Volunteers, Sponsors Work Together to Renovate Valley Christian Center & Private Home in Phoenix, Ariz.
by Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc.
From Western Roofing Jan/Feb ’08
For the 13th consecutive year, Rebuilding Together and the NFL will come together at the Super Bowl for “Kickoff to Rebuild,” a rehabilitation project that will provide substantial renovations to the Valley Christian Center, and the home of Ella Hennis in Phoenix, Arizona.
The event, part of Super Bowl XLII activities, is scheduled for February 1, beginning at 8 am. A press conference also is scheduled that day. The American Petroleum Institute is the title sponsor for the project with local support from the Central Arizona Homebuilders Association, Arizona Roofing Contractors Association, APS, and others. Because of the extensive work to be done, activity began in November 2007, but won’t be completed until the day of the event.
Players, volunteers, and sponsors will donate time, dollars, and materials for the two renovation projects under the auspices of Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun, a 501(c) 3 non-profit agency based in Tempe, Ariz.
Founded in 1919 to serve the Valley’s immigrant population, The Valley Christian Center is a non-profit social services agency providing food, clothing, utility payment support, education assistance for young mothers and their babies, and a fall prevention program for seniors. Much-needed repairs to the building will include new ceilings and floors, a new roof with insulation, renovated bathrooms, interior and exterior painting, new kitchen equipment, shelving for storage, a renovated library and classroom, and outdoor shade covering.
“Right now, because there is no insulation in the ceiling, the Valley Christian Center’s monthly utility bill in the summer is $3,000,” said Dennis Flynn, executive director, Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun. “Not only will that cost be cut substantially, the project will create more space, better storage, and greater ability for the Center’s staff and volunteers to serve the needs of the community,” continued Flynn.
In addition to the community center, the project will provide a complete interior and exterior makeover to the Hennis home, including a new roof and coolers. Mrs. Hennis provides in-home care for her sister who has Downs Syndrome as well as for a 94-year-old resident. Mrs. Hennis also has been helping serve free meals to area residents through her church for many years.