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Transforming Cornerstone's Lodge: A Community Effort

At Cornerstone's Lodge Homeless Shelter, we've always believed in the power of community and the spirit of volunteerism. This belief was beautifully demonstrated in our recent project to renovate and rejuvenate the Lodge, which has served as a safe haven for many. Thanks to our incredible volunteers, the Lodge has undergone a significant transformation, addressing long-standing issues and giving the space a much-needed facelift.

Why the Renovation Was Necessary

For years, the Lodge's infrastructure had been crying out for attention:

- The drywall, though patched multiple times, had never been painted, leaving it looking unfinished and worn.

- The walls were coated with old, dingy paint that dimmed the light of our living spaces.

- The kitchen cabinets were not only aesthetically outdated but also functionally impaired, with several broken drawers and doors hanging off their hinges.

- Perhaps most urgently, the bathroom sink was non-functional, plagued by leaking water lines and instability.

Our Volunteer Heroes

Addressing these issues required a dedicated team, and thankfully, the response from our volunteers was overwhelming:

- Drywall Patching: Rick Luginbuhl took on the task of miscellaneous drywall patching. His meticulous work ensured that our walls were not only stable but also ready for a fresh coat of paint.

- Living Room Painting: The team from United Congregational Church of Tolland, led by Melissa Spindler-Smith, brought new life to our living room. Their hard work transformed the space into a welcoming area for our residents to relax and socialize.

- Bathrooms and Kitchen Overhaul: The youth group from Ellington Apostolic Christian Church, guided by Jacob Gerber, undertook the extensive task of painting the bathrooms and kitchen. They didn't stop there; they also replaced the old cabinets and fixed the crucial plumbing issues, ensuring that these essential facilities were not only functional but also pleasing to the eye.

In total, this incredible team of volunteers dedicated 107 hours of labor to the Lodge. Their commitment and hard work have not only revitalized a physical space but have also reinforced the sense of community and support that Cornerstone strives to provide.

A Heartfelt Thank You

We are immensely grateful to every volunteer who contributed to this project. Your efforts have made a tangible difference in the lives of those who depend on the Lodge for shelter and support. This project has not just been about renovation; it's been about heart, community, and the belief that everyone deserves a dignified space to call home.

Thanks to your generosity and spirit, the Lodge now stands as a testament to what we can achieve together. Here's to many more projects that empower and uplift our community!

Alexis Flint

Programs and Operations Director

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