Instructor Highlight: Shona

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Shona is an instructor at the ReBuilding Center. She teaches primarily Electrical and Plumbing classes, but has recently starting teaching woodworking classes as well. Learn more about Shona, her experience working in the trades, and teaching in the Education Shop!

What led you to your work in the trades? What led you to work at RBC?
I have a degree in Journalism/Natural Resources Technical Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but never could find anything other than contract or part-time work. Eventually I moved out here, and working full-time with a living wage and decent benefits drove my decision to become an electrician. I’ve never regretted it!

I had to reboot my career about ten years ago when I became allergic to concrete dust, so I transitioned from construction to maintenance. Now I work as a supervisor and my office/typing skills come in handy. I started volunteering at the ReBuilding Center as a Teaching Assistant in the Electrical for Homeowners classes in 2017, and then applied as a part-time instructor. Since then, I’ve worked with the Education Team to develop other electrical classes that we’re working into the rotation.

What was it like when you first started working here? What were your impressions?
I have been a fan of RBC for many years, but was blown away by the first staff meeting I attended. Everyone here is so engaged and I am thrilled that all types of employees have been actively involved in “big picture” decisions like developing the mission statement and recruiting a new director. RBC walks the talk! It’s great to see the support for diversity and community.

Do you have any favorite or memorable moments from the classroom?
Teaching here is so much fun. Every class has at least one “light bulb” moment when someone gets really excited about what they’re learning. Students tell us that the classes are very empowering. I love getting emails from students telling me that they’ve used what we’re teaching here to successfully tackle a project at home!

What inspires you?
People who work to make a difference every day. All of the little efforts add up to big changes.

What has been your experience with teaching Women's classes?
I have always enjoyed teaching women’s classes for different organizations. I think that women are much more likely to help each other out in group settings. If they already know how to use tools, they will usually step back and encourage someone else to take advantage of the opportunity to learn.

What do you like to do when you aren't working?
I hang out with family and friends, read a lot, and do crafty stuff. I like polymer clay, needle felting, and decorating cakes with fondant. Anything small and sculptural. 

Anything else?
If there is a class you’d like to take, please let us know! A lot of the offerings started out as suggestions from students. And if you have any tools that you’d like to donate, we’d love to have them!

DeConstruction Services Update


As of July 5, Deconstruction Services at the ReBuilding Center will close. We thank all who helped us pioneer this trade, including staff past and present—as well as supporting clients and community members.

More than 20 years ago, when our DeConstruction Services were launched, the ReBuilding Center pioneered a new way to remove buildings that was far superior to mechanical demolition—it protected neighbors from harmful dust and debris and salvaged materials for reuse, rather than sending them to the landfill.

Over the course of our operations, we deconstructed almost a million square feet on over 1,000 projects, and gave rise to an entirely new sector in the building industry. We were so successful, in fact, that the City of Portland decided that ours was the model they wanted to replicate, to make it mandatory for residential structures built before 1916 through a Deconstruction Ordinance.

We made the very difficult decision to stop doing deconstruction in part because the need for a nonprofit deconstruction firm no longer exists with so many capable for-profit firms meeting the need for deconstruction in the Portland region.  

In this sense, we have actually succeeded—we have pioneered a new method that has been so successful that others have stepped in to meet the need. Our team has done amazing work over the years, and has built our reputation as a pioneer in sustainability and reuse.

If you are seeking a deconstruction firm, we recommend viewing the City of Portland’s list of certified deconstruction contractors.

In the 20-year history of DeConstruction Services, we have:

  • Worked on 1,240 projects;

  • Deconstructed 369 whole houses;

  • Engaged in 73 whole-house guts and/or roof removals;

  • Deconstructed 30 commercial buildings and/or apartments;

  • Dismantled 20 barns of various sizes;

  • Deconstructed 260 garages (also of various sizes);

  • Dismantled 20+ sheds; and

  • Performed house skims; kitchen skims and guts; bath skims and guts; and flooring removals.

Andy and Ryan finishing work on the last deconstruction project.

Andy and Ryan finishing work on the last deconstruction project.

