January 30th - House Paint Bartow II with partner outreach Keep Polk County Beautiful.
Each HOUSE PAINT (Bartow) is a neighborhood beautification program that allows the Doors2Change staff the opportunity to meet residents and identify greater needs; such as home safety repairs (our primary focus), food, medicine, transportation, employment, and education/life skills.
Through each HOUSE PAINT program a relationship is formed with the resident to assist and identify their greater needs. The paint and beautification is the OPEN DOOR to finding where the greater needs are in home safety and physical deprivation in the lives of the residents we serve.
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_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________RECENT PUBLICATION: 863 Magazine - Winter Haven, Fl, 2016
Doors2Change is a ministry that locks arms with other organizations to meet the needs of many residents in our region. They opened in Polk County in 2011 and picked up partner in outreach efforts, Servant Ministry, of Guatemala in 2014. The objectives of this organization is to lend a lifting hand to low-income, elderly, and single parent homes. “To find what need is you have to ask the real questions, first. Then, it requires the county, city, and individuals to save our villages in Polk” said Jane Waters Thomas, Executive Director. Many partnerships with government, nonprofit and for profit agencies make it possible to paint out poverty, bring homes to safety, and restore hope. “Real change requires time spent with individuals. It is more than just painting a house it is finding the needs of the residents,” said Julie Revell Assistant Director.
All families deserve the chance for real change and possibility beyond what they can imagine and there will never be enough funding to meet all of the needs in some of our most desolate and impoverished communities. However, because we have so many that love and show up in force we see amazing transformation happen in the lives of those we touch, said Jane. Currently we are working in the specific communities of Eloise, Florence Villa, Bartow, and Highland City and we do special projects as they arise in other communities. All of our new programming is based on available funding and volunteers.
The outreach of this organization is needed because of extreme home safety needs found within our region. When we first began Doors2Change was only going to be a community arts and beautification project within the Arts Ensemble Education Foundation. That all changed on the very first home when what we found was more than we could have ever anticipated. Holes in floors, toilets that were held up by one 2x4, kitchen sinks that were falling apart, plumbing that didn’t work, electrical issues that shocked children when they touched their stove. We definitely could not have imagined the cost of such a necessary program, either. It does not require a plane ticket, I often say, to find living conditions beyond what you can believe in poverty and it’s only 10 minutes away in any direction you choose to drive.
The greatest challenge for our organization is two-fold. Funding will remain the greatest issue always and limits our ability to do more and stay longer with each family and we need volunteers that have a heart for working on homes and with families. It is my hope that we are the first thought for churches and individuals who know of the needs that exist. If we cannot do it alone then we stand in partnership to help others make safe living possible.
To volunteer or make a donation please call 863-514-4980.