Members of “A Brush with Kindness,” a sub-group of Habitat for Humanity, have officially completed their first project.
The group took on painting and minor repairs at the home of 91-year-old resident Ignacia Farias.
“It was very rewarding to see the smile on Mrs. Farias’ face when we were all done,” said volunteer Monica Fox.
Despite several interruptions caused by rainy weekends, Farias’ home is now easy to spot on Minneapolis Street with a bright white coat of paint and blue trim on the windows and doors.
When asked what she thought of the face-lift, Farias said, “It’s pretty.”
Her niece picked the new colors for her and her family provided a helping hand with the work.
Four weekends worth of labor went into making the home look the way it does today. Scraping, priming, painting and minor repairs were completed.
Each project that A Brush with Kindness completes does have a materials cost that is passed on to the family, but the group makes it affordable.
Part of the cost can be covered by “sweat equity” that the recipient of the project puts in. In the case of Farias, two of her grandchildren put in the “sweat equity” for her.
Trace Morrill, A Brush with Kindness Committee member, explained that the “sweat equity” can equal up to half the cost of the project. The remainder of the cost is paid off in a three-year, no interest payment plan.
With one project under the group’s belt, the Habitat members are ready to do others. Morrill said the committee is currently in the process of reviewing applications for the next project. Morrill anticipates mid-June for a start date.
“You know, this is such a great community, and every time we lend a hand to someone in our community, we make it stronger,” Morrill said.
“With A Brush for Kindness, we want to create a realizable opportunity for people,” he said. “This can affect more people in a shorter time frame.”
He said the program has been “very successful” in larger areas.
No program can reach success without a group of dedicated volunteers.
“Our volunteers were simply great,” Morrill said. “In rain and shine, they showed up ready to work and they did! On behalf of Bee County Habitat for Humanity, Father Clayton Elder and the committee that steered this first project (the Family Selection Committee), I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who lent a hand.”
Those interested in volunteering to help with the second project can call 358-3100.
Christina Rowland is the regional editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 119, or at regional@mySouTex.com.