April 2017: Butter, Eggs, and Builds

The last two weeks of April 2017 were a busy time at Rebuilding Together Petaluma. On April 22 we had our Spring build. With the help of 264 volunteers, we repaired eight homes and two non-profit facilities, including our own headquarters on Payran, plus sent a work crew to Shollenberger Park.

Because of the incredible efforts by caring businesses and local volunteers, a man who suffered a stroke now has access to a shower, a 90 year old World War II veteran has a new kitchen floor and grab bars in his bathroom, an 89 year old woman who is blind and living alone has a clean home and yard, a disabled homeowner now has accessible porches and a new bathroom floor, and a 90 year old woman has a new roof that will not leak and cause damage to her home. These and many more accomplishments were only made possible by our many volunteers and supporters.

Special thanks to house captains Dave Raffi, Adam Payne, Terry Kosewic, Lon Wiley, Jeremy Roach, Dick Hawn, Jody Raffi, Doug Sanders, Drake Cunningham, Uriel Medina, Jim Fitzgerald, Bob Scharfer, Kimo Garrigan, Mary Edith Moore, Dustin O’Brien, George Flynn, Bob Tuttle, Kimo Garrigan, Mike Watt, and Ken Rhoads. Also thank you to our business contributors and sponsors Ohana Construction, Roman’s Plumbing, Wells Fargo Bank, Wedge Roofing, Kiwanis Club of Petaluma, Audio Visual Design Group, ZFA Engineering, Tops Speed, O’Brien Painting, Doug Sanders Painting, Hillblom Foundation, Petaluma Refuse and Recycle and Sear’s Heroes at Home! We could not have done it without you.

But the April fun didn’t end with the workday! April 29th was the Petaluma Butter and Egg Days Parade and this year RTP decided to participate. We walked alongside board member Uriel Medina’s restored 1941 Chevy Pickup, decked out with RTP flags and filled with the hardest working kids in town. We handed out t-shirts and car safety kits to cheering Petalumans and were reminded of what a strong, vibrant, connected community we work in.

Parade photos taken by Tyler Chartier

Thank you again to all who make our work possible. We hope to see you again this October for our fall build. Registration open now! Until then, please feel free to swing by and visit us at our beautiful, newly renovated facility at 301 Payran Street!