Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida helps beautify and paint homes

Ashley Montgomery | 3/6/2014, 9 a.m.
For the past nine years, Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida [NHSSF] has hosted its Community Paint and Beautification Day. ...

For the past nine years, Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida [NHSSF] has hosted its Community Paint and Beautification Day. This spring is no different than the rest, and NHSSF has all hands on deck once again. 

This effort is meant to bring together hundreds of community volunteers, NHSSF staff and corporate sponsors

to help revitalize the homes of low-to-moderate income residents in need. 

NHSSF is a local not-for-profit organization that collaborates with residents and other stakeholders to stabilize neighborhoods and develop sustainable housing. 

Homeowners have been previously selected to receive modifications in the Coconut Grove area this year and one happens to have history that goes far and beyond.

“The painting and landscaping done through Community Paint and Beautification Day has a positive impact on the overall desirability of a neighborhood,” Arden Shank, president and CEO of NHSSF said. 

Nine homes in Coconut Grove Village West will be receiving services from the NHHSF and participants. Over the past decade, the event has raised more than $150,000 in donations, gained more than 1,000 volunteers and assisted more than 55 homeowners. 

Exterior painting, light landscape restoration, and school supply care kits will be given out 

Wesley Truesdell, 97, is a decorated World War II Veteran among those chosen this year. He has lived in his home for the past 50 years along with his daughter, Michelle whom also takes care of him. 

Truesdell is one of the very view WWII Veterans alive, particularly in the Coconut Grove, Miami area. 

Spokesperson for NHHSF, Victoria Fear says that the organization is excited to be expanding into new territory this year. 

“This is the first year that we will be working here [Coconut Grove], we have been developing relationships for some time and we want to show them that we care,” Fear said. 

In addition to the nine homes, NHSSF is also planning to donate school supply care kits. The organization is asking that all volunteers bring school supplies for students to give to students from Frances S. Tucker Elementary, Lorah Park Elementary and Earlington Heights Elementary. 

“Our goal is to make kits for 78 classrooms, impacting over 1,200 students,” Fear said. 

Fear added that an event like this reflects their overall mission, which is to collaborate with the community. 

“We want to empower homeowners to have a sense of pride in their community by creating small home improvements,” Fear said. 

NHSSF has worked closely with the Brownsville community for years and this is the first time that they plan to expand into new territory. 

This is a true testament that there are amazing organizations and genuine people that care about the well-being of others. If you’re interested in volunteering, you must be 14 or older.