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Arc of the Piedmont Home Improvements Benefit Residents

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A group of Charlottesville nonprofits is teaming up to make life a little easier for four women with intellectual disabilities who live on their own. The people involved with the project hope that improvements to the women's home will lead to improvements in their lives.

The Arc of the Piedmont owns several homes in the area, and one of the homes, on Jefferson Park Circle required a lot of maintenance. With a $12,000 development block grant from the City of Charlottesville, and volunteer labor from the Building Goodness Foundation, work is now well on its way for the home.

Crews have already fixed some unfinished drywall and painted some of the rooms. They'll continue by fixing a leak in the roof, putting HVAC units in the upstairs bedrooms, and resurfacing the uneven front steps with new stones.

"I think it will mean a lot for them. It will definitely make their living situation more livable, more viable. It'll be a brighter area to live in and a better place to come home to," said Michael Boggs, from the Building Goodness Foundation.

Boggs said Building Goodness participates in projects that are ongoing, and will go beyond people's immediate need to help them throughout their lives. "It means a lot to me to help out, it means a lot to Building Goodness to be able to partner with the Arc of the Piedmont," Boggs said.

The director of the Arc of the Piedmont, John Santoski, said Christmas has come early for Maude, Pam, Selina, and Valerie, the four women who live in the home. All four have intellectual disabilities, and three of the women have hearing impairments as well.

"They really do fit into the fabric of the neighborhood and whatever we can do to help preserve the historical nature of the house, the integrity of the house, and the safety and make it a place where we're proud to be part of the neighborhood is really important to us as well," Santoski said.

He goes on to say that improvements will have health benefits for the women, since their home is now warmer and safer.

The Arc of the Piedmont is hosting a charity dinner at 7 p.m. on December 2 at the Clifton Inn in Charlottesville. Tickets are $100, half of which is tax deductible. There will be a four course dinner with wine and dessert.
For more information you can call or email David White at The Arc of the Piedmont at 434-977-4002, ext. 136, or dwhite@thearcofhepiedmont.org.  All funds raised support the programs of Arc of the Piedmont.
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