We are making great progress on our reflooring project and plan to reopen that building soon. We have two rooms promised already and are regularly scheduling interviews with prospective residents.
Ken Santucci perseveres. He committed to reflooring our second building and he stuck by it. Despite dead animals, mold, labor shortages, heat, sickness and lack of lunches, Ken persevered.
First Ken had to rip out the old flooring. The old particle board was so rotten people were falling through it. It wasn’t safe to go to the bathroom!
The workers arrived. The project was going well. Then the building lost the well pump due to an electrical problem. Ken stopped the flooring project long enough to flip the breakers. It took a few times, but eventually worked. An electrician is still needed!
Because we have desperate moms waiting for rooms, Ken sped up the timetable. He had the help of hard working Career Source volunteer Beth McGlothin. After he ripped out the old flooring, Ken put down the new plywood. Now he just needed to go get the wood laminate flooring and install it. All he needed was a truck and workers.
The flooring was donated by Christine Collins from Pay It Forward Farm. She is always happy to share with the The Life Center. The 1200 sq. ft of laminate flooring donated by PIFF is pictured. Christine said, “This flooring is sent with lots of love and best wishes for all the young women and children that walk through your doors and across your floors.”
More things fell into place. Joseph’s House loaned TLC a truck to pick up the new flooring. Beth and one of the new residents unloaded the new flooring off the truck and brought it into the building. Meanwhile, Monte Patterson loaned TLC a trailer and Barbara and Kit loaded the rubble from the old floor onto the trailer. Ken kept everything rolling as he dealt with unpleasant surprises at every turn. The project was about half done. The pressure was on. Ken knew those desperate moms needed a home. He worked Labor Day.
As an experienced grandpa, Ken knew the rubber ducky set tends to splash water. He told us the flooring donated by Pay It Forward Farm was fine for all rooms expect the bathroom. Ken asked Barbara to pick up alternative flooring at Home Depot. Instead of having to write another check, she got a very nice surprise.
At Home Depot Barbara met employee Rosemary Atkins. Rosemary knew about TLC and was determined to help. She got management to donate a $25 gift card and then proceeded to get our final bill down to $2.13. She also provided information on applying for a Home Depot grant. We love this community spirit. We can hardly wait to move the furniture back in and say “Welcome” to our new moms