Rebuilding Together is a nationwide non-profit organization that coordinates volunteers and sponsorship in an effort to renovate neighborhood facilities and repair the homes of low-income, disabled, and elderly homeowners. SEAONC has sponsored a Rebuilding Together project every year since 2001, and we are excited to keep this tradition going!
This year’s SEAONC Rebuilding Together project was the renovation of A Woman’s Place, a community facility located in San Francisco’s South of Market district. The facility is an emergency shelter for homeless women and victims of crimes such as domestic violence and sexual assault. Rebuilding Together is a national organization that provides free renovations to low income seniors and nonprofit facilities throughout the local area, and every year SEAONC teams with the organization to sponsor a project.
The goal of A Woman’s Place is to provide a bright environment for women in need, but its aging interiors seemed to reflect the contrary. As volunteer captains, we were determined to lead the SEAONC volunteers in our endeavor to renovate the facility. Our initial effort included meeting with the facility directors and the Rebuilding Together construction captains to determine the scope of work. We decided that the main tasks would include painting, cleaning, performing basic repairs, and building new shelves for better organization.
We organized a prep day on April 20th, where a group of about 12 SEAONC volunteers cleaned and prepped the walls throughout the building to get ready for painting on the following weekend. April 27th was the actual Build Day, and about 70 volunteers from SEAONC and other organizations such as UC Berkeley, Stanford and EERI collaborated to give the facility a brand new interior. We painted the corridor walls with a fresh and bright coat of yellow on the first and second floors where women stay at night. In the main drop-in area, volunteers took down the broken blinds and painted parts of the windows for privacy. In the entrance and storage areas, volunteers built new shelves to help organize documents and donations to the facility. As a special gift to the facility, we painted a brand new stencil adjacent to the entrance with the logo for A Women’s Place.
In addition to the time and effort that our volunteers contributed, the sponsorship from SEAONC, engineering companies, and individuals also played an important part. We could not have accomplished the event without this monetary support. We hope that the efforts of SEAONC and Rebuilding Together will help the facility to foster a great sense of safety and security forthe women in need.
To see the rest of the photos from our build day, click here.
Rebuilding Together 2013, 4/30/2013
By Kate Coffaro and Charlotte Wong, POC Co-Chairs