DeConstructing Walls and Barriers

By: Claire Schilperoort (Salvage Specialist)

Ella Rose with Workshop Participants

Ella Rose with Workshop Participants

A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of joining Andy (DeConstructionist) in representing the ReBuilding Center at the annual Oregon Tradeswomen’s Career Fair, hosted at NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center. Mayela (Salvage Specialist) and Ella Rose (Salvage Specialist) attended on Friday to demonstrate making planter boxes and coat racks with reclaimed materials (and using of a lot of wooden cabinet knobs)!

Andy and I arrived on Saturday morning and navigated parking to unload the marvelous temporary wall Andy constructed for our deconstruction demonstration. We set up our table, overflowing in terrific handouts about RBC— education class information, business cards, bumper stickers, and job applications—then grabbed some muffins and coffee at the food station, and were ready to go.

Mind you, we were in a back demonstration room, hallways past hallways, away from the main party, and a little hidden. Worried about not getting enough foot traffic our way, Andy made some beautiful signs to hang throughout the building, and I set up our “deconstruct a wall!” sign on a stool in the hallway, and we waited.

Things were slow at first. I’d eaten all my muffins, our coffee was cold, and aside from a few heads peaking in the door, our wall was lonely and untouched. But low and behold, a group of 5 or 6 young ladies came through the door, and the pace of the day was changed forever. Their enthusiasm and vibrancy about learning and getting their hands on materials was extremely refreshing. Some were shyer than others, but even they grabbed hammers, put on those safety glasses, and patiently listened to Andy’s instruction. I thought we’d take some trim off and maybe talk about reuse, but these girls ended up deconstructing the entire wall, from light fixture to studs!

Andy posing with the DeConstruction Wall

Andy posing with the DeConstruction Wall

From then on, we had a pretty steady procession of interested people trickle in—people of all ages and education levels. A five-year-old with our giant gloves on, safety glasses falling off her little face, found comfort with the drill driver and took every panel off one side of the wall. Others had already received some degree of formal education in electrical/construction/etc. and were more curious about who RBC is and what we do. We explained our mission, the different departments of RBC, and how they all exist together to make things flow. We told many interested people about the classes we offer, volunteer opportunities, and handed out every single job application!

Several young ladies we met had never held a drill before, let alone an impact driver. They were hesitant, posturing as if the wall would explode when they pulled the trigger, and stripped a couple screws a little, but once they realized they were in control, how to hold it, pressure needed, how angles mattered, etc., there was no stopping them.

Andy and I took a couple turns walking around the facility while the other led demos, exploring the more than 70 exhibitors and 40 hands-on workshops. So many opportunities and happy, ambitious people sharing their knowledge and answering questions!

It's Good in the Hood!

The Good in the Hood Music and Food festival is the largest multi-cultural festival in the region. Each year, the festivals opens with a community parade that travels through Northeast Portland. With a focus on community building and multicultural engagement, the Good in the Hood festival allows Portland residents to connect with each other through food and music, inspiring unity throughout the community.

Year after year, ReBuilding Center has a blast on our float in the parade - waving to our friends and neighbors, jammin’ to the musical accompaniment of Ural Thomas and the Pain, and experiencing the strong community that Good in the Hood emphasizes.


Today's Finds: May 2019

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Volunteer Highlight: Marci

By: Aaron Green

Volunteers at the Rebuilding Center are the life-blood of the organization. I heard a staff member say that once during a tour. It’s a big thing to say, too. Could it really be true? When I stop to consider the 15,000+ hours our 2,250 volunteers contributed to our organization in 2018 alone, from wrangling and sorting in hardware and lighting, to lifting and moving heavy items in the lumber yard, data entry and receipt organization in the admin office, to material preparation and tool maintenance in the education shop, I find myself having to conclude that in some ways, yes, I think we really do run on the generosity of our volunteer help! Our volunteers, whether they’re aware of it or not, provide a special service that really does bolster the greater life of our operation.


Now, I may be biased (as one who spends half their time in the Education Shop!), but Marci Edwards, a regular (weekly) volunteer in the shop, and occasional teaching assistant on the weekends, has been one of the most helpful volunteers we’ve had in the two-and-a-half years that our department has been around. From the beginning, Marci made it clear that she was looking grow as a woodworker, and that otherwise she was happy to help however. Marci was a quick study. Before long she was safely and expertly ripping plywood on the saws, maintenancing our planers, and putting together brand new table saws! On top of that, she was always one of the first people to welcome new volunteers into our space and show them the ropes.

