Woman Encounters Brush With Kindness

The back yard after the improvements.

The back yard after the improvements.

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Colleen Nichol

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PAHH volunteers showed up on weekends to complete the various home improvement projects. The back yard before.

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The back yard after the improvements.

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity (PAHH) has launched a new program to help struggling homeowners fix up their existing homes.

The PAHH board of directors launched the Brush With Kindness (BWK) program at its February meeting with a very limited budget. However, the community has responded.

On March 20, the first Arizona Gives Day prompted a $525 donation to Habitat from Transition Town of Payson, plus help from Ace Hardware of Pinetop/Lakeside, a donation of $10,000 worth of paint from Payson Paint and Supply and many other local supporters of the BWK program.

A Payson homeowner applied for help and work began on May 4.

Homeowner Colleen Nichol had the first fresh coat of paint on her home in 18 years. Due to circumstances beyond her control, Colleen couldn’t keep up with the maintenance until Brush With Kindness offered to help.

PAHH’s new executive director, Cindy Kofile said, “We are so very grateful for the help of the volunteers that showed up each weekend. Without their help the project could never have been completed, bringing a ray of sunshine and joy into one of our own neighbor’s lives!”

It is important to restate that the reason it is called Payson Area Habitat for Humanity is that every dollar collected for their projects remains, and services residences, within the Payson area.

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The side yard before.

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The side yard after.

PAHH wants to expand its Brush With Kindness program. Level 1 focuses on exterior home repair. PAHH asks homeowners to partner with a small donation and at least eight hours of volunteer time.

In addition, PAHH is creating a veterans preference program.

A few years ago, PAHH built a block of 14 homes on Longhorn and opened its ReStore thrift shop. PAHH has built an additional 13 single-family residences as stand-alone projects throughout the community over the past 18 years.

According to Kofile, PAHH has a renewed focus on its mission, “Promises made, promises kept.”

To apply for assistance or volunteer to help, contact PAHH at (928) 474-0330.

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