The Mercury News

Rebecca’s Rockin’ Rebuilders REALLY Rocked It!

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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.
“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.
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Rebecca Jepsen
 ??  ?? This is what the hillside looked like before the project.
This is what the hillside looked like before the project.
 ??  ?? A day of work created a set of stairs that provides access.
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.
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.
Getting the project done one step at a time.
 ??  ?? Every person plays a vital role.
Every person plays a vital role.

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