The usual suspects
This week, we’d like to extend a very special “thank you” to our regular volunteers at Lydia’s House–the ones who are consistently working, weekend after weekend, to help renovate the house and transform it into a home where women and children can heal and start afresh. These volunteers braved the heat (and the vast piles of junk) in the summer, and now are braving the cold (and drywall) of the winter, yet they always have smiles on their faces and are eager to help however they can. They make the long work day seem like minutes, and it’s wonderful to know that the house has been filled with blessings and laughter even before the guest arrive.
Thank you, Renovation Regulars, for all you’ve done and continue to do. This house couldn’t be a home without you!
Wow, two weekends in a row in which groups of volunteers from an organization have come to help us out during our renovation work day!
This past weekend, we were blessed by the help of students from the College of Mount Saint Joseph. From finishing the refurbishing of our cupboards to cleaning out wood scraps, and countless other tasks, the students contributed a great deal to the progress of our renovation.
Our new, shiny cupboards!
Just think: all of this was in our garage. We now have so much space, we don’t know what to do with it!
So many neat items hiding in our garage. They’ll have to find a new home in order for us to make space for the new things to come, but it was fun to explore what the previous owners left behind!
We at Lydia’s House are continually in awe of the mass support we have received. Every week, we are one step closer to fulfilling our dream and providing a home for women and children in transition. We cannot thank you enough for your help this week, volunteers from College of Mount Saint Joseph!
The attic of Lydia’s House as it was emptied. Photo courtesy of Julianna Boehm Photography
Many of you might remember the Lydia’s House house when we first acquired it: the house, like the women and children we will serve, was broken and in need of a lot of love and caring. Indeed, when 2024 Mills was finally empty, it looked like a Goliath of a venture. The cracked plaster, dilapidated walls, and other signs of neglect made us wonder if the renovation would ever be complete.
Well, we are far from completion, but as the drywall is hung and insulation is installed, the dream of Lydia’s House is becoming more and more a reality. Just a couple weekends ago, the attic seemed almost ready to paint–all that was needed was to fill in the cracks in between the drywall. The heating/cooling systems have been installed, as well as the insulation, and it seems like with a little paint and decoration, these rooms are ready to go!
Almost looks like a completely different room, doesn’t it?
We are so blessed to know how far we’ve come, and are even more blessed to have such a strong community which supports us. We could not have gotten here without all of the volunteers and friends of Lydia’s House.
Saturday’s work day at the house seemed, well, much louder than usual. This probably was a result of the increased number of volunteers this week: in addition to our regular crew of volunteers, Lydia’s House welcomed members of the Floral House intentional living community, who came to dedicate their day to helping out with the renovation. While dry wall was put up inside the house, the Floral House volunteers cleaned out the garage, sorted through furniture donations, painted cabinets, and brought new donations to the house. It was definitely a blessing to have the volunteers there to help clean out and organize the garage, leaving space now for new donations we hope to receive in the future.
While several of the volunteers had never actually visited the house before, their eagerness to participate, as well as their belief in Lydia’s House’s mission, was not only present but contagious. From fixing tools to lifting heavy furniture or sorting beams of wood, the members of the Floral House exuded the joy of serving others which we at Lydia’s House so strongly promote.
At the end of the day, not only did the volunteers feel more connected with each other, but also with the Lydia’s House purpose and its community. To some it may have seemed like just another work day, but in many ways we’re one step closer to making the mission of Lydia’s House become reality.
Lydia’s House has a short article in the most recent issue of the Norwood Star! We are so grateful for the support our community has shown us. Click above to see us on their website!