My name is Kim and I’m a proud volunteer with Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP).
I’d like to share a story about the profound impact RTP had on my family and why I’m such an avid supporter.
My aunt was an active, independent woman. She worked full time into her 60’s, and walked every day until, as she entered her eighties, cancer slowed her down. Her home in Redwood City, where she lived alone on her pension, was always extremely cold because she kept the windows open all winter. Why? Her single pane windows caused so much condensation, this was the only way to prevent excess moisture and mold from forming inside the house. To manage it, my aunt layered on extra clothing, but my family and I were concerned. And it seems RTP was, too.
One day, there was a knock on the door. It was an RTP employee offering free home repairs! I was thrilled, but my aunt hesitated. She thought it was too good to be true, but I convinced her to let RTP help.
On National Rebuilding Day, a team of volunteers painted her ceiling and repaired all the damage from the accumulated moisture. The team also built a rail to help her navigate her front steps. They fixed a broken faucet and, last but not least, replaced all the windows. The scope and quality of work far exceeded our expectations. My aunt returned to a cozy, warm home. And, perhaps as importantly, for the first time, she felt cared for by her community.
Because I’m so grateful to RTP, I’ve volunteered every year since then, first as an individual volunteer and then as a project captain. Each project has been incredibly gratifying as I witness first-hand the profound impact our work has on our neighbors.
I hope you’ll join me in supporting Rebuilding Together Peninsula. RTP steps in where the need is greatest. Their work helps prevent homelessness, preserve affordable homeownership and maintain the diverse fabric of our neighborhoods. Please consider making a generous donation to RTP today and help support more residents in need, like my aunt.