Repairing Homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives.

aka RTP   |   Redwood City, CA   |


Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP) brings volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of our low-income neighbors in San Mateo County. We are a safe and healthy housing organization that believes community starts at home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications, and energy-efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods through our three core programs: National Rebuilding Day, Safe at Home and Team Build. Since 1989, approximately 1,700 homeowners and 400 community centers have witnessed the places they call home transform before their very eyes with the help of 60,000 volunteers.

Notes from the nonprofit

Rebuilding Together Peninsula's highest priority is to improve the quality of low-income communities. Programs such as National Rebuilding Day and Safe at Home allow residents to remain in the communities in which they grew up, preserve ownership of their homes, avoid residence in institutions without family, and live affordably. With a new standard in place, Rebuilding Together Peninsula will meet the challenge to change more lives, offer the highest level of support, and provide the deepest level of investment to build for a better tomorrow.

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Executive Director

Ms. Melissa Lukin

Main address

841 Kaynyne Street

Redwood City, CA 94063 USA

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Formerly known as

Christmas in April



NTEE code info

Home Improvement/Repairs (L81)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

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National Rebuilding Day (NRD)

Each year on the last Saturday in April, National Rebuilding Day (NRD) unites the largest nationwide group of volunteers from all walks of life to rehabilitate homes and community facilities and revitalize their local communities. Through NRD, our affiliate serves about 40-50 low-income homeowners and 20-30 community facilities each year with the support of more than 2000 volunteers. Every project that we undertake is unique. Each work site comes with a different history, unique needs, its own scope of work, and a dedicated volunteer team. Once deployed, our volunteers do everything from yard cleanup, landscaping, carpentry repairs, grab bar installation, and painting to skilled plumbing, electrical, and flooring repair. We have even repaired or replaced roofs on homes. For many of our community facilities, our volunteers focus on improving functionality and providing low-maintenance improvements to help those facilities better serve their low-income clients. As we work to revitalize our local Peninsula neighborhoods, we also work hard to provide a positive volunteer experience for our sponsors, volunteers, and community partners. We also leverage in-kind donations and bulk-rate discounts to maximize our impact for each projects. RTP staff support this entire process with planning, coordination, and individualized attention and support for clients, volunteers, and support. The result is a lasting impression and life-changing experience for our volunteers, the families and individuals we help.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

The Safe at Home Minor Home Repair Program helps seniors, families, and people with disabilities live more independently by addressing minor repair needs before they become serious safety or deferred maintenance issues. We welcome volunteers year-round with handy skills who want to serve the community. We tackle repairs such as debris removal, fence repair, basic home maintenance, exterior painting, light yard work, minor plumbing, minor electrical, heating repair, roof repair, window repair/replacement, door repair/replacement, energy efficiency measures, and some accessibility modifications.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Team Build provides year-round opportunities for volunteers to participate in sponsored team-building experiences for rehabilitation projects. Team Build Days are perfect for companies that cannot provide volunteers in April. They are also great opportunities for summer associates and interns. Team Build events are scheduled to meet the needs of the sponsoring group. The day lasts at least six hours and can be held on a weekday or weekend from June through October. Team Build renovation projects are similar to those that take place on National Rebuilding Day. Every project is unique with its own history, need, scope of work, and volunteer team. We provide teams for everything from yard cleanup and painting to skilled repairs of plumbing, windows, electrical systems, and flooring.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Rebuilding Together Peninsula’s vision is to strengthen the quality and expand the breadth of services provided. To ensure Rebuilding Together Peninsula is well-positioned for growing its programs, the organization has accepted the Healthy Housing Challenge set forth by the National Center for Healthy Housing. The Healthy Housing Challenge is guided by seven principles: a healthy home should be dry, clean, pest-free, contaminant-free, safe, ventilated, and well-maintained. These principles, endorsed by the Surgeon General, are put into action by the Healthy Housing Challenge, making health and safety repairs more accessible, actionable, and affordable. The Healthy Housing Challenge helps Rebuilding Together Peninsula staff and volunteers identify major hazards and improve the quality of work done in the 200-plus projects the organization completes each year.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Everyone deserves a fair chance to lead a healthy and financially secure life. No one should be denied this chance because of whom they are or the socio-economic opportunities they have been allowed. In 2016, a startling crisis was identified in East Palo Alto when 65 unpermitted Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) were red-tagged by the City of East Palo Alto and occupants were evicted and displaced without clear options for where they would go or how the homeowners could quickly make the needed repairs to bring their units up to code for the occupants to return.

ADUs provide a critical source of affordable housing in low-income communities. Unfortunately, illegally constructed ADUs result in unsafe, unhealthy and unstable housing
options for some of the most vulnerable members of our community - renters or low-income family members who have no other affordable options available to them. Many of these housing units are converted garages or outbuildings that are not built to code and without the appropriate permits for occupancy. The homeowners building these ADUs are simply trying to supplement their income to help them make ends meet or they are trying to help family
members having difficulty finding affordable housing in the area.

Since early 2017, Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP) has been working with the City of East Palo Alto and Faith in Action to help remedy the ADU crisis that is currently plaguing the city and its residents. Together we are working to legalize four garage conversions in East Palo Alto so that the original tenants are able to return to their homes and community. RTP’s main objectives are to 1) Provide an educational process, tools, and resources to help homeowners make more informed decisions about ADU options on their property, including legalizing or
rebuilding an existing unit, or newly construct an ADU 2) Give homeowners in East Palo Alto access to the necessary financial resources and information to build or legalize ADUs safely on their properties.

