The Children’s Home on Reynolda Road has seen its share of challenges in recent years. But thanks to innovative efforts and the compassionate work of volunteers, we’re betting that it’s going to make it.
Recently on this page, we applauded the home’s farm cart, which markets its fresh produce. The home will need more innovative efforts like that in the years ahead. And it will need more volunteer help of the sort that the Journal’s Wesley Young wrote about recently. “Volunteers from the Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem, the men’s group from Ardmore United Methodist Church, Habitat for Humanity and people who have been working to keep farm operations going at the home” gave it their all to help the home construct a new headquarters for its farm operation, Young reported. He wrote that the “Farmery” will include two offices, a walk-in cooler and a sales area.
These volunteers mapped out a plan to keep the farm operation on track after The Children’s Home decided earlier in the year to give away its farm animals amid a restructuring brought about by a cash squeeze. The farm cart, which offers tomatoes, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, eggs and other produce, was part of that plan. The new building, another spot where the home can sell its products, enhances that plan.
Ron Ricci, the vice president of the Home Builders, told the Journal that his group was excited to help out. “We have all been concerned about The Children’s Home and want to do our part to help out,” he said. “They will raise money by selling the produce, and to do that, they need a store.”
Local architect Jeff Brinker of Brinker Designs laid out new plan for the building. Volunteer Debbie Williams, a teacher, said she pitched in because her job keeps her from doing much volunteer work during the school year. She said, “Whenever they do something that I can do, I try to help,” she said. She swung a mallet, helping to chip away at an old chimney. “I’m finding that I’m better at tearing up than building,” she said. “I’m good at picking things up and throwing them away.”
She said she was amazed at the transformation her fellow volunteers were effecting.
Volunteer Fowler Ruffin told the Journal that more help will be needed in the days for come for landscaping, painting and furnishing.
We suspect the home will get that help. Ours is a caring community that knows a good project when it sees it.