A group home for young women has a fresh new look after volunteers recently completed some painting and landscaping.
“It's pretty amazing, I think, that it gives you almost goose bumps knowing that there's so many people that are in this community … willing to give so much of their time and energy and efforts into helping this specific population,” said Christina Cicero, program director for the home, which is run by Lisa Inc. Some 10 volunteers from Team Depot, Home Depot’s community service initiative, visited the Plainville home earlier this month to create a garden, add mulch and decorative stones around shrubs, and paint a recreation and meeting room.
"A lot of times they were in positions where they didn't have nice things or they didn't have anything, so giving them the best that we can possibly give them has been and will always be my mission," Cicero said.
“It’s more than the aesthetic work at the end of the day — it’s that home feel,” said Elizabeth Hyatt, associate director of development at Lisa Inc.
Bill Kiely, a community captain with Team Depot, visited the home in March to assess its needs and help staff apply for a grant from the Home Depot Foundation. The home received $2,000, which went towards buying paint, walkway lights, mulch and stones, and other supplies.
Erin Trotman, who works with the group home’s residents, said the girls are coming into transitional living for the first time.
“They say, ‘wow, this is like home,’” she said.
It’s also important for the girls to see that there is community support, Cicero said.
"The community is what drives us, the community is what's going to hire our girls, the community is what's going to be taking them to the doctor's appointments, or providing support for mental health,” she said.