The Alma Project – Year Two

March 4th, 2012

Hey everyone, hope you all had a fantastic weekend!  We did a lot of demo in the hall bathroom and reworked the cabinet vanity too, can’t wait to show you!  Now for my exciting announcement… it’s something so important to me and that’s the adoption of a second house for our Alma Project !!

Regular readers may recall how we adopted our first home last year and asI mentioned earlier this year, we really wanted to adopt a second home, in fact we want to adopt a new home every year. So we did!  This one is bigger than our first and has different problems, but we’re very excited to get started.

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I can’t think of any better way to bring new readers up to speed on this project than a quote from last year’s initial announcement that we were starting this charitable project, so here it is.

“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 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 first adopted house is located is Alma Drive. We deemed it a sign, and The Alma Project was born.

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 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.”

So friends, I’m excited to share with you the second house and projects we will be taking on this year.  We donate all of our time, but we raise the money to do these projects with help from readers, friends, and donations from home improvement stores.

Allow me to introduce you to our Alma House #2.

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It’s a four bedroom home that houses four families – 4 moms and up to 8 children under one roof.

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Homie Time

March 3rd, 2012

Well my friends I awoke this morning to very nice surprise, this ol’ blog has made it to the final round of The Homies as a nominee in not one but two categories, Best DIY Blog and Best Home Design blog.  Wow, I’m still trying to wrap my head around that!

It’s funny, I look in the mirror and see just a regular mom working on stuff in her garage or kitchen and writing about her love of home improvement and great design (it’s a pretty cool gig) and then this happens so I’d like to say thank you to each and every person who voted for me in both categories, it’s pretty thrilling.

 

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For those of you visiting for the first time, you’ll learn a little more about me and what I’ve been writing about for three years in the About page.  My hub and I have been doing a lot of home improvement over the years – we both have that “we can figure this out and get ‘er done” attitude which has brought us this far and we’re gonna keep on going!

If you’d like to browse around, you’ll find all of the projects in the Project Gallery and various articles on decorating and design are stored in the Style Files.

You have the entire week to vote (until March 9th) so hop over and check out all the finalists, there are some really great blogs to read and discover. Cast your vote for the Best DIY Blog right here, and Best Home Design Blog here. Vote today or anytime before March 9th at 3 p.m. EST.  Sign in to Apartment Therapy here first!

Stay tuned for a BIG announcement tomorrow – something I’m so excited  to share with you all, meanwhile, we’re getting out the plumbing tools and a sledgehammer to start on the hall bathroom remodel today (woot!) I hope to have more to share next week. 

Thanks again for all your support and have a fab weekend!

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