Walking through the resident facilities this past spring was like walking through a home improvement show. Paint cans, drop clothes, power tools and ladders lined the hallways while multiple trucks were spotted delivering floor tiles, ceilings, lighting, furniture, and bathroom hardware and fixtures. Funded primarily by the IBH Foundation, over $150,000 was used to renovate the houses.
Work began in the Women’s House after a new client brought in bed bugs. The staff worked quickly to evacuate the building and relocate the residents to a clean space on campus. The building was properly treated before renovations began. “We turned a crisis situation into an opportunity to make our facilities a more conducive treatment environment for our residents,” said Ed Stanford, Director of Administration and Finance.
In the entrance way and dining room, new flooring, drop ceilings and lighting were installed. A multi-tone paint selection was applied in the area as well as the hallway and recreation room. New furniture was purchased to create a more comfortable recreation space for our women clients, as well as new beds, mattresses, pillows and coat racks for the bedrooms. “Our clients were thrilled with the new living space,” said Nicole Warren, Women’s House Manager. “The new updates provided a more positive refreshing environment to focus on recovery.”
Work on the Men’s House was more extensive. The top floor included new flooring in the main walkways, refurbished bathrooms, and new paint in the bedrooms, hallways and offices. New energy-efficient LED light fixtures replaced old incadescent bulbs in the hallways and bedrooms. “Not only are the new light fixtures more energy efficient, but they also require less labor,” Stanford said. The bedrooms were also stocked with new beds, mattresses, pillows, coat racks and window coverings.
In the lower level of the Men’s House, the recreation room was updated with new flooring and comfortable furniture. “Before painting the rec room, the maintenance staff rewrapped the columns, repaired walls and base board heaters, and replaced damaged ceiling tiles” continued Stanford. Dorms A, B, and C were completely remodeled before new beds, mattresses, pillows, coat racks and window coverings were moved in to create a warm, liveable space.
“The first thing we noticed was the brightness and shine of the new house,” Larry Soper, Men’s House Manager said. “The clients said they felt a sense of dignity and respect. The makeover clearly enhanced their sense of engagement in the program.”
Updates to the Women’s Annex and Men’s Dining Room are scheduled for later this year. Several grants have been submitted to local foundations to help fund the ongoing project. A special thank you to the Junior Women’s Civic Club for their recent contribution.