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|Markos Egure of Wes Kos Images paints final touches on mural for youth room. |
The Youth Enrichment Room is a project to create a safe space for youth to connect with one another at White Rock Village, a property of Mercy Housing. White Rock Village is a property of Mercy Housing in El Dorado Hills that provides affordable housing to create stable and healthy communities by developing, financing and operating affordable, program-enriched housing for families, seniors and people with special needs who lack the economic resources to access quality, safe housing opportunities.
Some of the programs offered in the room include youth leadership, homework club, KidZone, and arts and crafts. The Mercy Foundation contributed a grant of $15,000 to make this happen. The last part of the project was to do a mural that would reflect the White Rock Village community, include ideas from the youth and the messaging to inspire the youth who use the room.
Read the full story here
that was published in the Village Life
. You can also watch a video of how this project came together with youth involvement at this link
Joshua Alexander and his family lived at White Rock Village, a property of Mercy Housing that provides affordable housing to create stable and healthy communities by providing affordable, program-enriched housing for families, seniors and people with special needs who lack the economic resources to access quality, safe housing opportunities.
He volunteered while living there and worked with the youth as a youth leader. Know he works for Mercy Housing. Read the inspirational story here
The White Rock Village Community Care Team is committed to serving its community. The team consists mostly of residents who live at White Rock Village and have decided to give back to the neighborhood and community at large.
The team of volunteers wear T-shirts that read on the back “Demonstrating our care by doing our neighbor good” and they are doing just that.
Iva Bartley volunteers by facilitating the KidzLit Reading Program and teaching an art class at White Rock Village.
“I enjoy reading a story with the kids and taking their understanding of the story to another level and seeing the expression on the their faces as this happens is priceless,” she said. “When that happens you know you have been successful.”
It started off simple enough – a group of women living at White Rock Village wanted to knit hats for family and friends.
It is very helpful to receive these caps,”
Rebecca Drahmann, who is the Patient Services Supervisor at the El Dorado Community Health Center, said. ”
It is nice to receive something that is hand-made. It is obviously made with love. Anything hand-made comes from the heart. It just means so much more.”
The WRV knitting team has donated 1186 caps to various organizations since they started last year.
The team has donated to Marshall Hospital, Kaiser Roseville, Mercy San Juan, the Cancer Resource Center and the Infant Parent Center in Cameron Park and plans to continue to donate to these organizations.
White Rock Village is a property of Mercy Housing in El Dorado Hills which provides affordable housing to create stable and healthy communities by developing, financing and operating affordable, program-enriched housing for families, seniors and people with special needs who lack the economic resources to access quality, safe housing opportunities.
Eddie Zacapa, the resident services coordinator at the property said, “
It is inspiring to watch these ladies grow the team and donate these caps to local hospitals and organizations. We all benefit when we have an opportunity to give to others.”
The knitting team meets on Wednesdays and Fridays at WRV at 10 a.m. and is looking for more volunteers and more donations of yarn and fleece to make more caps and blankets. If you are interested in helping or making a donation please contact Resident Services Coordinator Eddie Zacapa at 916-941-2357
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