We’re going to miss Marci’s calm, caring demeanor and carpentry expertise in our shop. We wish her well in this next chapter and hope to see her again later in the year! She was kind enough to sit down with me for a brief interview about her time with us. Please enjoy!


Q: Marci, how long have you been volunteering with us at the Rebuilding Center?

A: I think it was November 2018 when I started volunteering, but I actually got started here as a student.

Q: Oh really? What the first class you took with us?

A: I took the Hopping Toys class back in September, but then when I found out about some of your more carpentry-heavy classes, I got myself signed up for those. I took the Rough-to-Finished Lumber class, and then the Tablesaw Bootcamp class after that. I knew I really needed to learn the tools from those classes.

Q: So before volunteering with us, what were one or two things you were hoping to gain from your experience at RBC?

A: Safety training and comfortability with using large tools, like the table saw! Then I wanted to learn how to take a deeper dive in rabbets and dados and basic joinery techniques. Which then led me to routers! I feel comfortable and confident enough (since I took routers class as well!).

Q: While here, what has been a unique tool or technique that you’ve learned to work with that you didn’t expect to?

A: Using the circle jig on the bandsaw (for a plant stand), and being able to see a cross-cut sled work [on the table saw]. Also, getting to receive positive feedback from some female students about how I was a resource to them was really fun. It was pleasantly surprising.

Q: What’s been your favorite part about your time here?

A: Getting to build the porch step for a tiny home for the Kenton Women’s Village with another volunteer; getting to see it start from beginning to end, making mistakes and getting to learn from them. That was very rewarding.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about RBC as a whole?

A: It has an amazing staff that is caring, competent, helpful, people-oriented. The staff here in the shop are wonderful as well!

Q: Are you sad to be leaving us for a little while?

A: I am. I've really enjoyed my time in the shop. It's a nice place to go and use the other side of my brain. It's a special treat to get to come in and get to work with wood.

Fun in the Sun: Summer Event Preview

Mark your calendars - summer is just around the corner and there are many community events to look forward to attending along with the ReBuilding Center! Here’s a preview:


Good in the Hood Parade
Saturday, June 22nd
11:00AM - 1:00PM

The Good in the Hood Music & Food Festival is the largest multi-cultural festival in the region! Join us for the community parade that travels through Northeast Portland and ends at Lillis-Albina Park. Year after year, this is a can’t-miss event!


Mississippi Street Fair
Saturday, July 13th
10:00AM - 9:00PM

The Mississippi Street Fair is a community event focused on local products, artists, crafts, and foods. It is a celebration of the neighborhood and businesses surrounding Mississippi Avenue. Make sure to come take a stroll down the street and stop by our Warehouse to say hi!


Fourth Annual Day of Service
Saturday, August 24th

For the fourth year in a row, we will be joining the African American Alliance for Homeownership to offer minor repairs to homeowners in our neighborhood. These services are provided to neighbors who are at risk of being displaced from their homes due to their need for repairs. Stay tuned for more information on how to get involved!

Spring into Creative Reuse

The sun is out and the weather is perfect for springtime projects!

Every week we re-post a creative reuse project on our Instagram to spread reuse inspiration. From benches to planter boxes, we love seeing every project completed with materials that once found their way through the ReBuilding Center. Check out this compilation of projects recently shared with us - maybe they’ll even find their way to your project list!

Have you completed any projects using ReBuilding Center materials?
Send some photos our way to!

Today's Finds: May 2019

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Six Sides to Every Story

“Building community through reuse” is a phrase that is used often at the ReBuilding Center. At any time, it has a variety of different meanings, from expanding our class offerings to donating materials to other local nonprofits. Most recently, “building community through reuse” meant hosting six groups to build a bench for the Boise Eliot Native Grove that represents the engagement of women in trades, the LGBTQ community, underserved youth, the houseless, and in-recovery community.

Q Center Community Members Building

Q Center Community Members Building

Over the past few months, community members of Self Enhancement, Inc., Q Center, 4th Dimension, Portland Youth Builders, Hazelnut Grove Houseless Village, and Oregon Tradeswomen spent time learning and building in the ReBuilding Center shop. Lead Instructor, Sam Serling-Sutton, designed the frame of a hexagonal bench and facilitated the groups over multiple sessions in the shop. Like many of our Education Program students, this experience allowed for those who have not spent much time in a wood shop to learn in an inclusive and fun environment.

