Every two years, the non-profit community in New Hampshire teams up with designers, architects, construction companies and contractors to donate time, money and materials to build or renovate a selected non-profit facility in need of renovations or new space. The 2018 Building on Hope project has been very special to all of the many participants as we clearly witnessed.
Let the good tears roll…
Emotions are flying in a very good way as a few project leaders had to choke back tears of love and gratitude at the ribbon cutting ceremony known as “the big reveal.”
In the video, at about 45 seconds in, you begin to see the genuine, warm and deep emotion in Co-Chair Johnathan Halle as he makes brief remarks and he was not alone! You can see the gratitude in the faces of the women who walk into their new living space. It’s just fantastic!
Building it Forward
Opportunities like this make construction one of the most rewarding professions because of our ability to physically transform real estate, which can potentially save lives. In this case, Meridian Construction worked with designer teammate, Jenn Rowe of Goedecke Decorating in Bedford, to fully renovate a bedroom. We also donated 11 brand new beds.
We’d like to share a few comments from some of our project team members, starting with Jenn who wrote us, “…I can’t say enough about the over the top effort Rob, Sheldon and the team put forward on site all week. They truly went above and beyond, working in a very challenging (and cramped!) environment! I wish you could have been there to see the faces of the Crisis Center staff as they walked through the finished space on Sunday. They were beyond excited and shocked at the transformation, and so grateful for everyone’s efforts.” Here is a look at the actual result:
Karen Van Der Beken, Senior Advancement Officer, Easterseals NH also writes, “Words cannot describe the feeling of accomplishment after yesterday’s Big Reveal of the Crisis Center’s newly renovated building for survivors. We are grateful to each one of you who contributed to this effort, and the tears and smiles on the faces of the staff and other guests said it all!”
Whether you’re a non-profit that needs building rehab or are interested in donating time, money or materials to New Hampshire Building on Hope, you can contact the organization or one of the steering committee members found online here.