About Us

Who We Are

Rebuilding together East Bay-North (RTEBN) is a local nonprofit that preserves affordable home ownership and revitalizes our community by providing free rehabilitation and critical repairs to the homes of income qualified seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities.  Since our inception in 1992 as “Christmas in April,” we have improved more than 650 homes and 140 Community Facilities in Berkeley, Emeryville, Albany, and Richmond. 

RTEBN is an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, a national organization with affiliates in communities across the country. Rebuilding Together and its affiliates complete about 10,000 rebuild projects nationwide each year.

What We Do

Rebuilding Together East Bay-North fills a pressing need in our community for repairs, renovations, and safety modifications that improve the lives of low-income seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans. We also provide repairs for nonprofits and community organizations like senior centers, schools, medical clinics, nursing homes, and shelters that serve low-income people right here in our own neighborhood. 

These vital repairs are funded entirely by grants and donations, both cash and in-kind. We do not charge homeowners for these repairs, or encourage them to take out loans which they will have to repay. There are no “strings” attached to our services. This work is made possible by the support of local governments, over 1,000 volunteers, and donations from individuals, corporations, private foundations, and small business owners.

Why We Do It

Many of our neighbors have worked hard all their lives, but now are unable to maintain their homes in safe and secure conditions. Physical disabilities and financial hardship prevent seniors from completing critical repairs needed for their homes, resulting in dangerous and unhealthy living conditions. We believe that disabled and aging homeowners should be able to remain safely in their homes for as long as possible.

Low-income homeowners often have no place to turn to when the roof begins to leak, the front steps crumble, and the heater breaks down. Our goal is to preserve these houses and neighborhoods and assure a warm, dry and safe home for people in need.

Our Team

RTEBN is run by a small team of staff and a Board of Directors who are dedicated to making a difference in our community. 



Executive Director


Program Manager

Aune Michener

Assistant Program Manager

Board of Directors

Alice La Pierre

Board President
Energy Efficiency Coordinator,
Building Scientist

Suzanna Yeh

Board Vice President
Elder Advocate

Greg VanMechelen

Board Secretary
Architect, VanMechelen Architects

Timothy Pakes

Board Treasurer
President, Presynct Technologies

Albert Nahman

Board Member
Owner, Albert Nahman
Plumbing and Heating

Bill Bauer

Board Member
Electrical Engineer

Linda Novick

Board Member
Retired Urban and Regional Planner

Margo Schueler

Board Member
Retired Water System Construction and Maintenance Superintendent, CE

News & Updates

Check out our blog for recent RTEBN news and project updates!