Behind The Scenes

Written By Jessica Simmons- Volunteer Coordinator

Often when visitors walk through the doors of Hearth Homes they comment on how welcoming and homey it feels. The walls are painted, the picture frames are straight (usually), and the atmosphere is cozy. However, not many people get a look into the underbelly of maintaining homes that are over 65 years old and went through a foreclosure period. Enter our maintenance volunteers. These are the gentlemen who work diligently behind the scenes to ensure the homey environment that speaks so loudly to the families housed here and the visitors who pass through our doors. 

Nathan fixing the back door of the Atrium 

Nathan fixing the back door of the Atrium 

One gentleman we would like to thank in particular is Nathan Czech. He has been serving with Hearth Homes for more than a year now and is still showing up every Wednesday afternoon to tackle maintenance projects big and small. From installing custom-made, permanent baby gates in both houses to hanging wall calendar after calendar; he is committed to making these homes safe and functional for each family. Any task we hand him he goes above and beyond the expectation!

Handmade permanent gate Nathan made for our childcare room!

Handmade permanent gate Nathan made for our childcare room!

These homes have been transformed, I am talking extreme makeover transformed, step by step by detail-orientated and talented handymen. As I think about how these homes have been changed I can’t help but see the correlation with the families we serve. It may be slow sometimes, and it may take place behind the scenes, but there begins a shift in the atmosphere.  An ambiance of empowerment takes root. These families begin to dream for more, or different, than what they have known before because they are learning to recognize their identity as someone worthy of a safe and loving home.