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Local Church Volunteers Make Over Heart of Iowa

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An HGTV-Worthy Facelift for ASAC’s Cedar Rapids Women and Children’s Program

ASAC’s Heart of Iowa residential treatment facility for women and children had its own extreme makeover on July 20, 2019. A dedicated crew of more than 50 parishioners from Stonebridge Church in Cedar Rapids braved the blistering heat to clean, scrub, paint, repair and decorate the Heart of Iowa facility. Each year, Heart of Iowa serves about 150 women and 200 children. As you can imagine, there is a lot of wear and tear on the buildings and furnishings from so much activity.

As for most nonprofits, regular spruce-ups of ASAC’s facilities aren’t always in the budget, so volunteer service days provide an opportunity to address the facility issues that aren’t immediate and pressing, but make a huge difference in how the facility looks and feels to residents, staff and visitors. Stonebridge Church volunteers knocked it out of the park on their Serve Day, by adding an artistic element to their painting and repair efforts. Their encouraging decor was the cherry on the top of an amazing project.

HOI Director Kathy Brogla expresses what we all feel: “Walking into HOI this morning literally took my breath away and filled me with such a sense of beauty, gratitude, and humility that no words could ever describe…A full-hearted thank you to the generous people of Stonebridge Church… the magnitude of volunteers who were here working in such awful weather-related conditions to clean, paint, repair, wash, decorate and support HOI and the families we serve was a blessing beyond anything I could have imagined.”

  • Stonebridge Volunteers getting artsy
  • Stonebridge Church volunteers painting
  • Repairing rail
  • HOI lobby play area
  • HOI Hope Begins Here wall art
  • Art Creation