CHR Unveils New Homes of Love Campaign at Mardi Gras

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In the midst of the smells, sights and sounds of CHR’s festive Mardi Gras event held this past Saturday at The Dunes, Community Housing and Resources (CHR) unveiled a very special new giving campaign known as Homes of Love, made possible in part by their unique partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement. The Homes of Love campaign is a tangible giving opportunity for supporters to directly give back and make an impact in CHR’s most critical units in need of complete rehabilitation.

Currently, five of CHR’s units are down to the studs and are in need of exhaustive and comprehensive rehabilitation due to water damage in order to get them back in condition to return them to the supply of affordable houses on Sanibel, which is critical for the full-time workers, families, seniors and disabled residents that rely on CHR’s program. The cost to rehabilitate each unit is approximately $20,000 and includes every last item to take these units that are currently studs and concrete and return them to true Homes of Love for CHR’s deserving residents. Supporters can sponsor an entire room or select items such as appliances, flooring, fixtures and more. Local clubs and organizations are encouraged to partner together making their combined dollars have an even larger impact.

The first local organization to sponsor CHR’s Homes of Love is the Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club, which has provided a grant to renovate an entire bathroom for one of the critical units. This $5,000 grant covers everything needed for the unit’s bathroom, including the tub/shower combo, the sink and fixtures, vanity cabinets, the toilet, and all plumbing and labor, all provided at discounted prices by Lowe’s. This commitment from Kiwanis provides an immediate, tangible, and crucial building block in CHR’s Homes of Love campaign. “The Kiwanis Club has a mission to support Island youth, and through this grant we can help CHR provide important housing services to deserving families and children on Sanibel,” said Kiwanis president Chris Heidrick. “Our club was happy to step up to this Homes of Love challenge once we learned how immediate and urgent the need to repair these units was. We are honored to be the first sponsor to get the momentum of the campaign going and are hopefully the first in a long line of community supporters yet to come.”