Nearly 300 Volunteers Join Rebuilding Together Boston to Renovate Homes and Non-Profit Facilities on National Rebuilding Day

 Nearly 300 Volunteers Join Rebuilding Together Boston to Renovate Homes and
               Non-Profit Facilities on National Rebuilding Day

PR Newswire

BOSTON, April 26, 2013

Volunteers, including New England Patriots employees and alumni, are repairing
four homes as well as renovating nonprofit housing and community centers at
eight sites across the City.

BOSTON, April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --On Saturday, April 27,
Rebuilding Together Boston (RTB), an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, a Safe
and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home, is
engaging nearly 300 local volunteers and civic leaders to rehabilitate eight
sites including four homes in Mattapan, Dorchester, Hyde Park, and South
Boston, three non-profit-owned facilities in Jamaica Plain (Pine Street Inn,
the United Cerebral Palsy of Metro Boston housing facility, and the Boston
Center for Youth and Families-Curtis Hall) and the Ellis Memorial Childcare
Facility in the South End.


This work is made possible by the generosity of sponsors: Blue Hills Bank,
Bank of America, Jacobs Family, Booz Allen Hamilton, Pro Teck Valuation
Services, Sears Holdings- Heroes at Home Program, BNY Mellon, Gilbane Building
Company, The Home Depot Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts,
Greenpark Mortgage, a Division of Berkshire Bank, Starbucks Coffee Company and
DiMella Shaffer.

Projects this year include the renovation of a home in Hyde Park, where the
disabled homeowner, who is a single mother and has lived in her home for
twelve years, has been unable to make critical repairs to keep her family
safe. The homeowner has suffered from an accident eleven years ago when she
broke her back and has had four major surgeries. Skilled laborers will make
interior and exterior repairs to her home including installation of a new
porch. In Mattapan, a widow who has lived in her home for 41 years where she
raised her two children will receive repair work on steps, walkways, decking
and gutters; installation of new doors; and, home modifications for the
elderly such as installation of handrails, which will improve her safety and
security thanks to the sponsors and volunteers working on the home.

In addition, in Dorchester, volunteers will make interior and exterior repairs
to the home of a single woman who lives in her home, which was left to her and
her siblings by their mother who also took in foster children and was active
in her community. Due to financial setbacks and illness, the homeowner has not
been able to maintain the home. Volunteers will paint the interior, install
new and safe doors, provide roof and shingle repairs and undertake bathroom

"Last week's tragic events remind us how important it is for us to join
together to help others in need, and to join together to rebuild our
communities by repairing homes and facilities for those who cannot afford to
maintain these due to financial and health-related concerns," said Simone
Auster, President of Rebuilding Together Boston. "Without the terrific support
of our sponsors and volunteers, Rebuilding Together Boston could not help
these families in need and non-profits that deliver critical services to our

"Thanks to the service of hundreds of volunteers on National Rebuilding Day,
homeowners in Dorchester, South Boston, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain and Hyde Park
will have essential repairs made to their homes to keep them living safe and
healthy in their community," Mayor Thomas M. Menino said. "It is during these
trying times that our compassion and commitment to rebuild has never been
stronger. Thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors who support Rebuilding
Together Boston and our neighborhoods."

"Pine Street Inn is extremely grateful to Rebuilding Together Boston for their
support," said Lyndia Downie, President of Pine Street Inn. "It is this kind
of generosity from friends in the community that makes it possible for us to
help those most in need," she added.

Rebuilding Together Boston will be assisting Pine Street Inn at a site which
is a former school the non-profit converted in the late 1980's into permanent
supportive housing for formerly homeless people. People in their 20's to 80's,
some handicapped, live in rooms at the site with shared kitchen and living
room on each of the three floors. There are 50 tenants currently, both men and
women. Volunteers will be painting the common areas (living rooms, hallways,
stairwells, etc.), undertaking garden clean-up, landscaping and other tasks.

Rebuilding Together Boston,  along with nearly 200 fellow Rebuilding Together
affiliates and their more than 50,000 volunteers across the country
rehabilitate and improve the houses of low-income homeowners at no cost to the
chosen recipients each year. Recipients include the elderly, physically
challenged, veterans, families with children and others in need.

"Rebuilding Together is dedicated to safe and healthy homes and revitalizing
communities by providing free critical home repairs to low-income homeowners
and free renovations to community centers," said John L. Fiegel, interim
President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "National Rebuilding Month raises
awareness of our neighbors in need and impacts countless communities across
the country."

National Rebuilding Month is a month long call to service during the entire
month of April, culminating with National Rebuilding Day. It is the
culmination of a year's worth of planning, volunteer recruitment and
sponsorship partnerships to change hundreds of homeowners' lives across the
country. Rebuilding Together affiliates nationwide will instill newly restored
hope and memories in communities as numerous rehabilitations occur on a single
day to create high-impact momentum for the rest of the year.

About Rebuilding Together Boston:

Rebuilding Together Boston is an affiliate of the nation's leading non-profit
organization working to preserve affordable homeownership andrevitalize
neighborhoods by providing repair and renovation services at no cost to those
in need. Through support from foundation, corporate and individual sponsors;
local businesses; skilled labor; and, the hands-on work of nearly 700
volunteers each year, Rebuilding Together Boston renovates and repairs homes
for the City's economically-disadvantaged homeowners and nonprofit facilities
across the City. To date, the value of Rebuilding Together Boston's work has
totaled over $6.5 million, repaired over 350 homes and non-profit-owned
facilities and involved over 20,000 volunteers in its work. More information
is available at:

SOURCE Rebuilding Together Boston

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