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National Association of the Remodeling Industry Revives Center for Underserved Kids

Partners in Philanthropy

By Ed Goldman, Correspondent; Sacramento Biz Journal; May 3rd, 2013

The GreenHouse, a nonprofit organization that provides after-school tutoring and a host of activities for underserved young people, has been working with professional carpenters, designers and a cadre of volunteers to restore the dilapidated community center that used to be its headquarters.

The facility is located in the Gardenland/Northgate neighborhood, which one project volunteer referred to as “one of the largest areas of Sacramento’s working poor.” That volunteer, Brenda Kress, executive director of the Sacramento chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, said that the neighborhood “has more children per capita, per square mile or per square inch — however they measure areas that are greatly impacted and under-resourced — than any other area in Sacramento.”

Members of her association and a group of local partners, including the Sacramento Waldorf School, have donated more than $30,000 in labor and materials to the restoration of the clubhouse, near the intersection of Northgate Boulevard and Garden Highway.

“The professional members of NARI, as well as their vendors and (subcontractors), are getting the building put back together,” Kress said. “In a few weeks, we expect to host what I’m calling an ‘unskilled-labor weekend’ for parents and other volunteers to come in and finish the project.”

Nar Bustamante, owner of Nar Fine Carpentry in Carmichael — and a new showroom on Town Center Boulevard in El Dorado Hills that should be open by Mother’s Day — has been spearheading the professional phase of the project. He said he’s been working with Morse Remodeling of Davis. “Morse really stepped in to help,” he said. “Their guys are taking on the kitchen remodel, and my company’s doing the bathrooms, but we’re both doing a little bit of everything.”

Dave Horne of Morse Remodeling, Inc. volunteers his skills by laying tile at the GreenHouse rehabilitation project.

Dave Horne of Morse Remodeling, Inc. volunteers his skills by laying tile at the GreenHouse Rehabilitation Project.

Bustamante said a teacher at Waldorf, the private pre-K-12 school in Fair Oaks that his children, Kamilo and Kailani, attend, approached him to take on the job. “I was invited to her home for a bowl of soup,” he recalled, and then laughed. “I had no idea what that single bowl of soup would commit me to.”

Waldorf affiliated itself with the Oasis Games, an international community-building program. Oasis inspires groups to go into “needful neighborhoods” and help them make their dreams for the area come to fruition, according to Kacie Stratton, founder and outgoing executive director of The GreenHouse.

“The seniors at Waldorf got involved with the program a year before we could even think about rebuilding the community center,” Stratton said. “When you think about it, students at a Waldorf school in Fair Oaks don’t necessarily have a lot in common with students in a neighborhood that’s filled with low-income housing. “It was a wonderful experience for each group to learn from each other and to work together.”

After a bunch of neighborhood projects, such as park cleanups and gardening, Stratton said the neighborhood’s residents decided it wanted to next restore The GreenHouse, whose staff of five had moved into a much smaller facility next door when its building fell into disrepair.

“We’ve done very well in the other building but have had only about a fourth of the space we’d had in the original building,” Stratton said. “We have waiting lists for kids wanting to get into our programs.”

Stratton, her husband, their 8-year-old son and twin 6-year boys, recently relocated to Oakland. The center’s new executive director, Brian Heller de Leon, began his job last month. “The most comforting thing about leaving,” Stratton said, “is in knowing that there’ll be a new clubhouse and greater capacity for helping kids from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Morse in the Community: The Greenhouse

Morse Remodeling is proud to be involved in community outreach projects throughout the Sacramento Valley over the last decade. Last year, Morse worked  with Families First to remedy some permit issues for the purchase of their program rental property in Davis. Recently we have been working closely with NARI and Greenhouse (a non profit after-school tutoring and mentoring program for children)  in a project to renovate their facility located in Gardenland Northgate area of Sacramento.

The Clubhouse that the organization once used for our youth programs has been in need of significant repair and is currently unusable. The building needed a new roof, mold and asbestos remediation, dry rot and termite repair, ADA retrofitting (bathrooms), repaired doors, painting and new flooring. The project will also need new furnishings once the renovations are complete.

