I smile as I think of the wonderful weekend with the Impact Junkie team in Washington DC area this past weekend. What an incredible team of people who use their abilities, talents and skills to help domestically and internationally. Impact Junkie
On this trip I stumbled across a project I need help with this year. The White is an old gorgeous home that has the best kind of creaky floors. It is located behind The Dream Center created by Mark Batterson’s Dream Team to give people a place to hang out, learn, grow, get their families involved in productive after school activities like ballet, martial arts and even basketball. Walking through the White house with my Impact Junkie team, we began checking off the list of things we would want to get done like:
- cleaning grout,
- fixing two broken toilets,
- collecting all the holiday decorations from the attic and basement and
- organizing those for the upcoming season.
I was excited to be there but my heart kept tugging me to explore the old house more…until I found the sun-room.
The sun-room was a warm haven. Quiet with huge glass windows that overlooked the beautiful DC residential area. As cold and windy as it was outside, I was warm and toasty and my heart felt peace in that sun-room. I decided to make this my project for the day. I cleaned, dusted, mopped and made it shine the best it could but it lacks art supplies and paint on the walls as well as it misses two window panes…the holes covered by wooden planks.
If you want a legitimate place to invest in. A place that really needs a small touch of love for it to really bloom and thrive I offer to you the other White House on South Pennsylvania Ave in Washington DC.
As I swept the floors I picked up old hand drawn art projects from children I will never meet. I thought about those kids and smiled. I prayed God would paint beautiful memories in their minds and cover any nightmares of memories they might have.
I dusted baseboards and asked God to dust away any debris in the kids’ lives that might be covering talents they could use to grow and have productive lives in the future.
I cleaned away old glitter from long past projects and prayed God would fill their lives with sparkle.
This was a peaceful place for children to come and be safe and artistically grow. As we washed the windows we noticed repairs needed. Two window panes are missing covered by wooden boards.
There are no art supplies left. Only broken chalk.
The three tables are sturdy but mismatched and their vinyl chairs are torn and the stuffing is coming out.
The one wall is beige and scratched from constantly been touched by little hands.
My friend Zuri came to check on me and I showed her the things I wouldn’t be able to fix today but it would be easy to make this room incredible.
Our idea? Let’s adopt this sun-room!
- Chalkboard paint.
- Three new donated tables and chairs.
- And the IMPACTJUNKIE logo over the newly adopted door.
- And of course the art supplies.
We would need a group of people with a vision to donate and contribute a very small amount of money to go to buying good art supplies monthly.
An idea was born and I have to see it through.
I may not be able to go overseas and do missions but I can offer these simple solutions and help kids here. If you’re interested in helping at all reach out to me and I promise 100% will go to those renovations. I can’t wait to show you the updates…the improvements on the adopted IMPACTJUNKIE sunroom. I have shared pictures with you here to show you what the room looks like right now. Color and new supplies would be all this room needed. Feel free to contact me: LauraAranda@owlofhope.com