RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — What does a nonprofit on a limited budget do when it needs some sprucing up? Fortunately for the Hospital Hospitality House, another local nonprofit heard its call for help and came to the rescue.
The facelift is in progress, and all the work and supplies are free. Paint brushes stroke walls throughout the first floor of HHH, where patients and their families stay during lengthy medical treatments.
Walls at the HHH haven’t been touched in about twenty years, and there was no way HHH could have afforded the $25,000 quote it received for the work. That is why Richmond’s Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, or PDCA, got involved.
“And we said what an incredible place,” explains local PDCA President Stacey Spear about HHH. “They are so deserving. It’s an incredible place here.”
PDCA has been around for 131 years. Residential and commercial painters, along with suppliers step up to provide manpower and everything a nonprofit needs to look brand new.
“It’s been unbelievable to see, first of all, the transformation of our physical space here,” says J.C. Poma, the HHH Community Outreach Manager.
Daniel Payne, one of the project’s organizers, adds, “When I think of PDCA, I think of community.”
Payne is proud to be a part of this effort because HHH helped when his wife’s brother was battling a terminal illness. “My in-laws actually had the opportunity to stay in this exact building, and I didn’t know that until after the fact. And it’s really special how it went full circle.”
The painters and suppliers all work together, leaving their own individual company ties behind. They work together as a team for one cause.
About the work Poma says, “It really just makes it a place of healing for our guests and makes it so much more warm and loving.”
PDCA donated its time, energy and a lot of paint just when HHH needed it the most. Along with all the work done, HHH is planning to unveil a new name and logo on April 16.