29 May, 2016
Reconnecting People

Reconnecting People | Once a property has been restored, Urban Homeworks works to connect neighbor to neighbor to create a livable, robust community with a strong sense of home. The result is a rich exchange between households that reweaves a sense of community through day-to-day activities.

In January, out of the blue, we received a really special Thank You note from an Urban Homeworks resident and subcontractor. We read the full letter to the team and, with every word, more tears began to flow – especially from those who know this man’s journey. Anyway – this thank you belongs to every single person and family committed to perpetuating hope:

Good morning,

I've attached a gesture of my gratitude (my story) to UHW for its many years of business and service to the community. In my experience with UHW, I've seen many great things. Not just with myself but with others as well. I have witnessed UHW
help out people that they've even had to evict. Marcus is the gentleman that I worked with at the Sanctuary and, after the tornado, he gave me the application and number to contact UHW. One day, outside of my new UHW rental, I heard a lawnmower, I looked out of the window and it was him cutting the grass. I went on a cleaning job and UHW had contracted my neighbor to do some work. I have to say it, God is good. Seeing this many of my friends and neighbors let me know it wasn't just me that UHW was employing. They contracted many vendors within the community, so I would like to give back anyway I can, because that is what you do when you've been helped out as well.

I feel like my story is exemplary of UHW’s vision of self-sustainability and community growth. There are many organizations that say they are doing the work but how many are in the trenches getting real results. I believe Urban Homeworks is one of them. I’ve been working and renting with UHW for about 5 years now and would love to share more of the journey my family has been on.

Warm Regards,

Carl Billingsley

Carl is a resident, vendor, and POD Council Member at Urban Homeworks. Look for the rest of his story in our April Edition of The Front Porch.



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