The astronomical cost of housing and low housing supply in San Mateo County has caused an affordability crisis for low-income residents in the area. This initiative will help create a critical inventory of affordable housing in a low-income community working diligently to save local residents from displacement. Working with homeowners interested in the legalization or creation of ADUs on their property is much more feasible than creating new housing developments, which are often met with resistance from local residents and inevitably take years to get approval on the local government level. In an area where affordable housing is needed now, it is more practical to allow ADUs to be considered as an option of housing in San Mateo County and would be beneficial in an area with very little space for building new housing.

Cities across San Mateo County are revisiting second unit ordinances or creating new ones as a strategy to responding to the housing crisis in San Mateo County. East Palo Alto sits on the frontline of this issue, and if done well, can serve as a model for other cities across the region. Creating a comprehensive, robust program to legalize ADUs in the long term in East Palo Alto is also a unique opportunity to create a genuine public-private partnership between City, County, Residents, Higher Education and Philanthropy.

1. Low-income homeowners in East Palo Alto that have been red-tagged for illegal ADUs will have the necessary knowledge to make informed decisions on legalizing or rebuilding an existing ADU on their property.
2. Low-income homeowners in East Palo Alto will feel knowledgeable and empowered to build ADUs on their property providing more affordable housing opportunities for low-income residents.
3. Improved physical conditions for existing ADUs or new units being built in East Palo Alto.


• Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP): Responsible for the construction of legalizing four garage conversions in East Palo Alto identified by city building officials and for the project management of each conversion. RTP will work with all partners involved to ensure all processes, tools and resources being created align with city building and fire codes. RTP will also participate in the 2nd Unit Implementation/Reducing Displacement Task Force.
Contact: Cari Pang Chen, Associate Director | [email protected]

• City of East Palo Alto: Will work with homeowners of the four garage conversions to streamline the process to legalize the illegal ADUs on their property, providing them the opportunity and appropriate time to correct the situation without further penalty. The city will also work with RTP in ensuring all conversions are built to current building and fire code.
Contact: Sean Charpentier, Assistant City Manager | [email protected]

• Faith in Action Bay Area: Will be acting as a community resource for the homeowners of the four garage conversions, providing them with translation services, community education and communication created by the City of East Palo Alto, as well as act as a “clearing house” for homeowners with illegal ADUs that want to come forward and go through the legalization process.
Contact: Lorena Malgarejo, Executive Director | [email protected]

• City Systems: Will be looking at affordable housing in East Palo Alto through an engineering lens and will work on an interactive web-based tool derived from the information and research learned through the four garage conversions. Also responsible for the management of Stanford University students in the Architectural Design program to create a modular design approach to building ADUs with smaller footprints that would be easier to locate and transport into backyards than larger units requiring a crane. Students in
the Sustainable Urban Systems program will look at ADUs and affordable housing using big data, including an application or interactive web tool to analyze ADU viability on a property.
Contact: Derek Ouyang, Founder | [email protected]

Funder Information
• Facebook has named Rebuilding Together Peninsula as one of its housing partners through the company’s Envision, Transform, Build Coalition initiative, donating $250,000
over two years to help with home rehabilitations in the communities of Belle Haven and East Palo Alto. This funding is meant to specifically address the illegal ADU issues in
both communities.
• Rebuilding Together Peninsula applied for the Get Healthy San Mateo County Grant in the amount of $100,000. All applicants will be notified in December.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

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Goals & Strategy

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Rebuilding Together Peninsula's goal is to ensure that all of our neighbors have a safe and healthy house to call home. We strive to keep our neighbors safe and secure in their homes for as long as possible. RTP is an advocate for ___ We work to ensure that each of our neighbors has a home that is dry, clean, ventilated, pest-free, safe, contaminant-free, and maintained. A dry home has a secure roof, is free of leaks and moisture problems, directs rainwater away from the structure, and provides a functional sink, toilet, bathtub and/or shower to its occupants. A clean home is organized and decluttered and has intact interior paint and wall covering and durable flooring that is easy to clean. A ventilated home includes windows and doors that open, close, and seal effectively, a clothes dryer that vents outside ***, working exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom, and a vented attic***. To be pest-free, a home should have no gaps, cracks, or holes in exterior walls and be free of live infestation of pests and sources of pest attraction.



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Board of directors
as of 11/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. T. Hardy Jackson

Encore Logic

Term: 2022 - 2026

Pete Hooper

Hooper Construction & Remodeling Inc.

Joel Butler, P.E.

W.L. Butler Construction

James Fowler

NOVO Construction

Emily Wu

Peninsula Youth Theatre

Bill Butler

Board Emeritus

John McNellis

Board Emeritus

David A Wollenberg

Board Emeritus

Nick Farwell

Board Emeritus

Kevin Marks

Roche Molecular

Larry Briscoe

Board Member

Kurt Ricci


Fergus O'Shea


Genevieve Cadwalader

Sares Regis Group of Northern California

T. Hardy Jackson

EncoreLogic LLC

Nick Palmer

Commercial Casework Inc

Rumana Jabeen


Corinne Augustine

Intersect ENT

Susan Moriconi


Katy Scott


Garrett Farwell


Peter Tsai

Sobrato Foundation

Paul Moran

Level 10 Construction

Damon Ellis


Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/13/2022

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

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