Board of Directors Update

Over the last several months, we have had several new additions to our Board of Directors.  Most recently, Sara Aschenbrener of Walker Methodist and Major General Robert Shadley (retired) of Shadley Consulting joined the Board.  We also welcomed Alex Phung of Dorsey & Whitney and John Plifka of Green Products Corporation to the Board last fall.

We are also pleased to announce the new officers of the Board.  Bart Foreman of Group3 Marketing is the Board President; Paul Mellblom of Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle is the Vice President; Ben Lampron of Honeywell is the Secretary; and Steven Frederickson of The Lucidity Group is the Treasurer.

Moving On: AmeriCorps Term of Service Ends

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities was incredibly fortunate to have Lisa Berglund and Tyler White serve as AmeriCorps members with us over the last year.  Their terms of service ended this month, and we would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication.

Lisa Berglund served as the AmeriCorps Project Coordinator, working alongside our Construction Manager to oversee our Home Repair and Nonprofit Facility projects from start to finish.  Lisa is planning to move to Los Angeles where she will pursue a PhD in Urban Planning at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Tyler White served as the AmeriCorps Safe at Home Coordinator and managed all aspects of the Safe at Home program.  Tyler has accepted the position of Officer Manager for Rebuilding Together Twin Cities.  We are thrilled that he’s going to remain on staff!

Lisa and Tyler have been incredible to work with over the last year.  Your hard work, dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm for our mission have proven invaluable.  Best of luck with this next chapter of your lives!


Thanks To….

The Old St. Patrick’s Foundation Volunteer Team – these awesome volunteers worked at our warehouse; painted and landscaped for a North Minneapolis homeowner; installed flooring and painted for a St. Paul homeowner; and painted for another North Minneapolis homeowner.  Thank you for all of your hard work!!

The Catholic Heart Workcamp Volunteer Team – for the fourth year in a row, this hardworking team joined us for a week of service and worked on the home of a veteran in St. Paul, organized our warehouse and made other repairs for a single mother of four in St. Paul.  Thanks!  We look forward to working with you again next year!

Mariette, Emily and Brittany – one of our most dedicated volunteers, Mariette Cole, recently teamed up with Emily and Brittany Penning to help finish several home repair projects.  We presented Emily and Brittany with our coveted Green Hammer Award last month to recognize and thank them for their hard work, attention to detail, and commitment.  They have worked on seven rebuild projects in just over six months – thank you!

Sears Helps Veterans in Need and Homeowners Affected by the North Minneapolis Tornado

We recently highlighted Sears Holdings Corporation as a partner in our efforts to assist homeowners who sustained damage to their homes from the tornado that ripped through North Minneapolis last year.  We would also like to recognize Sears’ efforts to assist veterans in need in the Twin Cities community through their Heroes at Home program.  In June, Sears sponsored a home repair project for a veteran of the U.S. Army who lives in St. Paul.

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities would like to thank Sears for their commitment to helping our veterans live independently in safe and healthy homes.  This spring, Heroes at Home projects were completed in more than 80 cities across the country.  To date, Sears has raised over $15 million for Heroes at Home through a nationwide in-store fundraising campaign.  The project we completed last month is just one of the hundreds of projects made possible by these donations.   Thank you to Sears for their continued support of our efforts to provide critical repairs and accessibility modifications for veterans in need!