A Date Night at Pet Emergency – Spring 2015 Benefit

Spring 2015 BUILD Benefit

Performance & Reception

Layout 1Sunday, March 15
Reception and Refreshments at 2:00 p.m.
Show at 2:30 p.m.
Berkeley Arts and Cultural Center
2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA
$25 – $50 sliding scale
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Berkeley Youth Living with Disabilities (BUiLD), an innovative agency and residence for young people with disabilities, is featuring Lisa Rothman’s hilarious one-woman show “Date Night at Pet Emergency” at its upcoming benefit.  Lisa’s show is about having a child with special needs (and two rescue dogs) and celebrates the professionals who support families like hers.  Lisa says, “While my son’s neurological disorder is relatively minor compared to the challenges faced by the families that Berkeley Youth Living with Disabilities serves, I am grateful to all the people who helped our son learn to walk and talk and feel privileged to be able to give back in this way.”  The show is directed by David Ford (SF Chronicle’s Theater MVP).

About the show: Ever since Baby #2 hit the scene, Lisa and Kevin have been fighting over sippy cups, fruit salad, and impenetrable origami instructions.  Now Kevin is storming around the emergency pet clinic, ranting about the vet bill. How could they have foreseen this? Who ever heard of a dog overdosing on antibiotics?! Lisa isn’t sure what to do. All she knows is that this has got to be the worst date night ever!

This event is made possible through the generous support of Kaiser Permanente East Bay.  The show contains adult language and content.  To request disability accommodations, contact Racquel Robinson at Build at least 10 days in advance at 510.845.2744  or buildbenefit@gmail.com

Anniversary Party- new date!

Our Anniversary Party and Open House has been rescheduled for May 2nd, from 4-6 pm. Please join us for an evening of celebration of 10 + years of service to our community, meet current residents and their families, staff, board members, city officials, supporters, neighbors and friends. All are welcome!


Please join us for our anniversary celebration

Due to several unforeseen events, we are now holding our open house to celebrate 10 + years of service on May 2, 2013 from 4-6 pm. The originally scheduled date was February 7th. Please update your calendars, we would hate to have anyone miss it!

Please join us for light refreshment, meet the clients and families and speak to employees, board members, supporters, neighbors and friends of Build House. All are welcome.

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.


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!