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The Finishing Touches to Project Color 2010 by MB Jessee Painting

The Finishing Touches to Project Color 2010 by MB Jessee Painting
The Finishing Touches to Project Color 2010 by MB Jessee Painting
The Finishing Touches to Project Color 2010 by MB Jessee Painting
The Finishing Touches to Project Color 2010 by MB Jessee Painting

The early morning chill was still in the air when the white vans pulled up and lined the block outside the Tenderloin Childcare Center on Leavenworth Street in San Francisco this past Saturday. Nearly twenty people clad in painter’s whites spilled out onto the sidewalk and quickly began unrolling tarps, carrying five gallon buckets of paint, and climbing up scaffolding. MB Jessee Inc, an East Bay painting company, chose the Center as the 2010 recipient of their annual charity event, Project Color. For Project Color every employee at MB Jessee donates their time and skills for one day to a worthy Bay Area nonprofit in an effort to give back to the community. Benjamin Moore, Mark’s Paint Mart Oakland, and interior designer Toni Berry are also on aboard this ambitious yearly charity endeavor. In this grim neighborhood, the Center offers a safe haven to learn and grow for the many young children who call the Tenderloin home. MB Jessee chose the Center to receive the $10000 exterior makeover this year because, as foreman Ricardo de Jesus said, “It’s all about the kids!”

The industrious activities of the MB Jessee volunteers did not go unnoticed in the neighborhood. Person after person stopped to peer up at the building and comment on the transformation underway. In an area of the city that is well known for its crime and drugs, everyone still seemed to know and respect that the Center is a place for kids. When told that the makeover was a gift to the Center and its kids and families, one passerby was so delighted he wanted to shake the hand of every MB Jessee volunteer. As the bright new purple, gold and green colors went up excited children could be heard shouting “Ooooh look! That’s my school! “as they walked by and waved up at the painters.

By two thirty in the afternoon it was all over. The painters eyed the walls, columns and windows, searching for any last bit of touch up that might be required. Then the tarps were re-rolled, the paint cans topped and labeled, and the trucks packed up. The volunteers were tired and dirty but clearly proud of their efforts as the smiled for photos and high-fived one another. Standing back to admire the transformation with Tenderloin Childcare Center staff, Matt Jessee, the company president, could be overhead thanking the volunteers for their efforts. A hard day of work for the MB Jessee volunteers but as Center staffer Amy Coleman put it “what a joy for each of the families when they arrive each day”!

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Customer Reviews

“I had my wooden kitchen cabinets painted white. Anabal and Danielle were doing the job. I have nothing but praise for them. They came on time, cleaned up every day, were respective, friendly and helpful. If the rest of Jessee's crew are as great as Anabal and Danielle, this company will go far.”

— Anni S.
Oakland, CA

“MB Jessee just finished our exterior and we couldn't be happier with our experience. The foreman (Pedro) and lead painter (Ricardo) were incredible to work with: they communicated scheduling clearly, Ricardo was a joy to be around every day, the showed up early every day, were incredibly tidy and did great paint work. The final walkthrough experience was incredible. Pedro pointed out items I missed demonstrating a clear desire to complete another quality project. I highly recommend them. As others have noted they definitely aren't the cheapest but you quickly realize that you're getting what you pay for. The 3-year guarantee is also a nice touch since there are likely touch-up items that will show up after the job is done.”

— Joshua J.
Oakland, CA

“It was a great experience working with MB Jessee. The crew was careful and thorough as they painted the house, sealed stucco cracks, repaired dry-rotted wood, stained the deck, etc. Robert, Gersson, Jose, and all of the people involved in the process from the estimate to the job completion were friendly and professional.”

— Mike C.
Livermore, CA

“I can't say enough about how courteous and professional my foreman was. He was on time every morning and arrived cheerful and ready to go. He is highly organized and very thoughtful. He was extremely careful and respectful when moving my belongings - a mature professional.”

— Nora Robinson

“Our paint crew did a great job and the foreman, Gersson was exceptionally great to work with. He was always available to answer questions, good at problem-solving, very patient, kind, and highly professional with great customer service. We definitely recommend this company, and Gersson and his crew.”

— Andrea Y.
Berkeley, CA

“Julie,Just to let you know I am very appreciative of your crew catching the plumbing/mold problem. It was very astute of them. I wanted to let you know that again your crew has done excellent work here, please pass this along to Mr. Jessee. There are some bumps in the road here, but the painting and your crew has not been one of them. Their work is the only thing going right currently, and this crew is very nice and respectful. It is much appreciated. Thank you again.”

— Beth
Oakland

“Charles finished yesterday and did a fantastic job. We really enjoyed meeting Charles and having him in our home. He is a great guy in addition to his attention to detail in his work, the protection of our floors, walls and furnishings, and his overall interaction with us both. I would be pleased to recommend him to any of my clients.”

— Ken Morrison
Oakland

“Hello Matt,Just another notice of thanks to your wonderful crew, Rigoberto, Javier and John. They did fantastic work, with Rigo providing meticulous and conscientious attention to the details and excellent woodwork finishing, as evidenced by the beautiful fireplace. Javier did a fantastic job in the bathroom especially, it looks "brand new," and John always does quality work, both with the interior and exterior. I can tell they care about what they do. Rigo's "punch out" was very thorough, too. I will call again when I need some more work and will definitely recommend your company and fine crew. I also felt as a homeowner, I could leave my house in their good hands during the day and that took a lot of worry from me, they were honest, prompt and reliable. They were also very kind, respectful and clean in their work, very professional. Thank you.”

— Beth Marx & Melissa Kirsch
Oakland

“Awesome work by highly experienced, professional painters. They were: Conscious about the amount of time it would take. Ours had a lot of pre-work and took 3 weeks. Accommodating when we added a few last-minute changes Understanding when a heatwave hit and we remove some of the plastic sheeting over windows, which they had to put back up the next day. Accessible, especially the on-site crew (Hi Jose & Victor!) -- always answering questions and checking in. The end result is a perfect paint job that makes our 94-year-old house look brand new. I would definitely hire MBJ again”

— Stacey R.
Oakland, CA

“MB Jessee painters are stellar! As a designer I've worked with numerous companies over the years, and MB Jessee is a top-notch firm. From the first phone call to the final clean up, every person is courteous, professional, and hard working. The owner, Matt, is a charitable leader who has instilled his team with integrity and honesty providing the customer with a first class experience at a fair price with a paint job that is guaranteed to last. I highly recommend MB Jessee. Thank you Matt and your STAR crew-Daniel, Rigoberto, Vicente, Edy, Pedro, and Mario, for a job well executed! Cynthia Brian, ASID, Starstyle® Productions, llc”

— Cynthia Brian
Morgan, CA

“Julie, by the way, I have never been so impressed with the service of a painting job before! It was like magical elves came and painted our walls without us having to do a thing! It looks amazing and just wanted to let you know how happy we are. Thanks”

— Anja
Piedmont

“I loved working with M.B. Jessee from start to finish on a relatively small paint job that grew a bit. I felt in very good hands from the moment Matt Jessee came out to give me the estimate and talk about my job. He was very easy to talk to and he handled my changes very well. Then the actual work done by Rigoberto and Mario was impeccable. They were neat and meticulous and the paint job looks beautiful. I could not have asked for more and when I did, they accommodated me 100%. I will not hesitate to call M.B. Jessee again and to refer them to friends.”

— Nancy Kurkjian