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Ty's House

First Name Jody
Last Name Foster
E-mail jodyandkim.foster@gmail.com
Club Name Kin Club of Florenceville
District # 7
Number of Members 11-25
Community Size Small community (less than 20,000)
Community Type Rural
Project Name Ty's House
Type of Project (check all that apply) Community Improvement Project (ex. Tree planting, Playground or Pool Build), Other
If other, please describe Built a new home for a family
Was this project a fundraiser? No
Description of project Upon learning that a 12-year-old boy named Ty was living in deplorable living conditions with his Mom and Grandmother, our club set out to build Ty and his family a new home. Many Member hours and donated time from professionals helped this happen.
Service Hours 100+
Did you leverage this project as a way to recruit new members? No
If you answered yes to the question above, please explain:
How was this project promoted in your community? Tyís house account has now been closed and the bills have been paid. We contacted the local paper and they wrote a great article on the whole project. The club wrote up nice thank you letters and sent them to all people who were involved with a picture of the home after completion. Our club was humbled by the experience we had doing this and seeing the smiles on Tyís face every time we showed up to do work on his home.
What were some challenges you faced with this project, and how could your project be improved?
What was the approximate budget for this project? $15,000+
If the project was a fundraiser, what were the sources of revenue for this project? The club started fund raising in the form of breakfasts, yard sales, and beating the pavement for donations. The club set up meetings with other service clubs in the area and went over the project with them. It was not long and we had $5000 commitment from the Bath Lions, $2000 from the Florenceville Rotary, and $200 from the Bath K of C.
The club had great success in the private sector with a $5000 donation from Robby Brenan from Brenan Farms in Hartland. Robbie is a huge supporter of our club and the work we do. Got huge discounts from the local hardware stores along with donations of pressure treated lumber to build the front steps and all the skirting materials from Best home building supplies in Florenceville.
By the end of September we had the money raised and the home was purchased. The home was delivered and set in place the first of October and ready to give it some tender loving care before we let the Ogdenís move in.

Brad Dickinson of Anderson Electric in Hartland donated his people to hook up all the electrical along with all the permits and dealing with NB Power. Nick Monroe of Sticks and Stones landscaping in Florenceville donated his mini excavator to run the sewer and water lines. Connors well drilling along with Simonds well drilling from Centreville worked together to hook up the water and helped Vinylís plumbing from Centreville hook up the sewer. Jody organized a work party and the front steps were built with a nice 8x10 deck and railing and the skirting was put on the home. We had a lot of volunteers show up and help crack fill and paint the inside along with new mouldings and a complete renovation of the bathroom. We felt that the bathroom was the most important room in the house where the one they had was not functional.

Brennan Farms: $5,000.00
Bath Lions: $5,000.00
Florenceville Rotery: $2,000.00
Bath Knights of Columbus: $200.00
Local Churches: $2,800.00
Kin Yard Sale: $400.00
Kin Breakfast: $1,000.00
Private donations: $2,000.00
Kin Club topped up: $150.00
Total: $18,550.00
If this was a fundraiser, how much money was raised (minus expenses)? Not Applicable
What were the expenses for this project? Building permit: $25.00- Got for half price
Home:$17,000.00- Gave at cost and free delivery and set up
Prep ground:$1,275.00- Fuel prices went down
Sewer and well hook up:$250.00- Donated time just material cost
Electrical service hook up:$0.00- Donated time and material cost
Home inspection:$0.00- Donated time
New entry steps with landing: $0.00- Donated time and material cost
Insulation and skirting:$0.00- Donated time and material cost
Repaint interior:$0.00- Donated time and material cost
New trim and mouldings:$0.00- Donated time and material cost
Bathroom renovation:$0.00- Donated time and material cost
Total: $18,550.00
Is there anything else you would like to share that would assist another club in duplicating this project in their community? As you can see it was not just a Kin project it was a community building project. A Community building a home, a nice warm home for Ty, free of mold, and leaks with a working bathroom. This was a community investment in our future where Ty can now concentrate on the important things in his life like school where he excels.
Tyís house account has now been closed and the bills have been paid. We contacted the local paper and they wrote a great article on the whole project. The club wrote up nice thank you letters and sent them to all people who were involved with a picture of the home after completion. Our club was humbled by the experience we had doing this and seeing the smiles on Tyís face every time we showed up to do work on his home. Jody and Ty became good friends through the whole process and Ty followed Jody around helping him with whatever task he was doing whether it was renovating the bathroom, building the front steps or putting on the skirting.