Each of the six groups was taught how to use a variety of carpentry tools in order to build out the hexagonal frame and finish each bench section to represent their communities. The groups gleaned reclaimed materials from our Store to complete each unique side of the bench—from knobs to cabinet doors to desktops. The bench exudes creativity and is an inspiring example of the collective power of people and existing resources to build community through reuse.

Unpresidented Brass Band Playing at the Earth Day Work Party

Unpresidented Brass Band Playing at the Earth Day Work Party

In collaboration with the Boise Eliot Native Grove, the bench was installed around an oak sapling during an Earth Day celebration and work party on Saturday, April 20. Located near the corner of North Ivy Street and North Gantenbein Avenue, the Boise Eliot Native Grove is an ever-transforming slice of nature in the middle of our city. Make sure to visit the Grove and enjoy the bench for yourself!

From the first build days to installation, we enjoyed every step of the way. A huge thank you to all six community groups and to Boise Eliot Native Grove for making this community-building project a reality!

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This project was sponsored by Columbia Bank.

Today's Finds: April 2019

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A Part of the Family

Volunteers are essential to the ReBuilding Center’s operation and mission. Just last year, we had over 2,250 people donate their time with us at least one time! We strive to treat every volunteer as part of the family, no matter how many hours are spent with us.

TJ and Ella Rose at the ReBuilding Center’s 2018 Day of Service

TJ and Ella Rose at the ReBuilding Center’s 2018 Day of Service

Like many ReBuilding Center volunteers, TJ was first a regular customer at the ReBuilding Center Store. After building a rapport with the staff, he started helping out where needed in 2012 and has been around ever since. For TJ, the ReBuilding Center feels like a home away from home and for the ReBuilding Center staff, TJ feels like a part of the family.

TJ recently discussed with us his love for learning new skills and the ability to do that at the ReBuilding Center. “If I consider myself skillful in (or knowledgeable about) anything, it's because I was able to glean the knowledge or expertise from a volunteer or staff member I happen to be working with on a project. I have picked up real in-depth knowledge from staff members on everything from wood staining/finishing, framing houses, moving large equipment and machinery, to time management strategies, as well as conflict resolution skills.”

Retractable Ladder Project

Retractable Ladder Project

Our staff feels the same way. TJ has been an incredible resource for process improvements and a pillar of knowledge in many arenas, such as metalwork. “What a gem. Where to start?” mentioned Aaron Green, Education Program Coordinator, about his experience working with TJ. “Most recently, the retractable ladder broke that we use daily to go between the Education Shop and the alley. Within a week, TJ re-welded the leg, making it far stronger, and added rubber “feet” to brace the impact of the ladder against the wall. It is way safer to use now than it ever has been in the past.”

There are countless more projects that TJ has helped with at the ReBuilding Center - from constructing beautiful kiosks to participating in our annual Day of Service. At the end of the day, the we are honored to be able to work among such wonderful members of our community.


If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering at the ReBuilding Center, go here.

P.S. Check out this Volunteer Spotlight video from 2016!

Reclaiming Materials, Reclaiming Dignity

How can some old salvaged lumber and a little friendly competition help address the houseless crisis? The Reclaimed Pod (“RePod”) entry in the Kenton Women’s Village Pod Build Challenge is an example of just that.

The Pod Build Challenge involves 20 groups representing the construction and deconstruction community. These “competitors” are making a direct and immediate impact on Portland’s housing crisis by donating time and materials to build a sleeping pod for the newly relocated Kenton Women’s Village. (A pod is a tiny home that includes enough space for one individual to sleep and store personal belongings, power and radiant heat, and a locking door.)

The Kenton Women’s Village (KWV) is a community of female-identifying residents who are living temporarily in sleeping pods, with access to a fully operational kitchen and shower facilities. It is a collaborative project that addresses houselessness at a small, but replicable and impactful scale. Through Catholic Charities, the women at KWV receive access to comprehensive services. Since opening in 2017, 20 women that have stayed in the village have moved into permanent housing.

