Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Volunteering to lead in a large-scale effort is not my natural inclination. I had been a helper in this massive effort for the previous 4 years; but this year was different, I stepped up to lead a project. I signed up for either painting or artistic painting. I sort-of ended up with neither.
My first duty was to contact the head of the organization I would be working with and ask lots of questions about what they do. The guy I talked to was difficult to track down and always seemed to be busy. Yet, we talked. He runs foster homes for kids who are in the foster system but who are not placed in a family home. His heart is for children who are older (10 years and up). The home my project was in is for boys 16 to 21. His heart is also for allowing these kids time to get jobs, places to live, further education, and an overall ability to really take care of themselves.
The first time I went out to see the sight first hand, I was overwhelmed. I thought I was doing a mural in one room. I was actually doing a mural in two rooms! And then, just to verify my insanity, I asked "Is there anything else you need done around here?" So I added a landscaping/gardening project to do as well. (I had to get approval, but figured it would work out, and it did).
I recruited a friend to help with the outdoor stuff. She was my outdoor go-to person the day of the project. And, bless her heart, she picked up the plants and tools necessary to complete the job the day before. (I wish I'd gotten a picture of her 4 door Seabring stuffed with plants, shovels, hoes and a wheelbarrow!
The actual day of the event we had over 400 projects going. Over 40 churches involved in the effort. And approximately 7000 (5300 from my church-yes, it's one of those mega churches) people dispersed throughout the city of Cincinnati, helping non-prophets. We take "run to those in need" very seriously!
^THIS IS A BEFORE SHOT OF THE HOUSE^
^HERE IS AN AFTER SHOT WITH THE OUTDOOR CREW^
They did weeding (including poisonous stuff), mulching, planting, & trimming on all four sides of the house. It's really had to tell from the pics what they accomplished--but they did make a difference!
We ended up using graphic stickers that I got to order off the internet. We choose a sports theme. I chose black and gray stickers due to the color of the walls (I could not change them) and due the fact that this is for 16 to 21 year old boys. I did not want the rooms to look too cutsie.
The graphic's company I ordered the "art" from sent us extra so we were able to do 3 rooms. (God is great!)
We also painted quotes in the stairwell:
^^^HERE'S ONE OF THEM^^^
^INDOOR CREW^ (I am in the red shirt, my daughter is on the far right)
And, because she'd kill me for not including what she worked on, so here's what my daughter did:
And if you haven't had enough-here's some more pictures:the first is indoor shots and second is outdoor.