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.
As told to Urban Homeworks by Marti Ward
Marti Ward was a Special Education teacher from 1973-2005. After retirement, Marti became the proud Grandmother of triplets, which as you can imagine, filled some of her time. But she felt herself asking, “Where do I belong?” Her overwhelming desire to help people and carry out her believe in Jesus through her actions wasn’t being fulfilled. Retirement sometimes sounds like the light at the end of the tunnel, but after 32 years in a classroom, life without it felt like a dark void. But, as she says…you know how God works.
By chance, she saw an Urban Homeworks truck sitting outside a coffee shop. The “Urban” part caught her eye. Growing up in Robbinsdale, she liked the sound of an “urban” company. The “homeworks” spoke to her and brought forth memories of her dad, who was a carpenter. Now, if you have met Marti, you will know that she is a go getter who will talk to anyone, and true to form, she marched inside where she came face to face with Chad Schwitters.
Now, 10 years later, Marti is an office staple at Urban Homeworks and an avid cheerleader for our mission. Each Thursday, she bounds in, eager to help. If you have volunteered on site, you very well may have gotten a thank you phone call from her. Mass mailings you receive from us are often her doing, and the deep dark basement of our offices are organized to a T thanks to her.
Of Urban Homeworks, Marti says, “This is the best work environment I have ever been in. I fit here.” And we most certainly agree.