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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Local Labor of Love

The Children’s Home encompasses a sprawling 212 acre campus including a working farm in the heart of the Winston-Salem. Originally established as the Davis Military Academy in the 1890’s, The Children’s Home began its life as an orphanage in 1909 when they served some 500 area children. Today they continue their mission of serving great kids who come from the most unimaginable situations. Unfortunately the funding to help these kids largely dries up when they turn 18 and, as if their lives weren’t hard enough already, many of these youngsters celebrate their birthday with a pat on the back as they are shown the door. Not at The Children’s Home and not on our watch!

Working together, The Children’s Home and the TAA are going to, quite literally, save these kids. The Stultz building on The Children’s Home campus will provide a safe and loving place to live while the staff teaches these kids the skills that they need to make a life for themselves. Built in 1955 (at a cost of $90,000), the infrastructure is sound but the building has been empty for 25 years and is in desperate need of repair. Does this sound like enough of a challenge? Drawing on the considerable resources and industry expertise of the TAA membership, we’re going to save Stultz and help The Children’s Home save these kids! The building itself has three stories and includes a kitchen, a community room and two floors of apartments. Together we’re going to tackle all of the electrical, plumbing, carpentry, appliance, cleaning, painting, furnishing and landscaping needs. Oh, and we’re going to accomplish all of this in two weekends in February!

2010 Project
Friday and Saturday,
Feb. 5-6 and 12-13*, 2010
The Children's Home

In addition to volunteers, TAA needs some specific supplies to make this happen. Click here and scroll to the bottom for a list of needed supplies, as well as for information about how you can donate time or money toward this effort.

Triad Apartment Association
The Children's Home

* inclement weather date - Feb 19, 20
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