Rebuilding Together At COTS!

Saturday, June 24, 2017 was a special workday at Petaluma’s Mary Isaak Center, shelter for the homeless.  Wells Fargo Bank generously funded several major improvements and also supplied 55 employee volunteers who enthusiastically painted the 100 bed dormitory and all the restrooms. Many of the residents joined in and helped the day to be a smashing success.

Wells Fargo Volunteers (Photo Credit: RTP)

I  managed to capture some of their efforts in the photo gallery below.

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The team also included a special group of volunteers…

 

 

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Rebuilding Together Petaluma…Celebrates its 17th on the 17th!

Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) is celebrating it’s 17th year in Petaluma with a party and fundraiser on September 17th  (5:30-8:30pm) at Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma.

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Wells Fargo through its Hometown Hero program is the lead sponsor for the fundraiser and for RTP’s October workday on October 19th. They will be sponsoring multiple projects in October and providing employee volunteers in their money for muscles program. Recently, representatives from Wells Fargo presented RTP with a check in support of the fundraiser and the upcoming October workday…

Left to Right: Uriel Medina, Wells Fargo; Jane Hamilton, RTP; and Jason Henderson,  Wells Fargo

Left to Right: Uriel Medina, Wells Fargo; Jane Hamilton, RTP; and Jason Henderson, Wells Fargo

In addition, several other  businesses have stepped up to the plate with donations in support of RTP’s fundraising effort:

  • Ghilotti Neighborhood Champion
  • Friedman Home Improvement Neighborhood Champion
  • Clover Neighborhood Champion
  • Devcon Home Saver

Tickets for the fundraiser are $25 which includes 1 free beer or wine, a paella dinner with salad by Bro’s BBQ, live music by D’bunchovus.

According to Jane Hamilton of RTP: “We will be auctioning off some great items and anyone donating over $150 at the event will receive a very cool disaster preparedness kit which includes an Eton hand turbine radio (you’re gonna want this one! Come celebrate RTP’s 17th year of putting hundreds of generous volunteers to work repairing homes for low-income homeowners and veterans in Petaluma. Let’s create safe and healthy homes for everyone in our community!”

It is important to point out that you do not have to be a skilled trades person to attend the event or to be a volunteer for RTP.  There are many  important volunteer workday tasks that merely require willing workers.

Tickets may be purchased at RTP’s office at 402 Petaluma Blvd North, or by clicking on this link to purchase online.

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REDUX–First Your Home…Now Your Pension?

My article of September 21, 2010 regarding pension overpayment recoveries produced several e-mail responses and inquiries, particularly concerning the 76 year old female Alzheimer’s patient who had been receiving a pension for 11 years.

I can now provide a few additional facts.

The pension in question started with a 1999 letter from the employer’s pension administrator that opened with, “This will confirm that you are entitled to receive a vested accrued benefit under the…Plan in the amount of $… per month…for your lifetime.” Then, as I reported previously, on September 17th of this year, she received a letter from the bank currently administering the pension advising that she had been overpaid and they were asking her to repay $42,814.42.

The bank in question is Wells Fargo. To be precise, the letter came from Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust in Minneapolis, MN. Wells Fargo recently took over administration of the pension after acquiring Wachovia. The underlying pension is an employer plan subject to the rules and regulations of  ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act).

The pensioner’s 81-year-old husband, as Power of Attorney, has filed an appeal of the decision in accordance with ERISA.  In addition, he has contacted an attorney familiar with this area of the law.

I also became aware of an advocacy group for pension rights and I am including a portion of a recent e-mail from that organization:

“Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.  As you may have seen in the Wall Street Journal article you mentioned in your blog, we work in conjunction with several legal assistance projects across the country.  The lead attorney for the Western States Pension Assistance Project was also quoted in that article.  This project, with funding from the U.S. Administration on Aging (AOA), provides free pension assistance to individuals who live in California (among several other states).”

Pension Rights Center in Washington, DC (www.pensionrights.org).

That’s all for now. I will keep you up to date as circumstances warrant.