The GSRA team has been very busy the past few weeks giving back to the community. Who knew that getting up at the “crack of dawn” on a Saturday could be so fun AND rewarding!
Hearts & Hammers
GSRA was well-represented again this year at the annual Hearts and Hammers weekends. With only two days to do necessary repairs, painting, cleaning and general “sprucing up”, Saturday, September 14th and Saturday, September 21st were quite busy around our selected project house.
As always, our homeowner was overwhelmed by the results and couldn’t have been happier.
Thank you to all the staff members who spent their weekend time DOING GOOD.
Hearts and Hammers is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 by former Peace Corps Volunteer, Bob Walker. From one home painted by 24 volunteers the first year, the project has grown to three thousand volunteers who have refurbished close to a thousand homes.
A seven member board of directors and a 40+ member council, coordinate the workings of this all volunteer group. Our mission is to repair the homes of low income homeowners, most of who are elderly and disabled. City building inspectors identify the homes in need of repair. The homeowners are qualified through the People Helping People group of the Dallas City Department of Housing and Neighborhood Services. Hearts and Hammers then recruits volunteer teams through businesses, churches, civic groups and schools to work on the homes.