Welcome to the Farwell House!


The housing affordability crisis plaguing the Bay Area directly impacted Rebuilding Together Peninsula in 2015. For the first time in seven years, we were unable to secure two AmeriCorps members due to the high cost of living in the area. Since 2008, these two sets of hands have played a significant role at Rebuilding Together Peninsula helping us with everything from volunteer recruitment to project site support. Understanding the importance AmeriCorps plays at Rebuilding Together Peninsula, our creative and innovative Board of Directors discussed the purchase of a home to ease the housing burden for future AmeriCorps volunteers. Within months, Rebuilding Together Peninsula became the proud owners of a house in East Palo Alto. 

Previously vacant and in a state of disrepair, the house will receive a complete overhaul this summer. With an aggressive timeline in place, the home will be ready in time for the start date of our incoming AmeriCorps volunteers, who will increase our capacity to preserve affordable housing on the Peninsula.

This exciting development in the history of our organization could not have happened if not for the combination of a forward-thinking board of directors and incredible community partners. Follow our journey as we transform this old 2 bedroom/1 bath home into a new 4 bedroom/2 bath home for our AmeriCorps to live as part of their 10-month commitment to supporting the work of our organization as part of Rebuilding Together's CapacityCorps program. 

Special thanks to the Farwell Family for stepping forward as our lead donor to help fund construction of this project that will contribute to the long-term sustainability of our work.

Project Updates

  • More work in the yard! Our skilled volunteers came out to put some more finishing touches on the yard as we get closer to moving day! Take a look:
    Posted Sep 23, 2016, 11:59 AM by marissa@rebuildingtogetherpeninsula.org
  • Drywall is in and the walls are being primed! Thanks to Surber Drywall for donating the drywall installation, taping, and texturing work for our AmeriCorps House!  It was quite a push, but the walls were ready by September 6 ...
    Posted Sep 8, 2016, 7:06 AM by Cari Pang Chen
  • The Interior Doors are Going In! Thanks to all our amazing volunteers who helped Pete and Frankie to install the interior doors today:Bill OlsenDale RealJohn SchniedwindKeith Rahder
    Posted Aug 10, 2016, 1:50 PM by Cari Pang Chen
  • The Roof is Up! Thanks to a very special roofer for helping to make our dreams come true, by installing this brand new roof for us at our AmeriCorps house!  They've preferred to ...
    Posted Aug 9, 2016, 5:40 PM by Cari Pang Chen
  • Milgard Windows are in! Windows are up as of Friday, August 1! Thanks to Lee Benson of Milgard Windows and Jacquelyn Parsons and the team from Bennett Glass Company in Redwood City for providing ...
    Posted Aug 3, 2016, 11:08 AM by Cari Pang Chen
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