Shelter gets a face-lift
In joint effort, business, church repair safe house
The house that gives love was in need of a little love.
A Grand Junction home used for emergency shelter for families got some needed attention Thursday, thanks to a partnership between Grand Valley Catholic Outreach and The Home Depot.
Home Depot employees, working as volunteers, scraped paint, patched walls and ripped up carpet in the home on White Avenue. In about two weeks, the transformation should be complete, providing a softer landing for troubled families.
“It’s a really gratifying experience,” said Bill Arcieri, a hardware associate at Home Depot. He spent his day off working at the home.
“We saw pictures of it in here,” he said of the home’s interior. “It was rough.”
Catholic Outreach secured some of the funding for the project through grants. Home Depot, through its Team Depot program, donated some supplies and employees to volunteer.
When finished, the home will be outfitted with new appliances, fresh paint, new carpet and furniture.
The house has been spruced up in the past, but this was the first time skilled workers had a hand in it, Catholic Outreach spokeswoman Barbara Mahoney said.
“It’s probably been seven years since it’s been painted,” she said. “It gets heavy use.”
The home is used as transitional housing for up to 90 days for families who have fallen on hard times, which might include being evicted or being involved in a house fire.
Families pay up to 30 percent of their income to stay in the home, but the money is returned when they move out, so they have funds to secure permanent housing, Mahoney said.