For Cal State Long Beach’s Mary Anne Rose, organizing home demolitions is just part of a day at the office.
Rose, director of graduate studies in the College of Education, works as president of the Board of Directors for Rebuilding Together Long Beach (RTLB). Through RTLB, community volunteers rebuild homes for low-income families, the elderly and those with disabilities, according to Teresa Griffith, vice president of RTLB.
In her position as president of the Board of Directors, Rose oversees the workday events and annual budget of the organization, alongside her responsibility at CSULB.
“For me it comes very easily to balance my time, because I love both,” she said.
Since Rose became president in 2010, the number of homes repaired annually has more than doubled. Under Rose’s leadership, RTLB has also established the Community Stabilization Program, which allows the organization to purchase bank-owned home to rehabilitate and then sell to low-income individuals, Griffith said.