We started the process of getting back to repairs by developing a set of Worksite Safety Protocols and a COVID-19 Safety Training. Fritz Sturz, Project Repair Coordinator, put together the safety training and a professional voice-over actor donated his time to narrate the training. Eight volunteers participated in the pilot and after taking the safety training they began working in small teams at a home that is part of Operation Renewed Hope Foundation (ORHF).
The vacant house was perfect for testing our safety protocols and over the course of two weeks our volunteers repaired and replaced doors, put new balusters on the exterior deck railings so they meet code, added grab bars to the bathrooms and prepped walls for painting by a contractor. The volunteers felt comfortable with our new safeguards and were happy to be back on the job doing what they love – making homes safe and healthy.
Operation Renewed Hope Foundation provides quality housing and supportive services to veterans to break their cycle of homelessness or to prevent them from becoming homeless. A veteran family will be moving into this house in August. We are thankful for our partner Wells Fargo Foundation and their support of our work on this home.
With the successful roll-out of this project we are now organizing small teams of experienced volunteers to tackle limited repairs for homeowners with pressing health and safety concerns. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with RT-AFF please contact Don Ryan, Director of Partnerships.