Spearheaded by Morse Remodeling Project Manager, Dave Horne and several skilled Morse Remodeling carpenters, we were able to supply skilled labor as a gift in kind for the project. Morse Remodeling is also assisting the program with raising funds for the project. The project is described in greater detail below.

Organizational Information:

The GreenHouse is a non-profit, 501c3 organization located in the Gardenland Northgate neighborhood of Sacramento, California. The offer after-school tutoring, mentoring, summer day camps, a youth group for teens, leadership development, and skill-building workshops for under-resourced youth.

Greenhouse ExteriorFounded in 2002 by group of volunteers who wanted to make a difference in their community, The GreenHouse serves a low-income neighborhood block with over 550 children living on it – the most kids per capita than any other block in the greater Sacramento area.

For the past 10 years, The GreenHouse has consistently offered high-quality after-school and summer youth programs, and has had a major impact on hundreds of families in Sacramento.

Benefits of this project for Community:

Renovation of the Clubhouse will have an enormous impact on the community. The program currently has about half of the space they used to have in the Clubhouse. Inversely, the interest in and demand for services at The GreenHouse has increased sharply over the last several years. With a larger facility, they would be able to serve twice as many kids and teens in our summer day camps and after-school programs. Instead, many kids are placed on a waiting list and unable to benefit from the program’s services. More space would mean that more youth could benefit from all the programs.

Greenhouse Interior

Benefits of this project for Partners:

We will ensure that our Partners get exposure for their partnership with us on this project. We have a PR professional who will be working on getting exposure from local and trade media. In addition, we have an e-newsletter that goes out every 3 weeks to over 800 subscribers. We will be updating our followers on the Clubhouse renovations and will include names, logos, and links of our Partners. In addition, we will use social media (facebook, blogs, website) to generate excitement and support for this project and will include our Partners in that.

Partners (to date):

Partners (to date):
National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Nar Fine Carpentry
Morse Remodeling
Guardian Environmental
Cal Vintage Roofing
National Self Storage
Saxon Sigerson, Sigerson Architects
Integra Realty Resources – Sacramento
Ferguson
Building Supply and Lumber
Hibbert Lumber – Door Shop
Henley Homes
The Ken and Lynn Hall Family Fund
Milgard windows
ABC insulation
Simas Flooring
Arizona Tile
H&H electric
JKS Tile
For more information:
Please contact, Brian Heller de Leon, (916)402-7978 or brian@thegreenhousecenter.org for more information.

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Morse in the Community: Progress Ranch

Progress Ranch is a nonprofit public benefit, 501(c) agency which provides residential treatment services for the emotionally-troubled child. They have been in operation since 1976 in a house they lease on Loyola Drive in East Davis Manor.

Progress Ranch promotes the hope, health, and well-being of boys ages 6-12 by helping them develop the self-confidence, competence, and positive feelings that result from living in a nurturing setting within a supportive community. The organization is hoping to have the opportunity to purchase their facility of six beds, and thus improve their services and facilities for the boys that are enrolled in the program.

Morse Remodeling was contacted by representatives of Progress Ranch to assist in the code compliance of the residential resale. The property needed to  have several code compliance issues addressed in order to facilitate a potential sale. Morse was honored to assist the organization and facilitate the inspection process so that the re-sale inspection process could take place in a timely manner.

Executive Director of Progress Ranch, Wendi Eernisse, commented,  “Morse Remodeling has excellent service and wonderful staff.  They worked with us closely and kept us informed of all the steps towards the completion of our project.  I appreciated so much their dedication to completing this project to help our non-profit save money and still receive an excellent quality of service.  The staff were incredibly patient when working around some very enthusiastic and inquisitive children. They made it a memorable and fun experience for our children.”

Morse Remodeling is proud to be able to assist our community and various non-profit organizations that make Davis and the surrounding areas a wonderful place to live and work.

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