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Rebuilding Together Boston

Repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives in Boston

aka Christmas In April   |   Boston, MA   |  www.rebuildingtogetherboston.org

Mission

We are dedicated to repairing homes, revitalizing communities and rebuilding lives with a vision for a safe home and community for every person. Working with skilled labor, volunteers and the community, Rebuilding Together Boston provides repair and renovation services for the homes of low-income Boston homeowners and non-profit-owned facilities. We do this at no cost to our recipients. We serve economically disadvantaged Boston residents including Veterans, the elderly, the physically challenged, families with children and others in need. Our services also enable the City's non-profits to continue to deliver their much-needed community services.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Mrs. Janice Walker

Main address

89 South Street #203

Boston, MA 02111 USA

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Formerly known as

Christmas in April

EIN

04-3142781

NTEE code info

Home Improvement/Repairs (L81)

Urban, Community (S31)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Preserving affordable housing Stabilizing neighborhoods Providing safety, security, and independence to our neighbors Reducing housing instability and the subsequent risk of homelessness

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Safe At Home (Elderly health and safety), Service Days (May-Oct), National Rebuilding Day (April)

Through its three programs, RTB repairs and renovates homes and non-profit facilities at no cost to our recipients in need. This work involves both paid contractors, and skilled and unskilled volunteers, dependent on the program. Repairs include: repair/replace windows, doors, lighting and appliances, and kitchens and baths; interior and exterior painting; home modifications including grab bars, stair railings and handicapped ramps; safety-related items such as fire and CO2 detectors; masonry, plumbing, electrical and carpentry work; and, landscaping and planting, among other activities. Focus is on health and safety of homeowner and occupants.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Families

Where we work

Awards

"Battlefield Citiation Award" 2011

New England Center for Homeless Veterans

"Celebrate Volunteerism"-Outstanding Organization 2013

New England Patriots/Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 1991

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Rebuilding Together Boston organizes and collaborates with skilled workers,
tradespeople, volunteers, and other community members and nonprofit
organizations to meet the urgent needs of our communities.

Rebuilding Projects: Throughout the year, volunteers come together to provide repairs for multiple homeowners and nonprofit facilities. Many projects culminate during National Rebuilding Month held in April, when Rebuilding Together affiliates engage volunteers to help hundreds of homeowners across the country.

Service Days: We offer corporations, service organizations, affinity groups, faith-based organizations, and other groups the opportunity to sponsor a volunteer day of service. We organize Service Days to meet the availability, skill level, group size, and interests of the sponsoring organization, and we coordinate groups of all sizes.

Safe at Home: Focuses on evaluating and installing critical home and safety updates to the homes of older adults. The goal of this program is to enable older adults to continue to live safely in their homes for as long as possible.

Rebuilding Together Boston organizes and collaborates with skilled workers, tradespeople, volunteers, and other community members and nonprofit organizations to meet the urgent needs of our communities by preserving affordable housing, stabilizing neighborhoods, and reducing housing instability and the risk of homelessness. 95% of the people we serve are Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC). Prospective clients must complete an application and provide supporting documentation, including proof of homeownership and income. There is never a cost to the people we help. Over the past 30 years, Rebuilding Together Boston completed over 520 renovation projects (for an estimated total value of over $7 million).

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals, to identify potential homeowners/seniors to serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Rebuilding Together Boston

Board of directors
as of 01/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jeffrey Bonner

Veritex Bank

Term: 2021 - 2024

Chris Pedersen

Grand Circle Corporation

Nick Starusky

Gilbane & Co.

Megan Stott

Sophos

Jeffrey Bonner

Fifth Third Bank

Carolyn McGee

Codman Square NDC

Donald Wright

City of Boston

Nicolette Vasseur

Merative

Sherri Lowe

Douglas Smith

Mortgage Network

Josh Berman

Marcus Partners

Christine Araujos

Tyler Ash

TD Bank

Kevin Sibley

Consultant

Nicole Johnson

Verndale

Tina Calabro

DCS OT

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/22/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/19/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.