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A Brush With Kindness Offered In Oswego

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego County Habitat for Humanity is excited to announce a new initiative that will assist low-income homeowners with necessary home repairs and increase the curb appeal of their property.

Planning committee members meet in preparation for Oswego County Habitat for Humanity’s new initiative, A Brush With Kindness. From left are Oswego County Habitat for Humanity board members Alan Williams, Bob Smith, John Zanewych, Rich Hughes and Bruce Holman. Absent is committee and board member, Allen Ness.
Planning committee members meet in preparation for Oswego County Habitat for Humanity’s new initiative, A Brush With Kindness. From left are Oswego County Habitat for Humanity board members Alan Williams, Bob Smith, John Zanewych, Rich Hughes and Bruce Holman. Absent is committee and board member, Allen Ness.

Working in partnership with the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, Oswego County Habitat for Humanity has begun its A Brush with Kindness program.

An exterior home preservation program, A Brush With Kindness offers painting, landscaping, weather stripping, and minor repairs for homeowners in need.

According to Habitat for Humanity board member Rich Hughes, the goal of the program is to serve low-income homeowners impacted by age, disability and family circumstances, who are struggling to maintain the exterior of their homes.

“A Brush With Kindness, with its focus on preserving and rehabilitating homes, is a perfect compliment to our core mission of making decent, affordable housing available to low-income families,” Hughes said.

Projects available through A Brush With Kindness include:

– Exterior scraping, caulking, and painting

– Window repair (screen, glass, glazing)

– Minor siding and trim repair

– Minor roof repair and soffit or fascia replacement

– Door replacement

– Landscaping (pruning and trimming, weeding, reseeding)

– Cleanup, brush / junk removal

–  Weather stripping

“A Brush With Kindness is part of Habitat for Humanity’s larger Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. This initiative gives us a great opportunity to help more families in need, as well as have an impact on the entire neighborhood,” Hughes said.

Habitat selects partner families based on income, need and willingness to partner. Habitat volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to keep costs low and take no profit for their services.

A no-interest loan is made to the homeowner.

Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor – “sweat equity” – into building their homes and the homes of others.

Community members interested in applying for Oswego County Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush With Kindness may visit www.oswegohabitat.org to download an application.

Applications state the specific financial and other requirements of the program.

For more information please email [email protected], or call 315-751-4663.

A Brush With Kindness is underwritten by a grant from Valspar, Habitat’s National Paint Partner.

Oswego County Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seek to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Oswego County Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing.  Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people.