Brush With Kindness Assists Low-Income Homeowners

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Editor:

I recently volunteered for the Payson Area Habitat for Humanity in support of their annual benefit golf tournament held at Chaparral Pines. This was my first exposure to Habitat for Humanity and the amazing work it accomplishes.

The event was a great success due to the leadership of Fred Badger, president of the board of directors, the PAHH Board of Directors, the PAHH staff led by Jennifer Baltz, a bevy of volunteers, and the generous donations from many local and area residents. The thorough planning, organization and implementation was impressive.

What a pleasant surprise to find an organization with the clearly stated goal: “to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the face of the earth by building adequate and basic housing.”

How many times have you observed homes in great disrepair, seen a family living in squalor, watched as a neighbor faced foreclosure, or watched their needed house repairs grow to a level that they cannot handle, either with funds or skill, and wondered how you can help them?

PAHH has a new solution. A recently unveiled “neighborhood revitalization program” — A Brush with Kindness — expands PAHH’s capacity to help those needing a safe and decent place to live. This includes exterior painting, landscaping, minor repair services, and critical home repairs to alleviate health, life, and safety/code issues. These services are sold at a greatly reduced price to low-income homeowners, but volunteers are also needed to help with the work. Habitat for Humanity’s basic tenets of eligibility must be shown. For example: a demonstrated need, willingness to partner and the ability to pay a part of the expense.

Family selection is the first step in the process for those that could benefit from A Brush with Kindness. Please provide assistance by directing families or individuals, in need of help to Habitat for Humanity at (928) 474-0330. Their needs will be assessed and the selection process will begin.

Habitat for Humanity pledges, “all of their words and actions are for the ultimate purpose of putting shelter on the hearts and minds of people in such a powerful way that poverty housing and homelessness become socially, politically and religiously unacceptable in our nation.”

Let’s help PAHH meet these goals. First, volunteers and donations are urgently needed. Household item donations and purchases from the ReStore site, located at the southeast corner of Highways 87 and 260, all add to the funds PAHH uses to provide shelter for those in need. The store is open from Tuesday through Saturday every week. Please stop by and ask how you can help. Together, we can improve lives for many of our neighbors.

My commitment to PAHH as a volunteer has taken a big step. They have invited me to join the board of directors and to help in any capacity needed. I’m in! Can we count on you?

Kathie Calcidise

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