Re­becca’s Rockin’ Re­builders RE­ALLY Rocked It!

The Mercury News - - Real Estate Plus -

In case you missed it, April 27 was an ex­hil­a­rat­ing and ex­haust­ing day across Santa Clara County, and Re­becca’s Rockin’ Re­builders cer­tainly “rocked it”!

The vol­un­teer event, called Spring Re­build­ing Day, is an an­nual pro­ject of Re­build­ing To­gether Sil­i­con Val­ley, which ben­e­fits many low-in­come home­own­ers in need as well as a se­lect group of lo­cal non­prof­its.

Re­becca Jepsen, a top-pro­duc­ing Re­al­tor here in the South Bay, is all about build­ing com­mu­nity in ev­ery­thing that she does. Re­becca’s Rockin’ Re­builders, an in­cred­i­ble group of friends, clients and volunteers in­spired by Re­becca, came to­gether to as­sist Up­lift Fam­ily Ser­vices in Los Gatos. Up­lift is a unique non­profit ded­i­cated to re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing youth in crises through­out the Bay Area. Up­lift is on a mis­sion to build a “Ron­ald McDon­ald” house on its 20-acre fa­cil­ity, which will ac­com­mo­date fam­i­lies vis­it­ing their kids who are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­gram.

In her usual style, Re­becca jumped in head­first, with no hes­i­ta­tion, and spon­sored an enor­mous set of tasks for her first Re­build­ing Pro­ject.

“Some­times I feel like the luck­i­est girl on the planet! I was hon­ored and in awe to have most of my best friends and many of my fab­u­lous clients (who have all be­come great friends as well) join me! Not only did they put their in­cred­i­ble hearts, able bodies and sound minds (well maybe?) into this in­cred­i­ble day, most of them do­nated to the cause as well,” Jepsen said.

Re­becca’s group ac­com­plished the work it set out to do — they built 50 feet of stairs and a land­ing on a slip­pery hill­side that will make the home ac­ces­si­ble from the park­ing lot — but that wasn’t all.

They also took out about a quar­ter-acre of in­va­sive Scotch broom, took out a cou­ple of dead trees, did some trim­ming and planted about a dozen gor­geous laven­der plants – did I say ex­haust­ing?

Volunteers seemed to come from ev­ery­where, but one, Lily Oc­cena, signed up af­ter read­ing an April 1 story about the pro­ject (https://www. mer­curynews.com/2019/04/01/spon­sore­drebuild­ing-and-up­lift­ing-the-com­mu­nity).

“Every­one put in 100-plus per­cent ef­fort to get all the work done and it was so much fun! It felt great to have the op­por­tu­nity to help such a won­der­ful pro­gram,” she said. “It is amaz­ing to see how much can be ac­com­plished in just one day with a small group of ded­i­cated, big-hearted volunteers! The com­pleted stair­way looked as though it just be­longed there … like it was meant to be there. I look for­ward to the next one! I will def­i­nitely try to re­cruit my fam­ily and friends next time — you def­i­nitely Rock Re­becca!”

It’s not just volunteers of­fer­ing praise and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the Spring Re­build­ing Day team. Mari­cris Niles, Bay Re­gion projects man­ager for Up­lift Fam­ily Ser­vices, knows lead­er­ship is a key el­e­ment in any suc­cess­ful ef­fort.

“It was such a priv­i­lege be­ing a part of Re­becca’s group and see­ing first­hand what a dif­fer­ence a few mis­sion-driven, ded­i­cated peo­ple can cre­ate in one day!” Niles says. “Be­ing a part of that day was so ‘up­lift­ing’ for me — truly in­spi­ra­tional! Thank you very much Re­becca for find­ing the time and ded­i­cat­ing the funds and en­ergy to help us.

Gwen Weis­berg also rel­ishes be­ing a part of the event. “So fun and re­ward­ing to give back to the com­mu­nity and es­pe­cially to such an in­cred­i­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion, thanks Re­becca for in­clud­ing us!”

As a very suc­cess­ful Re­al­tor here in the South Bay, Re­becca truly be­lieves that “when you’ve done well, you need to do good!” She is all in with ev­ery­thing she does and supporting Up­lift Fam­ily Ser­vices and Re­build­ing To­gether Sil­i­con Val­ley is def­i­nitely a part of her long-term plans.

Please call or email Re­becca if you would like to join Re­becca’s Rockin’ Re­builders on their next BIG ad­ven­ture!

"On be­half of Up­lift Fam­ily Ser­vices we can't Thank You enough for your time, en­ergy and pas­sion and for the huge trans­for­ma­tion we all ac­com­plished Satur­day! Please give your­self a round of ap­plause, and three cheers for the Rockin' Re­becca!!! Please know you have made a huge dif­fer­ence!! Not only do I look for­ward to the next pro­ject with Re­becca, I look for­ward to hav­ing her as my re­al­tor when

I need to make my next move!" ~ AJ An­der­son, direc­tor, fa­cil­i­ties and op­er­a­tions at Up­lift Fam­ily Ser­vices

"It was in­cred­i­ble to see all that a group of mo­ti­vated peo­ple can ac­com­plish in a day ... I started the day as a stranger and ended it up be­ing part of some­thing way big­ger. Thanks for al­low­ing me to be part of the trans­for­ma­tion that took place that day!" ~ Paola Arana

"So fun and re­ward­ing to give back to the com­mu­nity and es­pe­cially to such an in­cred­i­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion, thanks Re­becca for in­clud­ing us!" ~ Gwyn Weis­berg

"Some­times I think I am the luck­i­est girl on the planet. Not only did most of my best friends, but many of my clients who have be­come great friends, do­nated their time and money to the ef­fort. I am hon­ored and in awe that with strong hearts, able bodies and sound mind (well, maybe) from all over the com­mu­nity we came to­gether for this mean­ing­ful and im­pact­ful day. It was an amaz­ing day . ... I hope it has a last­ing ef­fect on Up­lift Fam­ily Ser­vices, I know it up­lifted me for the rest of my life." ~ Re­becca Jepsen

“It was such a priv­i­lege be­ing a part of Re­becca’s group and see­ing first­hand what a dif­fer­ence a few mis­sion-driven, ded­i­cated peo­ple can cre­ate in one day!” says Mari­cris Niles of Up­lift Fam­ily Ser­vices.

Re­becca Jepsen

This is what the hill­side looked like be­fore the pro­ject.

A day of work cre­ated a set of stairs that pro­vides ac­cess.

Vol­un­teer Co­or­di­na­tor Monique Frappier (left), a client turned very good friend, with neigh­bor and Safety Cap­tain Nancy Kirk — aka Cap­tain Kirk.

Get­ting the pro­ject done one step at a time.

Ev­ery per­son plays a vi­tal role.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.