Dreaming Big, Giving Big
March 13, 2011
I’ve been meaning to share this with all of you for some time, and wasn’t quite sure how to say it. This project is a little different, but it is one that means a lot to me.
Whenever someone asks me where I see myself in five years, the first answer that I give is ‘fixing up spaces for those who really need it, not those who can afford it’. I feel in my heart that I want to spend part of my time giving back some of what’s been given to me. The mantra I have heard over and over in my head for months now is ‘there are real people with real needs who need real solutions.’ I talked it over with my hub, and we came to an agreement months ago that we were going to reach out into our own community and find somewhere to help.
We called the Committee on the Shelterless (or COTS) to offer our services, and as with all non-profits, they welcome all the help they can get. We gave them some information, and told them what we had to offer. They ran a background check, and a week later, we adopted a house. The Alma House.
Historically, the act of almsgiving is a material donation to the needy. ‘Alma’ in Spanish means ‘spirit’ or ‘soul’. The name of the street where our adopted house is located is Alma Drive. We deemed it a sign, and The Alma Project was born.
What is The Alma Project?
The Alma Project is the transformation of a fixer upper house into a comfortable functional home for women who desperately need it. Living inside the Alma House are three single mothers, previously homeless, who reside for free on the condition that they are learning skills, stabilizing their lives, attending counseling, and remain drug and alcohol free. These mothers are saving their money from their part time jobs and raising their children as best as they can. They have no time or money to fix up this house. They are real women with real needs who need real solutions.
This is our adopted Alma House.
We have a lot of plans in the works to help it become a harmonious and functional home. To start, we’d like to upgrade the entry to add storage for shoes, coats, school backpacks, etc.
The community living space is lacking real storage solutions, this wall has a lot of potential for greater practicality in the household.
The great room also needs a more functional design to serve both the adults and the six children.
The garage and laundry area is in desperate need of cabinets, a small folding station, and rows of shelving for storage for seasonal clothing, and overflow belongings.
The bedrooms also need help since the mothers are sharing the sleeping space with their two children, and some are even sleeping on the floor. If we can raise extra money, we will update the kitchen too, more pictures and updates to follow!
All of our time is donated, and even some of our income, plus I’m also actively seeking donations from local businesses to donate paint and supplies.
But this is where you come in ~ I need your help!
I have a huge list of needs including beds and mattresses and linens, cabinets, bookshelves, dressers, and storage containers, just to name a few. I also need to hire some carpenters and contractors to assist with a few construction related problems.
I truly hope you’ll help, even if it’s only a $5 dollar donation.
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If you wish to donate by check, please click here for the mailing address.
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We will be updating our progress throughout the year, and if we can finish The Alma Project, our goal and our big dream is to adopt one house just like this one each year. This is just the beginning!
Thanks for listening today, and thank you for your support in this new venture.
*Full accounting for all expenditures available to all sponsors on request at the end of the year.
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