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RTO Project

May 16, 2012
Rebuliding Together Oakland
Mark working with volunteers on RTO project

Mark Coaching a Volunteer Carpenter

For one senior resident of Oakland, California, her 85th birthday will be one to remember.  A program called Rebuilding Together Oakland (RTO) and the Piedmont Community Service crew, aided by donations from community-committed companies, transformed Louise and her husband Dick’s old and dilapidated house into a home that will accommodate their special needs, keep the couple safe and be a joy to live in.

Louise and her husband have been living in the home for 50 years, but as those years passed the house was showing its age.  Floors were in disrepair, their modest back yard had gone wild, windows were no longer secure and neighborhood crime was becoming a more and more distressing issue.  Also, Dick, who suffers from dementia, had become bedridden and unable to negotiate the house’s stairs.

RTO supplied volunteer labor and donated materials — including security doors and restored windows provided by Wooden Window Inc. of Oakland — refinished floors, built a modest garden and deck, repainted the home and provided a ramp and handrails so that Dick would be able to get to his medical appointments.  And best of all, they finished the job on April 28th, 2012 — just in time to give Louise a very special 85th birthday present.

At Wooden Window, we were happy to help. As Mark Christiansen, Wooden Window’s Vice President of Engineering puts it, “It is great to give back to those in need in our community. Projects like these are when I don’t mind taking work home with me. It was great to donate the materials and time to make this couple’s home safer, more comfortable as their lifestyles change, and something to be proud of again.”

Volunteer for RTO

Louise Looks On

Wooden Window would like to congratulate Louise and Dick, and thank the generous and committed volunteers of Rebuilding Together Oakland for their tireless efforts and their wonderful commitment to the Oakland community.  Nice work all.


June 2012 Wooden Window Community Networking Breakfast 2012 AIA Preservation Merit Award – Fresno Community College
June 2012 Wooden Window Community Networking Breakfast
2012 AIA Preservation Merit Award – Fresno Community College

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