New Program Helping Crossroads Residents Revamp Their Home
Keep Victoria Beautiful has been revamping areas around town for quite some time. Recently, they have teamed up with Habitat for Humanity and created a 'Brush Up' program.
WHAT IS THE BRUSH UP PROGRAM?
Habitat for Humanity strives to give people in their communities a place to call home, while Keep Victoria Beautiful strives to keep their community a clean place to be proud of.
Both organizations strive to help their community and with their new Brush Up program, they are doing even more. The program will send volunteers to help residents with minor exterior improvements like painting and yard work.
“Groups like Habitat for Humanity contribute their own unique skills and resources, and we’re excited to work with them on this initiative that will bring more energy and positivity to our neighborhoods," said Community Appearance Manager Christy Youker.
WHERE DID THIS IDEA COME FROM?
Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Brian McClane, participated in a wonderful program called 'Love Where You Live' when he lived in Plano.
According to the press release, McClane said the program allowed him to see firsthand how small beautification projects can encourage community pride and responsibility.
“We saw neighborhoods begin to revitalize themselves,” McClane said. “If we were working on a house, we would start to see neighbors come out and work on their own houses.”
FIRST HOME FINISHED
The first house to participate in the program was in the Silver City neighborhood. Thanks to wonderful volunteers, the home had a new coat of paint, new window siding installed, trimmed trees, and removed old posts and tree trunks from the property. The City’s Solid Waste came to removed old brick pillars using a backhoe and hauled trash from the site.
The program will continue to work with the community to identify 'households that would be good candidates for the program.'