More than 700 volunteers didn’t let the inclement weather prevent them from helping residents in the Crutchfield neighborhood this past weekend. As part of Tulsa Habitat for Humanity’s first A Brush with Kindness project, volunteers worked side by side with homeowners on select homes to tackle projects like exterior painting, landscaping, yard clean-up, accessibility ramp builds, and more. Other volunteers worked in the neighborhood clearing brush and debris from alleys, tree trimming and general clean up.
Words can’t describe how thankful Patty Robinson is for the painting, window sill replacement and cleanup volunteers did at her home in Crutchfield where she has lived since 1990. She says her faith has been renewed in fellow humans.
“This shows there are good people out there that are willing to help others,” said Patty. “I had a great crew helping at my house.”
Volunteers from Crutchfield truly made this a neighbors helping neighbors initiative. Armando Deleon who lives in Crutchfield volunteered and helped with painting, clearing debris and putting up fencing.
“I’ve seen a lot of change since I’ve lived here and I think Habitat getting involved will make it even better,” said Armando. “This is good for the community and I hope it encourages others to continue the good work that happened here this weekend.”
A Brush with Kindness is a partnership between Tulsa Habitat for Humanity, the City of Tulsa, the Crutchfield Neighborhood Association and Hilti to help low-income homeowners who are challenged by age, disability, or circumstance, to maintain the exterior of their homes.
“What a great project! Tulsa Habitat for Humanity cannot thank Hilti enough for taking the lead on A Brush With Kindness. The volunteers that came out to help in the cold and rain made it happen,” said Paul Kent, executive director, Tulsa Habitat. “And a big thanks for the City of Tulsa departments that helped. They were all incredible as they worked all four days. We look forward to working with our Crutchfield neighbors over the next two years.”
This project would not have been possible without the support of these companies: ABC Equipment Rental, Action Audio Video, Inc., Budget Box Mobile Storage Containers, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, DoubleTree by Hilton Tulsa Downtown, First Baptist Church, Go Fresh, Hi Corp, Inc., Manhattan Construction, OSU-Tulsa, PepsiCo, Quik Print of Tulsa, Sam’s Club Mingo Road, Sam’s Club Sheridan Road, Sam’s Club Tulsa Hills, United Rentals, United Stationers Charitable Foundation-Tulsa Council, Warren Caterpillar and We Be Trees.
About the Crutchfield Neighborhood
One of the City of Tulsa’s most-established neighborhoods, the Crutchfield Neighborhood was initially platted in the early 1900s. The number of homes grew in the area due to its location to manufacturing jobs, allowing homeowners to easily walk to and from work. Today, around 2,000 Tulsans proudly call Crutchfield home.
About Tulsa Habitat for Humanity
Tulsa Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical, non-profit Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing while building decent, affordable housing in partnership with those in need in Tulsa County. Tulsa Habitat and its families and house sponsors have built homes with over 280 families. Over 125 faith-based groups, companies, foundations and individuals have financially sponsored and helped build these homes. THFH has launched a 48-month campaign to help another 100 families build and buy their homes by 2013. Dr. Paul Kent serves as Executive Director. For more info, visit www.tulsahabitat.org.
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