As employee owners we are extremely proud of the professional contractors we serve. They are incredible examples of those that strive to make our community a better place by building, remodeling and maintaining the structures we call home.
Recently, Paul Arndt from Tiny’s Drywall and Arndt Family Construction along with our store manager at Angeles Millwork, Greg Olekas, were given the opportunity to engage our local contractor client base and arrange a work party. The assistance would help in the renovation of a home owned by school teacher Kelly Sanders to be used as an Oxford House for women and their children.
Oxford House is a concept in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. In its simplest form, an Oxford House is a democratically run, self-supporting and drug free home. Each house represents a remarkably effective and low-cost method for preventing relapse.
Paul and Greg found quite a few of our contractors that were eager to help out. Ozzy Swagerty of EarthTech Construction and Roofing, Kenny Grimes from Kandu Enterprises, Ron Reynolds of Ron Reynolds Construction, and licensed contractor Michael Rivers all pitched in a full day of their time to hang doors and install trim. Sheldon Koehler of Port Angeles Lockworks installed door knobs and new locks on entry doors.
The appreciation was stated perfectly in the thank you note from Ms. Sanders to Greg, “It has been a tremendous encouragement to me, through all the trials of this renovation project, to see the support of our community toward changing the course of these women’s and children’s lives.”
As employee owned stores, we applaud the efforts and desire to assist the community by our clients. Strong and resilient communities are built from within by those that tend to make the least amount of noise. It is important though that their stories are told and celebrated, as much for the recognition of a job well done but to hopefully encourage others to also offer their time, services and funds for the community’s benefit.