CHARLOTTE, NC — On Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 9:00am to 12:00pm a group of contractors and volunteers led by Michael Powell of Country Living Inc. will be renovating and redecorating a local apartment for a homeless A Child’s Place client family. A Child’s Place is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education.

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church underwrites the expense of two northwest Charlotte apartments to benefit client families of A Child’s Place (ACP). The ACP Social Work staff selects client families to live at the apartments rent and utility free for up to six months. This opportunity means their children have stable housing while homeless parents pay off old debts, save money and improve their employment status. An ACP social worker handles each family’s case and follows the family through their transition to permanent housing.

A Child’s Place relies on volunteer groups to redo the apartments when families move out. The idea is to make the apartment fresh and new for each family as they move in. ACP also secures furniture and household items which the family can take when they are ready to move into a home of their own. The current volunteers and donors are providing a much needed makeover for one apartment.

The renovation cost is close to $13,250; ACP’s cost $0. All the labor and materials are being donated. The renovation includes new paint, flooring, cabinets, countertops, and wall and ceiling repairs. Contractors included in apartment renovation are Country Living Inc., All About The Pipes, and Contractors Flooring.

On Saturday morning the group will finish patching the walls and painting them, clean and prep the floors, and install the cabinets and countertops. After the permanent fixtures have been installed a second group of volunteers will bring in furniture and household goods donated by members of Trinity Fellowship Church and organized by volunteer Amanda Fesperman.

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About A Child’s Place
Homelessness for children isn’t just about where they lay their heads at night; it’s about where their heads are during the day at school, too. Founded in 1989, A Child’s Place of Charlotte is working to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education, reaching nearly 1,600 children during the 2009-10 school year. Unfortunately, some 4,453 homeless students are enrolled in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. To learn more about A Child’s Place, a 501(c)3 public charity, or to make a donation, call 704-343-3790 or visit www.achildsplace.org.

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