Mission and History
Rebuilding Together® Boston (RTB) is the Boston affiliate of Rebuilding Together, a national organization that renovates houses of people unable to pay for essential home repairs and much-needed updates. Non-profit organizations that own their own facilities are also eligible for RTB's assistance. There is no cost to the recipients.
RTB organizes and collaborates with skilled workers, tradespeople, volunteers, and other community members and non-profit organizations to meet the pressing needs of our communities through:
- preserving affordable housing
- stabilizing neighborhoods
- providing safety, security and independence to our clients
- reducing the risk of homelessness
RTB recipients own their home or facility, but they can not afford to pay for critical repairs due to many factors beyond their control. These include rising property taxes; fixed incomes that have not kept pace with the cost of living; and loss of income or financial hardship resulting from medical emergencies or advancing age.
Since our founding in 1991, RTB has completed over 400 renovation projects (often top to bottom major repairs for an estimated total value of over $7 million). We rely on financial support from individual contributors, foundations, and corporations to carry out RTB's mission. At present, the organization receives no funding from government agencies.
We also rely on donations of goods and services from corporations and other vendors. These donations bring in four dollars of additional value for every dollar RTB spends on repair/renovation work. RTB succeeds because it is “people helping people,” in keeping with the great American tradition of “barn raising” by friends and neighbors.
Programs and Services
Recipients of RTB services are chosen without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, age or gender. We use income guidelines from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as one guide in helping to determine the qualifications of applicants.
Some of the organizations served through our programs include the New England Center for Homeless Veterans; Project Hope; Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly; AIDS Action; Brookview House; Dorchester Nazarene Compassionate Care Center; and, Greenwood Church.
RTB offers three programs of service:
National Rebuilding Day
Join our largest service day effort of the year.
Seeking skilled tradespeople for all service days.
Sponsor a volunteer day of service between May and October.
Board Members & Staff
Karen Clay, Executive Director
John Staiger, Project Coordinator
Nicolette Vasseur, Marketing Consultant
Travis DeMar, Co-Chair, Pegasystems
Reilly Zlab, Co-Chair, City of Boston
Diego Concha, Timber & Hatchet
Bill Duke, Dassault Systems
Neil McCullagh, Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action
Chris Pedersen, Grand Circle Corporation
Michael Potter, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc
Megan Riccardi, Sophos
Nick Starusky, Skanska USA
Caroline Staudt, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
"I became involved with RTB in its first year in Boston when it was known as Christmas in April. The program is compelling -- working together with skilled and unskilled volunteers to keep people safe and warm in their homes. On one day, we have made an impact on a single home and on entire neighborhoods. Time and time again I saw lives of homeowners and volunteers greatly enriched by a single day of helping. And, for me, the best part of each rebuilding day is the hug received from the homeowner."
- Steve Sousa, volunteer, and past board member
“I enjoyed the replacement of my windows. I had so much air coming through and loss of energy that I immediately felt the difference once (they were) installed. I want to thank all involved. They did a fantastic job and worked as a team. Everyone was so professional and very friendly. I could not have felt so comfortable around strangers. I am not a church person but I thank God for the goodness and kindness that was given to me.”
- Dorchester homeowner
"Without the help of RTB, both projects, which were greatly needed, would not have occurred. These areas are more functional and look better, brighter, and more cheerful, and they are a moral support to the veterans we support. It demonstrates to them that we have a supportive community that truly cares about their needs. The veterans, staff, and Board of Directors of NECHV are extremely grateful to Rebuilding Together (RT) Boston for their overwhelming support and friendship this year, and we all appreciate the fine renovations that help us further our mission."
- New England Center for Homeless Veterans
"I have been without a functional kitchen for over a year and RTB changed that. I have a home that has been updated and provides with an extra sense of pride. I can't thank RTB enough. The donuts did not measure up in showing my thanks and appreciation"
"I can hardly find the words to express my appreciation. Everything looks great and it was so well coordinated and managed. I'm so impressed and pleased. Thank you and your Team for the personal commitment to do an excellent job. Everyone was great; and please let the Team know how much I appreciate their help. They were all so pleasant, patient, and thoughtful; very nice people."
-Phyllis Johnson, Ashmont Homeowner
“It is part of our way to give back to the community…doing for those that either don't have resources or the time to do for themselves.”
- Corporate Volunteer