Archive for March, 2014

Springing into a Season of Repair Projects!

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

It may be hard to tell based on the weather, but Sukkot in Spring has begun! This past weekend started off our packed spring with the Georgetown Jewish Student Association and George Washington Hillel students and alumni working on Ms. Frazier’s home.

You may remember Ms. Frazier’s story and the extensive work that Bernstein Management Corporation completed in the fall to transform her home. In addition to the completion of larger-scale repairs, there were aesthetic and small repairs needed to finish up work in the home.

On Sunday morning, the Georgetown Jewish Student Association completed outdoor work and indoor prep work on Ms. Frazier’s home with gusto. Vine removal was no easy task, and yet, the students efficiently cleared out the backyard. The students also enthusiastically cleaned out the home, cleverly creating an assembly line to transport materials.

The afternoon crew of George Washington University Hillel students, alumni, and community members picked up where the morning group left off by painting several of Ms. Frazier’s upstairs rooms. They cleaned and prepped the walls, ceilings, and baseboards, and then grabbed their rollers and brushes to tackle the painting.

Thank you to the Georgetown and GW groups that worked so hard to make the home a more comfortable and beautiful space.

Congratulations to Spring Workshop Graduates!

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

On Sunday, twenty Yachad homeowners and family members came out for the final spring Homeowner Education Workshop. This third class covered financial planning skills such as budgeting, preventing identity theft, and consumer protection. A big thank you to the volunteers from Our Daily Bread who led the workshop and to Academy of Hope for hosting us for the third time in their building.

At the end of the workshop, several homeowners became Yachad Homeowner Education Workshop graduates! Graduates received the book Dare to Repair as well as a 72-piece homeowner toolkit. The workshops have provided homeowners with extensive home maintenance, financial planning, and other resources, and we hope that these skills last well beyond when the Yachad paintbrushes and tools have been cleared away.

Congratulations to Ms. Brenda McManus, Ms. Tandaleyia Miles, Ms. Michelle Nichols, and Ms. Lynn-Sheree Webb on their completion of the program!