30 April 2016: Earlier this month, several organizations and a multitude of people came together to completely change the face of the Free At Last Men’s Residence. A place that houses 18 men at a time, this residence is critical to the FAL recovery program. It provides a space to not only heal but also to reconnect and rekindle relationships with family and close friends. For this reason, this revamp was much anticipated by FAL staff.
After six months of planning alongside FAL’s long time supporter, Rebuilding Together Peninsula, April 22nd finally kicked off the efforts on the ground. Habitat for Humanity’s Greater San Francisco chapter, well known for their ability to handle complex construction and repair work stepped in to support FAL. This was the first time they took on such a large project onsite. They worked meticulously and diligently to remove dry rot, patch it up, redo the deck by fixing up old boards and adding new ones then painting it all. They laid out prepped materials for the weekend’s Menlo Church volunteers. Between Habitat for Humanity and Menlo Church, FAL’s Men’s Residence saw between 50 to 100 volunteers. They, together, redid the deck, put in a play space for kids visiting residents, put in a workout area and even redid the kitchen garden. Take a look at the before pictures below:
Here are the dramatically different after pictures:
Many thanks to Habitat for Humanity’s Greater SF chapter, to Menlo Park Church and to Rebuilding Together Peninsula. Your support is very much appreciated.