Houses Become Homes

Yesterday was a busy day at Catholic Family Services thanks to a very generous donation and some amazing volunteers from Art Van.  We were given 15 complete hotel rooms — with beautiful furniture — to complete the Ark Cottages units and update the Kalamazoo Caring Network apartments.  The day required a lot of flexibility, patience, and physical strength and our volunteers had all three.  As a result, the Ark Cottages are now homes — ready to receive youth and provide them with safe and stable housing.

The generous donation allowed us to equip each unit with a bed, side table, desk, armoire and television, two lounge chairs and a side table, as well as mirrors and other items.  The volunteers helped us to get the items in the unit and more volunteers came back today to add the finishing touches — assembling items, organizing, unpacking dishes and towels, and making the units ready for “move in.”  It was quite the Christmas blessing and we are so thankful for everyone who came together to make it happen.  Check out these pictures and let us know what you think!



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