Karris "From House to Home"

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“From House to Home" 

Providing Durable Household items for Women & Children

           



Karris Barclay has known for a long time that she was born to serve others. The St. Vincent-St. Mary High School senior and Ambassador Girl Scout of Troop 90358 in Akron, has been volunteering in her community for years and loving it; sometimes even double booking herself for different service opportunities.  So when she began working towards her Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting, she knew her project would focus on making life better for those in need.

On Friday, January 27th, Karris will present durable household goods to five families transitioning from temporary to permanent housing. She has chosen Harvest Home, an emergency shelter within the Haven of Rest Ministries, as the focus of her project.   Harvest Home can accommodate up to 52 women and children with an average of five families transitioning into their own homes per month.  

When the families leave the shelter they are given basic supplies, mostly disposable items, that last only a few weeks. Karris’ idea is to provide five families a month with durable household appliances, kitchenware, bed and bath items that would last longer.   

She has secured enough items for the first five families but is looking for groups, churches or organizations who can commit to sponsoring five families one month out of the year.

Please consider becoming a “From House to Home” sponsor and help homeless women and children move to a brighter future.

A complete list of the items needed for the families can be found below or can obtain by email at akrongirlscouts@gmail.com. Monetary donations are also appreciated.

 

Thank you,

Willa Keith

Leader, Girl Scout Troop 90358

Akron, Ohio


“From House to Home” Project

Needed items list

Goal: Serve 5 families per month

        

 Kitchen       Bath Bed Small Appliances
Plates
Bowls
Glasses
Cups
Pots
Pans
Mixing Bowls
Storage Containers
Dish Rack
Utensil container for drawer
Forks, Spoons, Knives
Can Opener
Serving Utensils
Dish Towels
Oven Mitts
Broom
Dustpan
Mop
Trashcan
Towels
Wash Cloths
Bath Mats
Waste Basket
Soap Dish
Tooth Brush Holder
Cleaning Brushes
Comforter
Blankets
Sheets
Pillows
Pillowcases
Toaster
Vacuum Cleaner
Blender
Iron
Ironing Board





“From House to Home”
Providing Sustainable Household items for Women & Children
Karris’ Gold Award Project

Karris has known for a long time that she was born to serve others. She has been
volunteering in her community for years and loving it; sometimes even double booking
herself for different service opportunities. So when she began working towards her
Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting, she knew her project would focus on
making life better for those in need.

Part of the requirements for obtaining the award is that the project she plans and
implements must be sustainable for many years to come. Karris had many good ideas
for community service projects, but none that proved great enough for a Gold Award.

Then, after speaking with a classmate about the homeless situation throughout the
country she decided that she would research what she could do to help homeless
families in Akron. She soon identified Haven of Rest Ministries as a starting point
and further narrowed her focus to the organization’s women and children’s residential
program called Harvest Home.

Haven of Rest Ministries opened Harvest Home in 1979 in response to the growing
need for an emergency shelter for women and children in crisis situations. The program
can accommodate up to 52 women and children with up to five families a month
transitioning out into permanent housing.

When the families leave the shelter they are given basic supplies to last them for a
few weeks, which are mostly disposable items. The families would have to purchase
replacement items using money needed to pay for food and rent. Karris’ idea is to
provide up to five families a month with small household appliances and non-disposable
bed, bath and kitchen items that wouldn’t need to be immediately replaced.

She is currently asking for donations of new or gently used dishes and dish towels,
utensils, can openers, toasters, irons, ironing boards, wash and bath towels, sheets,
pillowcases and comforters. Monetary donations are also appreciated. By providing
these items would make their new living space a home.

Karris is also in need of organizations and groups who will commit to providing at least
one family with these items once a year.

Please considering helping Karris “From House to Home” Gold Award project a success
and help homeless women and children move toward a brighter future.

For additional information please email Karris at akrongirlsouts@gmail.com.
contact her leader at (330) 472-2493
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Daysha Lawrence,
Jan 25, 2012, 8:06 PM
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