The Movement and Dream Center prepare home for local family

WARREN — Members of The Movement and Mahoning Valley Dream Center, both of Warren, spent the past week preparing a home on Vine Avenue in Warren to be given this weekend to a local family.

The effort was part of ”Love Week” organized by the church.

Pastor Doug Garasic of The Movement said the abandoned two-and-a-half story home at 340 Vine Avenue was rehabilitated both inside and outside since Monday by hundreds of volunteers, both adults and children, from the two organizations with assistance from Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership.

”We worked to make it a home for a local family who did not have a home. We have been gutting it and rebuilding it. We took a house and made it into a home,” Garasic said.

Garasic said several local businesses contributed to the project, which included a new front porch, new kitchen, new flooring, new windows, painting, and landscaping.

He said The Movement approached TNP and the Dream Center about the project and finding an available home for a family.

Marcella Zinz of the Dream Center said this is the first home worked on as part of several different outreaches. She said during the week, 400 volunteers were scheduled.

”There have been people signing up every day to help paint or do drywall. Everyone helps where they are needed,” Zinz said.

Volunteers inside the home helped with scraping walls, putting in cabinets and flooring, creating a walk-in pantry off the kitchen, and creating a book room for children on the second floor.

Zinz said what is nice is the home is next to a community garden.

Emily Smith and Melinda Smith, both of Vienna, said they heard of the effort and wanted to do what they could to help. The two helped with placing mulch around the home.

Zinz said the Dream Center also helps with food distribution, and the ”Adopt a Block” program every Saturday to help a local neighborhood.

”We find local needs and try to help fulfill them. We want to help people,” Zinz said.

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