This year, Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP will once again participate in a project with Rebuilding Together Oakland, a non-profit organization that refurbishes homes for the elderly and disabled. 


In recognition of Wendel Rosen's 100 year anniversary, we have recruited more than 100 people to help us out during this multi-day project. As an employee, client, friend and/or family member, we invite you to join us for some portion of our Saturday volunteer work days, April 18 and April 25, 2009.

The Clausen House
This year's project is Clausen House, a home for developmentally disabled adults in Oakland.  Now in its fifth decade, Clausen House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides programs and services for 180 adults with developmental disabilities in Oakland and the surrounding Bay area. Visit the Clausen House Web site for more information.



Clausen House

The Work

  • The Clausen House project is focused on the outdoor living space.  Over time the space has become overgrown.  Concrete walkways have become tripping hazards. 
  • The project design, which was done by landscape architect Richard Larson, emphasizes the creation of a large flat, multi-purpose area for activities, as well as a planting area, where residents will be able to tend a vegetable and flower garden.
  • Preparation for work on the new space includes extensive removal of overgrowth that has taken over the property, including trees, shrubs and ivy. 
  • In addition, volunteers are removing stumps, an existing chain link fence and concrete paving that has seen better days.
  • Once the space is cleared, the project includes installation of a raised planter, a section of retaining wall and a large area of concrete paving, which will be provided by McGuire & Hester. 
  • In addition, a dumpster baffle with concrete pad and footings will be donated by Masonry Services Inc. 

Volunteer Information
If you are interested in participating or signing up a group, please contact Mary Parenti at (510) 834-6600 or Volunteers must be 14 years or older. If under 18, they must be accompanied by an adult. Additional information regarding logistics will be provided to those who are interested.

Special Thanks
Several companies have generously donated their time and services to the Clausen House Project. We would like to give a special thanks to:



McGuire & Hester
will bring equipment, materials
and personnel for grading and
concrete work.

Aegis Realty Partners
employees will participate in
the work days


The Professional Tree Care Company
will help with tree work.


 Whole Food Market
will be the lunch sponsor.

Richard Larson

has donated his landscape architecture expertise.

Masonry Services Inc. (of Pleasanton) 

will contribute to the construction
of the garbage enclosure. 


Wendel Rosen and Rebuilding Together Oakland
Since 2005, Wendel Rosen has pooled their skills to help restore housing through the Rebuilding Oakland Together (RTO) Program. Team members worked on projects including exterior painting, yard clean-up and fence repair. For every dollar that RTO spends, volunteers perform at least three dollars worth of work in Oakland. For more information about the organization, visit the Rebuilding Together Oakland Web site.

Wendel Rosen Working on RTO Projects



Cutting wood for a porch.


Removing pieces of an old shed.

Replacing a shed with a new patio.


Removing an old fence.



Building a new fence.



Painting the house.