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.
For the past four years, Paul Oman, a member of St. Joan of Arc Church in Minneapolis, has been a steady fixture as a worksite volunteer. He started volunteering with the Joan of Arc group at the recommendation of a friend and has enjoyed the work so much that he also joined the Quicksilvers last year, allowing him the chance to be onsite weekly.
When asked what motivates him to volunteer he said “after a career involving lots of paper pushing office work, it's nice to be able to see tangible results of my work. Also, I used to own rental property and appreciate the need for affordable housing in North Minneapolis.” When asked what keeps him coming back week after week Paul responded, “I appreciate the good work we're doing and I support the mission.”
Paul, thank you for the important, and oftentimes dusty, part you play in our mission of providing affordable dignified homes for neighbors in our community!
We'd love to recruit volunteers from your church or organization by sharing more about the transformative work being done to reshape neighborhoods. Contact Lauren Mitchell to learn more!