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January 2014

Beverly Jackson '00

Rebuilding Communities One Home At A TimeBeverly Jackson

Since moving from Canada to the Silicon Valley in the early 90's, Beverly Jackson has always worked in the nonprofit sector with agencies serving low-income families and seniors. She went to Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) to finish a degree in intensive Human Services with an emphasis in counseling.

"I enjoyed working with mature students who were interested in working in the field of non-profit, human services and spending evenings with like-minded people in small intensive groups," said Jackson.

Jackson also credits NDNU emeritus Deborah Cash, Professor of Behavioral Science, and Patrick Arbore, Senior Lecturer in Human Services, for the education she received from the School of Business and Management.

"It was a perfect combination of all the classes and what I wanted to do career wise," said Jackson. "Patrick was full of intent about the client and it wasn't just casework or bookwork, it was about people. He had real life experiences and could give specific examples of client work."

Soon after graduating, Jackson took the job with Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley as their executive director. Prior to joining Rebuilding Together, she was the Community Service and Public Policy Manager with Second Harvest Food Bank.

Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley is a nonprofit organization that performs home repairs for low-income seniors and the disabled. "Our mission is to help low-income homeowners stay in their homes, safe, warm and independent," said Jackson. "We involve the community and volunteers to do critical and essential home safety repairs and home rehabilitation for low income homeowners in need at no cost to the service recipient."

Along with working on homes directly, Jackson says the organization also assists nonprofit organizations with facility maintenance and repairs so that they can dedicate their time and resources to helping our community.

"I think the hallmarks and mission of our organization is similar to the University," said Jackson. "We are like brokers, connecting people who want to help along with missions that they can help and be a part of."

Since 1991, Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley has renovated over 1800 homes and community facilities. "We have nearly 3,000 volunteers a year that help us. Our small teams of volunteers and staff do smaller repairs such as having a clients house painted, yard cleanup, building a safer walkway, hand railings and wheel chair ramps. We do about 300 homes per year."

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The Notre Dame de Namur University Alumni Newsletter is published by the Alumni Relations Office.
Elizabeth Valente, Director of Alumni Relations, Editor.

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