2016 National Day of Action Team
Stebnitz Springs in to Action at Twin Oaks Shelter
The best part of our Stebnitz Builders team is the willingness of everyone to make significant change in the community we live in. They are as generous and caring as anyone I’ve known. I am humbled daily by their acts of kindness and willingness to BE the change.
This was never more evident than our involvement with the United Way of Walworth County in the National Day of Action this summer at the Twin Oaks Homeless Shelter. Rooms were painted. Gutters cleaned. A hole in the roof was fixed. And, most importantly, a shower was renovated, giving the shelter another room for a family to stay use for temporary respite and support.
Speed and efficiency were critical. At Twin Oaks, families are given 90 days to stay at the shelter while they attempt to get back on their feet with help from counseling, job training and other support services.
The key, though, is the day a family moves out, another moves in. There is a waiting list of families looking for that safety sanctuary where there’s food, a warm room to sleep and a roof over their heads.
Life’s most essential needs.
The work we performed had to be completed in one day. Residents were still occupying the units, so we painted over and around their things using drop cloths and plastic sheeting to keep them protected.
The most impressive work was completed in Unit 3. This unit had a bad situation going on with its shower. It was unusable and therefore an entire room that could have housed up to four families every year, was only being used for storage.
Our team, along with our friends from Southern Lakes Plumbing and Heating, got to work and renovated the bathroom in Unit 3 and made it a safe environment again. Today, the room is housing families and not supplies.
In one day, we were able to:
- Paint five rooms.
- Create a new usable room by remodeling its shower.
- Clean all of the gutters.
- Fix a hole in the roof.
It was certainly a team effort and a day none of us will forget anytime soon.