HOUSE RE-WARMING AND BUILD GROWS UP

Over the past 17 years the Build House has done its best to put our residents first, and as a result our wonderful residents have blossomed into (gasp!) adults! As a result, Build has transitioned to a home for adults with disabilities, which means we have gone through a rebranding of sorts: the Build House aka Berkeley Individuals Living with Disabilities!

To celebrate, we are having a “re-warming” as an opportunity for the greater Build community to see what the residents have been up to! Please see the invite below

Also, stay tuned for an exciting fundraising event to be announced for this Spring/Summer 2020!

Build House Welcomes Anthony!

Welcome!

This week, preparations for welcoming our sixth client (to fill a vacancy left by Hedy, who returned home to live with her family) became complete. Anthony, a teen from Oakland, will be living near his family for the first time since he moved into residential care. Anthony was living in a facility in Los Angeles, as his mother was told this was the closest appropriate placement. She has been struggling ever since to try to bring him home. Anthony’s family is excited about seeing their struggle realized, and we are happy to welcome them to the Build House family.

May 2009

Transition Fair – April 2010

The Alameda County Transition Fair was held this year at Alameda City College on March 27. We decided to represent Build at this event for the first time. Formerly, since our services applied only to youth, we did not feel that our participation was appropriate. However, now that our age limit has been raised, and we officially serve individuals in their twenties, we felt that it was a good time to let the community know about us. We were also able to network with other services that were out there and it helped significantly to let other providers know about us.

Build House Executive Director Racquel Robinson and Board Member Rachel Kasa attended

Solano Stroll 2010

Solano Stroll this year provided a great way for the local community to see and interact with the Build residents and our volunteers and board. A special group of young volunteers from Albany High, headed by Natasha Aggarwal, did a wonderful job of setting up a colorful booth with information about our organization, and stayed up all night baking cookies to give away to the many children and families that show up for this unique community event on Solano Avenue in Berkeley.

The Fair

Solano Stroll highlights the merchants and businesses along Solano Avenue, but it also is a street fair. There are booths, vendors and music, and booths that showcase the diversity of the many non-profit and community minded organizations that call Berkeley home. We were proud to be among them.

Who Was There

Volunteers and Board Members took turns staffing the booth and talking to people who stopped by about the mission of the organization. Clients participated for about an hour before lunch giving out cookies.

Outreach

The volunteers from local high schools also conducted a raffle, with passerby buying tickets for $1 each. Prizes were donated by a board member. Several families signed up to volunteer, and a few people offered to donate their time. Many people expressed surprise that our organization operated a facility, as we apparently did not fit their idea of what a care facility could be like. What we all enjoyed was seeing friends and acquaintances, and speaking to them about our involvement.

“One of the things that is so great about this is seeing all the people come by who we know from other parts of our lives. This is really great.”
-Lise Karler, Board Member

Our youth enjoyed speaking with and interacting with their fellow high school and middle school students and others that stopped to by to say hello. Our residents also enjoyed the delicious curry and naan, and the bbq from nearby food booths.

Next Year

We hope that this event will continue to be a Build tradition, so if you live in Berkeley, look for us next year at the Solano Stroll! See you next year!

Welcome to the newest iteration of Build House’s website!

Hello, friends, and welcome!

It should come as no surprise to anyone that keeping up with the online universe takes some serious dedication. Since we’ve got lots of other things to do, this is one area we’ve fallen behind on, but no longer.We’re keeping up with the Joneses… and the Sergey Brins, Larry Pages and Mark Zuckerbergs. We might even get on facebook one of these days.

So, welcome to our new WordPress webpage! We love free stuff, especially when it helps us do our job better. Which includes giving you, our community, the information you need. We’re going to have lots of fun with all the neat things it can do! Including keeping up with the doings of our clients year round. Donating online. Looking at pictures. Viewing our wishlist. Reading about issues or legislation that affects persons with developmental disabilities. Or finding links to other great organizations. You can also use our calendar to find out when we’re having a party, a board meeting you’d like to attend, or a special event needing volunteers.

All this, and you can even be a part of it! Send us your photos, ideas for blog entries, a special anecdote, comments or questions to: buildhouse@prodigy.net.

Volunteers from UC Berkeley accompany clients on an outing