving Tuesday as a movement to break away from the consumerism of the holiday season and a great way to capitalize on all of the online engagement brought about by big deal days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday by encouraging people to give back, give gratitude, and reinvest in their local communities.
Thanks to you, this year on Giving Tuesday, RTSV raised $5,000! We are incredibly thankful to everyone who participated in Giving Tuesday by supporting us, but we are still on our way to raising $110,000 for our neighbors in need this holiday season. We are hopeful that we can reach our goal by December 31st, but we need your help!
We couldn’t cover everything that we were able to accomplish over 2023, but we hope that we’re able to continue serving our community in 2024 with your support!
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—like those on Giving Tuesday—to continue our essential work and the positive impact we have in these communities.
Our Work Takes Grit!
and create change firsthand!