Church group, Scouts aid Arc in remodeling project
by Rachel Davis
Sep 01, 2013 | 1464 views | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Arc of Walker County’s waiting area got a facelift Saturday, thanks to a group of volunteers from Jasper’s First Church of the Nazarene.

Scott Day, who organized the work day for the church, said the church uses offerings collected during its Kids Crusade to help someone in the community. While brainstorming what organization would benefit this year, Day said the Arc seemed like a natural choice since many of the kids at the church benefit from the Arc’s programs.

“We’re big on community,” Day said. “We thought that would be a wonderful program to help because they do so much for our community.”

The group painted the waiting area and the furniture, pressure washed the outside of the building and did some landscaping to improve the curb appeal of the building.

The church group donated their time as well as the supplies for the makeover. Day said Boy Scout Troop 10 also assisted by providing volunteers.

Angela Washington, the director of children’s programs, said the improvements were greatly needed since the waiting area had not been repainted in the seven years she had been there. She also expressed appreciation to the volunteers for making such an impact on the center and the clients they serve.

Although the paint jobs provided an instant lift, Day said the group isn’t finished at the Arc.

“I do believe it will be an ongoing project,” Day said. “We will come back and do more in the future.”

One ongoing project will be a mural on one wall. Day said they were going to take their time and make sure the mural would really make an impact.