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The Power of Pro Bono Service

The Power of Pro Bono Service
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Pathway Homes currently owns sixty-four properties that provide a stable home for one hundred and sixty-three individuals who are embracing recovery and reclaiming their lives. Without help from community partners, it would be challenging to maintain the beautiful surroundings that these individuals are proud to call home.

Anyone who owns a home understands the never-ending list of “to do” items lurking under that magnet on the refrigerator. For Pathway Homes, that is sixty-four “to do” lists with a small, but mighty team of maintenance staff and a limited budget dedicated to this purpose. Fortunately Pathway Homes receives support from many partners and this last quarter was no exception. Two fantastic partners lent their expertise and manpower, and donated materials for two large projects.

HomeAid member Christopher Companies, led by project manager Mike Sandkuhler, fully renovated a kitchen, powder room and foyer. They donated the labor and all the materials which included a beautiful new refrigerator, stove, microwave and dishwasher. They also included new cabinets and granite countertops donated by seven other trade partner members of HomeAid. This project, valued at $11,000, is the first of what we hope are many more partnerships with HomeAid members. The residents in this home could not wait to starting cooking up a storm in their new kitchen.

Before and after pictures show the scope of the kitchen improvement project
Before and after pictures show the scope of the kitchen improvement project

Pathway Homes residents take pride in their yards but often they experience symptoms and medication side effects that make it difficult for them to spend long hours in the sun. Despite these challenges, they strive to be good neighbors and assets to the neighborhoods in which they live. For the Pathways residents in Prince William County, Turner Construction saved the day by adopting one of our townhomes for their Day of Service called “Paint the Town Blue”. Despite the very rainy spring causing this project to be rescheduled several times, Turner persevered and finally came out in early May. With the recent frequent rains the yard was overgrown, but the team went to work and cleared the way for new landscaping.

In one very long day of hard work, they turned both the front and back yards from the least to the most attractive on the block. They built a landscaped terrace for the sloped front yard as well as a much needed handrail on the porch, all with wood they donated. They also put down mulch and planted sustainable bushes and perennials, which they also donated. As they were working, many neighbors came by for a peek and even asked them if they would do their yards too!

Turner Construction crew pose with the new railing and planting bed in front of the house; new landscaping enhances the rear deck.
Turner Construction crew pose with the new railing and planting bed in front of the house; new landscaping enhances the rear deck.

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