Our challenge entry, the “RePod,” is unique in that it represents the local reuse community. In partnership with Metro and the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the RePod is built with salvaged materials from the ReBuilding Center and interior reclaimed, hand-made furnishings from Crackedpots. The majority of the reclaimed lumber was salvaged from deconstructed homes in Portland, and will continue to live a meaningful life instead of ending up in the landfill. Salvage Works, Reclaim NW, Parr Lumber, and MetroPaint helped round out the required materials. Christopher Barth donated his electrician skills, and R&H Construction provided a build space and pod transportation.

The Pop Out design used for the RePod. This pod was designed by students at Portland State University’s School of Architecture and Center for Public Interest Design.


Said Shawn Wood, dedicated RePod project manager and BPS Construction Waste Specialist, “I thank everyone for their collective efforts. This project was more challenging than any of us expected when we signed up, and the team really pushed to create an amazing pod that we hope will feel like home for the future resident and will showcase what can be done with salvaged material. It’s looking pretty sweet!”

Kelly Stevens of the ReBuilding Center added, “It’s been inspiring to see Portland BPS, Metro, and two reuse nonprofits come together for this labor of love—from ReBuilding Center volunteers and staff drivers, deconstructionists, and class instructors, to the project leads themselves and their family members who helped. We all want to make sure that people and materials—specifically those usually perceived as liabilities and cast off by society—are instead seen as vital community assets. We hope that goal shines through the RePod.”

See the photos highlighting the RePod build, from material drop-off to build-out. The final touches will be completed soon, but the RePod team isn’t revealing them yet! To see the final pods from all the teams in the Challenge, join the unveiling celebration on Friday, April 5, from 1:00PM to 2:00PM. There will be speakers and award announcements at Kenton Women’s Village, 2420 North Columbia Boulevard.

Update: We have marked the completion of the Kenton Women's Village PodBuild Challenge! Alongside the Bureau of Planning and SustainabilityCracked Pots, and Metro, we built the pod with over 90% reclaimed materials and to top it off, our "RePod" received an award for best reuse of innovative material! We are honored to have been involved in this project that supports important community work. A huge thank you to everyone who had a hand in the PodBuild Challenge.

Today's Finds: March 2019

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The Art of Reclaimed Materials


My parents had an antique store up the street on Killingsworth and Michigan for over twenty years. When I came back to Portland in 2000, after living in Chicago for a while, I worked at their store helping fix furniture. I was at the ReBuilding Center all the time for materials, you know, getting in the way and bothering everyone. After the antique store closed in 2007, I started looking for work. I had gotten to know many people at the ReBuilding Center—Tom, Shane, Ella Rose, Angel. They were looking for another Salvage Specialist and encouraged me to apply. Eventually I did. There was an interview, and I started working just a few days later.

I knew how the ReBuilding Center worked. I had the knowledge and carpentry skills. I fit the bill. For many years, I worked as a Salvage Specialist. I always enjoyed being out front the most. Working with the public has always been enjoyable to me. We didn’t have much of a volunteer department back then, but we started to work with groups to de-nail in the empty lot over behind Grand Central. I was asked to assist at the site, and eventually the job stuck. Our temp sites moved all over, but I stayed the Volunteer Site Supervisor for four or five years. When I wasn’t busy working with volunteer groups, I would work in the store. It took a while, but eventually I found a good balance between the two.

Bookends built by Pete

Bookends built by Pete

I was kind of already doing process improvements at that time, but it was never structured until recently. By thinking things out more, it enables us to make everyone’s experience better. Being involved with all the different projects over time has been really enjoyable. I don’t want the easy way out—I like details. It doesn’t have to be spectacular, but if you put some time and creativity into a project, people will appreciate it. Any of the materials we get can fit what you are doing. It’s all about how you put it to use. There’s an art aspect to it, and I truly enjoy that. For someone like me, working at the ReBuilding Center is just perfect. The work we do gives me a sense of accomplishment when I get home.

Being a native Portlander, I’ve seen the city transform. It isn’t just me being old and stubborn—things have really changed. There are the Mississippi Avenue issues, the increased cost of living, and all that. There’s a limit to growth, but I’m not sure what that looks like for us. I think if we stick to it, we can stay where we are. Where else is there to go? My advice to the ReBuilding Center is to take everything with a grain of salt—things aren’t personal. So many different people come in and out and they’re all different. There will always be challenges, but I try to take things day by day and not to carry any bad along with me. This can be hard to maintain, but in order to keep doing what we do, we have to work on being a continued example of how to be respectful and community centered.

