First Foundation Bank Officers Meet with Rebuilding Together Board by Tim Clarke

On Thursday October 13, 2022, members of the board of directors of Rebuilding Together Mountain Communities had lunch with Sylva Figueroa and Emily Sukman from First Financial Bank, the first face to face chat since Covid that didn’t involve a computer. Sylva and Emily work in the community investment and charitable giving side of the bank and came to offer any assistance that they could to our organization, in addition to their giving a grant in 2021. We had a lovely time learning about each other and where we all came from, with a lot of laughing and joking thrown in for good measure. They wanted to know how the last Rebuilding Day came off and we were excited to share with them work that was done and homeowner stories. We told them that we are in the planning stages of Rebuilding Day 2023 next April, and we are hoping that a group representing the bank can come and share the Rebuilding Day experience. When it was time to part, we stood wide eyed as a giant check appeared for a renewed donation of $10,000 for the Emergency Repair Program. It was smiles and thank yous all around. Emily put it best when she said it was nice to be on the softer side of banking…. giving to others.
Well, Hats off to First Foundation Bank for a relationship we hope will last for years to come!


Rebuilding Together would like to greatly thank all our volunteers, trades people, local businesses, and donors for their support this year. We had a wonderful Rebuilding Day Saturday April 30th 2022 and were able to help 6 homeowners stay “Warm, Safe, and Dry” in their homes. Our hope is that through the hard work of our generous community on this Rebuilding Day, the lives of everyone involved will be changed for the better. We look forward to seeing you all again next year! Please see this year’s pictures here: 2022 Rebuilding Day

Thank You Arrowhead Credit Union

Rebuilding Together Mountain Communities would like to thank Arrowhead Credit Union for their generous donation of durable medical equipment and senior hygiene products pictured here with Stefanie Villalobos (Executive Director ArrowHeart Foundation) center, and Sam and Amanda at ACU in Crestline. This donation will help some of our elderly neighbors keep Safe, Warm, and Dry on Rebuilding Day Saturday April 30th, 2022.

The ArrowHeart Foundation is a community service effort established by Arrowhead Credit Union in 2013. Through ArrowHeart, they have made the promise to always give back to the community that they serve. They strongly believe in the philosophy of “people helping people.”




Success Requires a Strong “Foundation” by Tim Clarke

Teresa Weber, the Branch Manager of First Foundation Bank in Running Springs, recently contacted their main office in El Segundo recommending Rebuilding Together Mountain Communities as a worthy cause for the banks support. We were touched by their two-year commitment of $10,000 a year to be used in our year-round Emergency Repair program. What a blessing!

After the trauma of the past two years, so many non-profits like ours have struggled, making these types of gifts so appreciated and enable us to continue. Rebuilding Together Mountain Communities is one of the smallest chapters of the national organization, but one which has been in continuous operation for 27 years. This is a record we are proud of and is reflected by our all-volunteer board of directors.

So, it is with the utmost gratitude we say “thank you, First Foundation Bank” for your support in keeping mountain communities neighbors in need to stay Safe, Warm and Dry in their own homes. With the help of First Foundation and others we look forward to a great Rebuilding Day on April 30tt. In the meantime, we will be looking for trade and non-trade volunteers. You can call 909 336-3910 to sign up.

Don’t forget if you know someone that needs immediate help, contact us now. Home-ownership and financial qualifications apply as in Rebuilding Day. Our Emergency Repair Program enables us to help neighbors in need with minor repairs year round. Repairs are performed by paid mountain contractors and reimbursed by RTMC.

Another of our programs is Home Modifications which has to do with installing grab bars and hand rails for slip and fall prevention. Call before you fall!

We are always looking for new board members. So, if you like the process of organization and making things happen for others, contact us. We are looking for people who are committed to the community. Come along with us to help others.

Contact us at:

Rebuilding Together Mountain Communities

P. O. Box 3540

Blue Jay, CA. 92317


Thank You Janice Rutherford

Rebuilding Together Mountain Communities would like to thank San Bernardino County Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford and Lewis Murray, the District Representative for the Rim of the World Mountain Communities for recognizing the work of RTMC and asking us to apply for a generous county grant. The grant was approved and the funds are already being used to help our mountain neighbors. Though grants such as these help us perform larger jobs that would normally be beyond our scope, we still very much rely on both the financial and volunteer support from local businesses and individuals in our community to conduct our Emergency Repair program and of course our annual Rebuilding Day event. If you would like to help this year, please click on the donate button and/or download a volunteer application.

Rebuilding Together Mountain Communities

P.O. Box 3540

Blue Jay Ca 92317


The Rock of Rebuilding Together Mountain Communities by Tim Clarke

Rebuilding Day 2021 Update by Tim Clarke

When God closes a door, he always opens a window by Tim Clarke

The regrettable closing of the Presbyterian Church in Crestline has resulted in an unexpected windfall from the sale of the property. The Presbytery of Riverside, acting for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is following its policy of tithing a portion of the property sale to a local non – profit. The Reverend Tom Rennard, the interim pastor at the closing of the church, recommended Rebuilding Together Mountain Communities receive this tithe to continue the work of repairing, restoring and revitalizing the homes of those in need in our mountain communities. RTMC received a check in the amount of $25,603.35.

RTMC has been blessed with unexpected gifts over the years from inside and outside the community many coming out of the blue to help just when we needed it. Because our affiliate is staffed by an all-volunteer board, with a minimum of expenses we can ensure that the money raised ends up in the community where it belongs.

When we struggle either as individuals or a nation, we often look to blame someone or something else. But when we give help, we come together. Rebuilding Together gives freely to our neighbors in need, some see renewed hope in our gift and others in the giving itself, Rebuilding Together is thankful for both and cherish the memories of Rebuilding Days past.

Now in our 27th year in the mountain communities, we are anxious to receive applications from needy homeowners, those needing home repairs on Rebuilding Day or emergency repairs right away. No matter whether you are applying for yourself, or a friend, contact us at:

Rebuilding Together Mountain Communities

P.O. Box 3540

Blue Jay Ca 92317


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