Archive for February, 2014

Maintenance Skills, Smaller Bills: Homeowners Tackle the Spackle

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Last Sunday, Yachad’s construction manager, Robin Renner, led homeowners in a Do-It-Yourself Maintenance workshop at Academy of Hope. Rolling up their sleeves, the group learned how to repair drywall, spackle, and conduct a wide variety of home repairs. It turns out that repairing drywall is a lot like decorating a cake.

Fifteen homeowners and family members attended, enthusiastically participating in the hands-on work and skillfully making the repairs.

A big thanks to Robin for leading the workshop, to the homeowners who participated, and to Academy of Hope for generously allowing us to use their classroom facilities. We look forward to our next workshop in March!

Pre-Game to the Games Heightens Olympic Competition

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Yachad works every day for “Team USA” to transform homes and communities, but on Thursday, February 6th, Yachad stepped it up a notch with some Olympic-style competition. Yachad United, Yachad’s young professional group, hosted a happy hour and games night at Thomas Foolery that brought out well over forty people to celebrate Yachad’s work and raise support for future repair projects.

Team Netherlands dominated the competition at the games tournament, with France and Switzerland coming in for a close silver and bronze.

Congratulations to the winning Olympians (Yachadians)! A big thanks to Rachel Miller Griffith, Deborah Ben-Moshe, and the rest of the planning committee that made the event possible, and thanks to everyone who came out to support Yachad. We hope you can join us for a Yachad United spring repair project!

Ramp it Up! Camp Returns for 2014

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Yachad’s Ramp it Up! Is Back
Sign Up Now—Room for only 20 Lucky Rampers

Ramp it Up! returns for the summer of 2014 to transform a home, the lives of a family, and the lives of the high-schoolers who participate. Ramp it Up! is Yachad’s summer camp in which high school students build an accessibility ramp.

Rampers spend five days building an accessibility ramp for an individual with disabilities under the supervision of a carpenter and counselor. In addition to learning construction skills, rampers learn about issues of poverty and accessibility as a civil right by reading articles, learning from guest speakers, and participating in group discussions.

Students must have at least completed freshman year of high school. Rampers will receive 30 hours of SSL community service hours for one week of participation.

This year, campers can choose to attend one of two weeks of camp or attend both weeks. The 2014 dates are: June 16- 20, June 23- 27

Tuition: $400 for one week and $750 for two weeks

To learn more and download an application, please visit

We hope to see you this summer!

Yachad Launches Handymensch Volunteer Group

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Do a Mitzvah, Become a Yachad Handymensch!

If you know your way around a hammer or have any carpentry, plumbing, or other repair skills, then grab a hammer and be a mensch… a Handymensch!

*Mensch (n.): An upstanding, worthy, honorable person. One who does good deeds: “He is a real mensch, the kind of guy you can always count on.”

Yachad is launching the Handymensch program for semi-skilled volunteers to work on a few repair projects a year. Volunteers must have some home repair experience, but can improve and learn new skills on the job. Groups of a few Handymensch will go out quarterly to homes and non-profit sites with Yachad’s construction manager to tackle vital repairs.

All we ask is that you make a commitment of volunteering at least twice a year. Handymensches make it possible for Yachad to make a bigger impact by decreasing project costs so we can do more work.

For more information or to sign up, contact Robin Renner, Yachad’s Construction Manager, at