When thinking of the future of the ReBuilding Center, I am really excited about our education efforts. There are always people that come here who work on homes or flip houses, but it is also about involving those that aren’t already plugged in to that type of work. It is part of our job in the store to not only point to where the materials are, but also to have conversations about the materials and projects—to teach and advise when we can. That is why I am so excited about the Education Program. There are so many opportunities available. I realize it takes time for things to grow, but the education team has done a great job so far.

People can limit themselves in what they see, but our efforts can help people see a piece of wood, or whatever it is, differently. My goal is to make our community excited about reclaimed materials in a way that haven’t been before. We may stress about this and that, but our mission is continuing—we are doing what we are here to do.


Spring Repair Cafe

Save the date - we’re hosting Repair PDX for a spring Repair Cafe!

When: Wednesday, April 24th 6-8PM

Where: ReBuilding Center Education Shop

3625 N. Mississippi Avenue (enter through the red door in the red brick building, north of the store)

Each Repair Cafe is unique, based on the venue and the volunteers. At this Repair Cafe, volunteers will be fixing small appliances, mending garments, and repairing bikes. Additionally, there will be tool and knife sharpening. Please plan to limit what you sharpen to two items. Please fill out this form to let us know what you are bringing.

Want to learn more about what to expect at a Repair Cafe? Click here!

ReUse Spotlight: Piedmont Station Food Carts

An Phan, Manager of the Piedmont Station Food Carts, is a regular at the ReBuilding Center. He has a passion for DIY projects that sparked from doing building maintenance for years. Some of his most recent projects can be found at Piedmont Station Food Carts at 625 NE Killingsworth.

We saw reclaimed materials in every direction while An showed us around and expressed his love for each of the pieces. To An, a piece of rotted wood adds an element of texture and color that deserves to be showcased, not thrown away. Each project has its own story, whether it is an old bowling lane turned into a table or a pieces of rough-sawn fir cut into a bookshelf.

Check out some of An’s thoughtful projects below and get inspired to start your own creative reuse projects!

Welcoming Jackie Kirouac-Fram as New Executive Director

After a four-month search, led by a team of ReBuilding Center staff and board members, we are excited to announce Jaclyn Kirouac-Fram as our new Executive Director. Jackie follows the ReBuilding Center’s Acting Executive Director, Kelly Stevens, who will remain on staff, and Interim Executive Director, Alison Dennis, who left the organization in November to pursue a new challenge as Executive Director of the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Otis, Oregon.
2018 was a year of leadership transition for the ReBuilding Center, but we built on our strengths and continued to work on objectives set during strategic planning. The ReBuilding Center anticipates that Jackie will leverage these strengths to help our organization continue to make a material difference in the Portland community and beyond.
"We were very intentional in looking for candidates who had a history of collaborative leadership and whose values around sustainability and equity aligned with ours,” said Vio Rubiani, the ReBuilding Center Board Chair. “From the get-go, and throughout the process, Jackie's experience, empathy, and commitment to our mission and vision really shone through. We are very lucky to have her and are looking forward to working with her for many years to come."

Jackie is joining us following her role as Vice President at FOCUS St. Louis. FOCUS is a nonprofit whose mission is to educate future civic leaders through six civic leadership programs. Jackie brings her collaborative work style and experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, leading and developing relationships with diverse teams, building programs and partnerships, and turning strategic plans into action—not to mention a deep passion for strengthening communities! This unique blend of experience will help us continue our evolution/growth and increase our impact for the people, communities, and environment we serve.


From Jackie: "I'm excited to start working with the fantastic team at RBC to strengthen the social and environmental vitality of our community and amplify our voice as leaders in sustainability and community well-being. We are going to do great things together!"
Jackie will start her role of Executive Director in early March, getting to know Portland, the ReBuilding Center, our key partners, and you! Come on by and introduce yourself and help us give her a warm welcome.

Looking Back: 2018 Year in Review

ReBuilders accomplished so much in 2018! Below, you can see a snapshot of some of these accomplishments. From deconstructing over 30,000 square feet to teaching over 180 classes to selling materials to 54,000 members of the community, the ReBuilding Center is proud to be a part of the Portland reuse community. Thank you for your ongoing support, for being a part of the ReBuilding Center community, and for making a material difference! 

Today's Finds: February 2019

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