On behalf of our sixteen non-profit housing partners and the clients they serve, we would like to thank you for your participation in the seventh annual Affordable Housing Awareness Week (April 25 – May 2, 2014).
This year was a testament to the sacrifices all of our supporters were willing to make to ensure that Affordable Housing Awareness Week went off regardless of the weather. While the “Rock the Block” party in Blackwell scheduled for April 25th was cancelled due to severe storms and several of our volunteer projects had to be rescheduled, we were overwhelmed by the willingness of our volunteers, sponsors, non-profit partners and members of the community to make this week a success.
We expect that when all of the rescheduled projects have been completed, Affordable Housing Awareness Week 2014 will have had over 600 volunteers from across the community complete 2500 hours of work on almost 40 projects. These efforts helped build and repair homes, beautify neighborhoods, and improve the quality of life for our neighbors in need.
On May 1, 15 community leaders participated in “Walking in Their Shoes”–a homeless simulation where each participant was given the identity of someone who might be homeless and asked to navigate the challenges faced by our region’s homeless population. It proved to be a transformational journey for all involved. An outcome report is attached with more details about the week. Also, you can visit AffordableHousingRichmond.com to view photos and highlights of the week.
Overcoming the challenges presented by inclement weather illustrated the level of commitment that you, and so many members of our community, have for affordable housing efforts in the Richmond region. The true impact of this annual event can be best summed up in the words of a client of one of our non-profit partners:
“Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. You and your team are a blessing, heaven sent. You have made living in my home easier and safer. You don’t know what a difference you have made in my life. I will never forget you. May God bless and keep all of you in his care.”
We thank you for undertaking this challenge with us and thank you for a job well done.