Today's guests are Stefanie F. Seldin and Tony Gonzalez of Rebuilding Together Philadelphia (RTP). Stefanie is president and CEO and Tony is program manager.
Rebuilding Together Philadelphia (RTP) revitalizes communities by transforming vulnerable houses into safe, healthy and energy-efficient homes. RTP brings volunteers and communities together to repair homes and improve lives. Each year, RTP and more than 1,300 volunteers provide free safe and healthy home repairs for 75 to 100 homeowners.
In this interview, Stefanie and Tony talk about RTP's several of its programs include Block Builds, Vo-Tech in the House and a $400,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency to pay for home repairs for senior residents in Philadelphia.
Stefanie joined RTP as Executive Director in November 2013. Before coming to RTP, Stefanie was the managing attorney for Philadelphia VIP, an agency that recruits volunteer attorneys to assist low-income residents facing civil legal problems threatening their basic human needs. Shelter is first on that list of needs, and housing issues have been Stefanie’s focus for the past 10 years. Stefanie aims to put the housing difficulties faced by low-income families in the hearts and minds of thousands of volunteers. Stefanie has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Georgetown University Law School.
Tony joined RTP in February 2018. With a background in healthcare administration and construction management, Tony brings a variety of experiences to the RTP staff. Prior to joining RTP, Tony worked as a Community Programs Coordinator for Esperanza Health Center where he administered lay health education and a youth fitness programs for the surrounding community.