Jonathan Sutorus via Crowdrise
February 28, 2012
BENEFITING: Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay Inc
EVENT DATE: May 26, 2012
“The R.I.C.H. House, commonly known as the Weed and Seed House, gives neighborhood children a positive alternative to hanging out in the streets where they are often unsupervised and can get into trouble. Tampa Police Officer Debbie Boles and Site Coordinator Earl Silas run the safe haven and act as role models for the children in the community. “
My name is Jonathan Sutorus and I am an AmeriCorps member serving with Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay. As part of my term of service, I am tasked with completing a service project. For my service project, I am attempting to rehab the Resources in Community Hope House, otherwise known as the RICH House in Sulphur Springs during the week of May 20-26.
We at Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay specialize in the rehabilitation and renovation of homes for low income home owners that are unable to so for themselves. We focus on Healthy Homes and Energy Efficiency initiatives with a bent towards larger projects (roofs, kitchens, bathrooms). We have rehabbed or renovated 43 homes in Progress Village since April of 2011 along with many more homes throughout the greater Tampa Bay area over the same time period.
The RICH House is a safe place for the youth of Sulphur Springs to go to in lieu of “hanging out” on the street. It was founded and is operated by the Tampa Police Department. The on-site resource officer is a Ms. Debbie Boles. Officer Boles’s degree is in Interior Design and her motherly nature shows through with all her interactions with the youth of the RICH House. She is very enthusiastic about the project to rehab the RICH House.
The RICH House is currently in need of a good amount of tlc. The RICH House currently has everything from broken tiles to worn out doors in need of repair or replacement. It is also in need of an upgrade to the computer system and I would also like to add some support for the arts, as that is currently lacking from their offerings. Officer Boles would also love to have a new picnic table to replace the old one that that used to be on site.