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Swinerton Lends a Hand at Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley

Contributor: Swinerton Blogger   |   July 23, 2013
Swinerton Lends a Hand at Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley

This spring, employees from Swinerton Builders Silicon Valley joined more than 1,000 volunteers in donating their time and skills to help improve community homes and organizations across Santa Clara County, California. As part of Rebuilding Together’s spring event, Swinerton crews made essential repairs to a facility of the Bill Wilson Center—a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing poverty in the next generation by connecting youth with employment, education, housing, and adult mentors.

Strengthening the Santa Clara community since 1973, the Bill Wilson Center serves more than 10,000 clients each year, including children, youth, families, and adults. Services include the Center for Living with Dying, which offers grief support to individuals and families coping with loss and serious illness. Kathy’s Place—the building that houses this program—was in dire need of an exterior renovation to keep this circa-1905 Victorian home in commission, so Swinerton crews set out to lend a hand.  They applied a fresh coat of exterior paint, demolished and rebuilt the front and back porches, added a new wheelchair lift landing, replaced iron fencing, and planted new foliage around the house to welcome visitors. Swinerton and other volunteers contributed nearly 600 man-hours to the project, which expanded across multiple weekends.  At completion, Kathy’s Place was looking revitalized and more welcoming to those visiting the facility.  Most importantly, the repairs have allowed the facility to be utilized by the counselors to assist those in need for many years to come.

The volunteer effort was coordinated by “House Captain” and Silicon Valley Business Development Manager Nick Sandersfeld.  “The Bill Wilson Center does tremendous work in the community,” he said. “They have 19 facilities to maintain, and any work we can do to lighten their load and divert their resources to direct service would be great.  Most of their facilities are highly impacted by their clients, so keeping them maintained is a constant need.” Several groups turned out to pitch in, including members of the AGC student chapters of San Jose State University and St. Andrews School in Saratoga, as well as parents and faculty members.
Thanks to all who donated their time and talent to support a great cause!