Susan Weich

Susan Weich

“Artists help open doors for Habitat homeowners” is the title to a column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on March 4, 2009, by Susan Weich, a reporter based in the St. Charles Bureau of the publication. > Here’s a link to the story with a video clip as well. <

The column describes how artists from the St. Peters Community & Arts Center, the Women’s Caucus for the Arts, the St. Louis Watercolor Society and the Oak Leaf Artists Guild painted murals and graphic designs on doors that were not selling at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

ReStore Entry on Forest Park Boulevard

ReStore Entry on Forest Park Boulevard

What a wonderful thing to do with their creative skills!

I have worked on a Habitat for Humanity build; it was several years ago in Wellston. I did landscaping, which included digging holes and planting small trees, laying sod, and planing the beds across the front of foundation of the house. By the end of the day I was exhausted, and it was not just from the hard, physical labor. It was also from the several pounds of mud that had caked onto my shoes and dried. My shoes looked like Frankenstein’s boots.

photo courtesy Emergency Supply Catalog

photo courtesy Emergency Supply Catalog

I was also the safety officer on the job and got wear a REALLY COOL neon orange vest!  Here’s a picture of me in my vest.

 

In the years since that first build on which I worked, Lawrence Group sponsored builds for a few years (Larry Schmid was the team organizer for us.)

I’m sure a lot of people in the design community have worked on these builds, as well. If you find yourself with time on your hands, see what you can do at the ReStore to help move merchandise in some similarly creative way to raise money for the organization. It’s something we’re particularly well suited to do, and nothing feels better than getting away from your own, personal stresses by helping someone else with theirs. Ummm … See you there?!?

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